20 Most Talented Actor-Singers Who Are Changing The Industry

Most entertainers are known for either singing or acting, actor-singers occupy their own respected lane. Though some stars claim to have the talent to command an audience with both their voices and dramatic skills, in reality, most are living a misguided fantasy.

Luckily, there are several “double threats” who have made a legitimate name for themselves in both creative arenas. Comfortable singing songs or memorizing lines of dialogue, these talented stars revel in their dual abilities — some more humbly than others.

So the question is which Hollywood stars have proved themselves in both music and film? Below we have 20 of the most talented actor-singers.

Justin Timberlake

Though he took quite a lengthy hiatus from music to focus on his acting career — see “The Social Network” and “Friends with Benefits” — J.T. burst back onto the scene this year (quite unexpectedly) with “The 20/20 Expereince,” a new album for fans to enjoy. And with a first week sales total of 968,000, it seems he hasn’t lost his spark.

Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah’s career spans television, music, movies and even a little modeling as a Cover Girl spokeswoman. She has used her love for music and acting to carve her own niche and still follow her passions.

Jennifer Hudson

From “American Idol” castoff to Oscar-winning actress, Jennifer Hudson has proven her powerful command in both acting and singing.  And with the addition of weight loss guru to her title, there seems to be nothing this woman can’t conquer.

Neil Patrick-Harris

Neil Patrick-Harris has successfully rekindled a television career, starred in several movies and to top it off, he has hosted three Tony Awards ceremonies — all of which allowed him to show off his vocal chops. This former child actor has definitely found the formula for a lasting career.

Gwyneth Paltrow

With the film “Country Strong,” Paltrow proved that she has the voice to match her acting skills — especially when it comes to performing country music.

Jamie Foxx

Oscar award winner Jamie Foxx toes the line of serious actor and soulful singer with ease.

Anne Hathaway

She might not be the best at playing humble, but you have to give it to Annie, her voice is up to par with her phenomenal acting skills.

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp might not be the strongest singer in this batch, but his commanding performance in “Sweeney Todd” most definitely proved he can hang with this class of double threats.


Her acting may come into question every once in a while — see the campy film “Obsession” — but there is no denying Beyonce’s vocal abilities. But her gritty role as the raw, unfiltered Etta James in “Cadillac Records” offered a refreshing view of what her acting skills may hold.

Jared Leto

Although Jared Leto is best known for his roster of songs as part of the rock band 30 Seconds To Mars, he also has quite the impressive resume of film roles.

Joaquin Phoenix

The Johnny Cash biopic “Walk The Line” pushed Phoenix’s singing chops into the country tinged spotlight. He was even nominated for an Oscar for the role.

Juliette Lewis

Juliette Lewis has embraced the rock star life, trading a successful acting career for a spot in her rock band Juliette & The Licks.

Jada Pinkett Smith

Actress and mother Jada Pinkett-Smith is another Hollywood star with a need to rock. She leads the rock band “Wicked Wisdom” along with tackling several successful film and television roles.

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman has starred in a long list of high grossing films, including the hit “Moulin Rouge” where she was able to show off her singing abilities.

Zooey Deschanel

Actress Zooey Deschanel explores her passion for music just as much as her love for acting. Her duo She & Him, which also consists of M. Ward, has released two albums. Their third comes out in May.

Olivia Newton-John

Grammy award winning Olivia Newton-John has also starred in a number of successful films. Can anyone say “Grease?”

Julie Andrews

Forever etched in the minds of many as the lovingly stern Mary Poppins, Julie Andrews is a glowing example of actor-singer success.

Alicia Keys

Following a stirring performance in “The Secret Life of Bees” Alicia Keys showed her acting has just as much promise as her extremely successful music career.

Tim McGraw

Country music heartthrob Tim McGraw has made quite the name for himself as an actor, nailing performances in “Four Christmases” and “The Blind Side.”

Kevin Bacon

Although acting stands as Kevin Bacon’s obvious day job, he still hits the stage as a member of his touring band Bacon Brothers Rock.

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