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Which singers turned actor do you rate the best & in which movies did they excel?

Asked by ucme (45991points) February 27th, 2010

A pretty diverse bunch have made the crossover & indeed vice versa.For every success there must be multiple failures,yes Sting I’m talking about you.Past or present lets hear your pick of the pops.

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DeanV's avatar

David Bowie in Labyrinth was… well, I just don’t know how to describe it.

njnyjobs's avatar

Ice Cube…. he started out as a singer/rapper and lately he’s been a lot of movies – some funny some dramatic…. although none of the movies are academy awards material, I sincerely enjoy the movies he’s in as Craig Jones character. Lately I saw The Longshots. a movie based on the real life events of Jasmine Plummer, the first female to participate in the Pop Warner football tournament.

ucme's avatar

@njnyjobs Wasn’t he in Deep Blue Sea?Whoever that was he was funny.

Captain_Fantasy's avatar

That was LL Cool J.

janbb's avatar

Mos Def was excellent in Monster’s Ball.

simone54's avatar

Will Smith is right answer. I’m not saying he an outstanding actor but he’s BIG. Do you know how much they pay him to do a movie?

srmorgan's avatar

Bobby Darin, in Captain Newman MD. circa 1962

Lulu in To Sir With Love.

Vunessuh's avatar

Jared Leto. Lead singer of 30 Seconds to Mars and an outstanding performance in Requiem for a Dream. Nuff’ said.

tinyfaery's avatar

Dwight Yoakam has made a nice transition. He was especially good in Panic Room. Scary.

njnyjobs's avatar

Queen Latifah . . . as voice in Ice Age series and as an actress quite a number of films, most recently The Secret Life of Bees and Mad Money . . .

ucme's avatar

Got to agree with @Vunessuh & @tinyfaery wise choices.I myself thought Harry Connick jr gave a suprisingly chilling performance in Copycat.Way removed from the singer in him.Impressive.

ucme's avatar

@rebbel I think her best roles are behind her.

njnyjobs's avatar

J.Lo as Selena was pretty good, I would say.

rebbel's avatar

@ucme I was trying to be funny.

ucme's avatar

@rebbel Ditto! Behind her. Butt I could be wrong. Oh never mind.

rebbel's avatar

@ucme Ah, behind her. I’m a bit slow.

aprilsimnel's avatar

When she has a director who makes her work, Jennifer Lopez is a fine actress. She did Selena and that Soderburgh film Out of Sight and won all sorts of kudos. Then she let it all go to her head and directors lost control. Never let your actors bogart their way on set. Never.

My vote is for Tom Waits, and he is still a musician. He was the best thing about Giliam’s recent The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus (sorry, Heath, wherever you are, but Tom had more charisma than you). Johnny Depp is second, though he arguably didn’t last long as a musician, but rock music is where he started. Cher’s a even more distant third. I’d say Dolly Parton, because she’s too cool, except she only ever plays herself but with a character’s name.

simone54's avatar

Jered Leto was an actor before 30 Second to Mars. He was great but he’s not a huge super star.

ubersiren's avatar

Dolly Parton is a decent actress and superb singer/songwriter/ performer. I love her. Her best role was in The Best Little Whore House in Texas and I also enjoyed her in Steel Magnolias.

phillis's avatar

Ice T. His music sucks bad enough to make dogs tip their heads back and howl. He has one whole facial expression. If he tripped and landed on a syringe of Botox, his acting days are over.

filmfann's avatar

Harry Conick Jr. annoys me as a singer/performer, but he was scary good in CopyCat. So good I cannot see him now without thinking about it.

Aethelwine's avatar

Mark Wahlberg. Marky Mark He’s been in too many movies for me to list right now, but I enjoy his acting career better than his music.

Dirk Diggler anyone?

MissAusten's avatar

I lurve Will Smith. I will watch him in anything, and even love him in movies that aren’t all that special. I hate scary movies, but have seen “I Am Legend” so many times, the zombies don’t even bother me any more. I think he’s a great actor, and just gets better as he gets older. He was amazing in “Pursuit of Happyness,” which is such a difficult movie to watch, but has a great payoff at the end. I have such a severe crush on Will Smith, it’s ridiculous. Like right now, I’d even watch Bad Boys and suffer through Martin Lawrence just for a Will fix.

@jonsblond I like to watch Mark Wahlberg’s movies just because my friends and I were so into him as a singer when we were in high school. We went to one of his concerts, and he got so mad at the crowd for yelling “Drop your pants!” that he walked off stage. Those Calvin Klein ads he did still give me good vibrations. :P

Bluefreedom's avatar

I think Ice T has done pretty well as a detective on Law & Order: SVU for several years now.

Seek's avatar

I second Mark Wahlberg. As a former childhood NKOTB fan turned cynical adult, I was pleasantly surprised by his performances in “Fear” and “The Departed”, as well as others.

shpadoinkle_sue's avatar

I think Justin timberlake was pretty good in Alpha Dog. He’s funny as hell on SNL.

OpryLeigh's avatar

I agree with @njnyjobs that Queen Latifah is a stunning actress and also @ubersiren about Dolly Parton.

I also like Cher as an actress, Mask is a gorgeous film as far as serious acting goes but she is also a good comedienne. Of course I am bias as many of you know that I am a fan, but I also think Barbra Streisand switches between actress and singer with ease. I think my favourite role for her was Yentl.

Also, Meat Loaf is a decent actor too.

TLRobinson's avatar

Let us not forget Whitney Houston, the movie was The Bodyguard.

Bobby Brown (ex-Mr. Whitney Houston), a few movies; one being, A thin line, between love and hate.

Jill Scott; the movie, Why did I get married.

Janet Jackson; see Jill’s movie plus many more.

Michael Jackson; the Wiz

Elvis Presley; Jailhouse Rock and several others.

ubersiren's avatar

@Leanne1986 Cher! How did I forget her? She’s a fantastic actress. Mermaids!

OpryLeigh's avatar

@ubersiren Mermaids is in my top 5 favourite films!

liminal's avatar

Billy Bob Thornton: Monster’s Ball and Sling Blade

Blondesjon's avatar

Sinatra anyone?

Ocean’s Eleven and From Here To Eternity come to mind.

lbinva78's avatar

I’ve never been able to decide how I feel about the movie as a whole, but I thought Erykah Badu did a good job in Cider House Rules.

aprilsimnel's avatar

@Blondesjon – I have to admit, Frankie was great not only in The Man with The Golden Arm, but also in From Here to Eternity.

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