Top Ten Actors Who’ve Crossed Over To A Music Career

His musical star power was undeniable in his breakout role as Ray Charles in the Oscar-winning film 'Ray.' He's went on to become one of the biggest hip hop artists around with four solo albums and plenty of collaborations.
Jamie Foxx
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His musical star power was undeniable in his breakout role as Ray Charles in the Oscar-winning film 'Ray.' He's went on to become one of the biggest hip hop artists around with four solo albums and plenty of collaborations.
Beauty, brains and a voice...Scarlett Johansson has it all. She released a cover album of Tom Waits classics in 2008 and hasn't slowed down since.
Scarlett Johansson
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Beauty, brains and a voice...Scarlett Johansson has it all. She released a cover album of Tom Waits classics in 2008 and hasn't slowed down since.
Known for his quick wit, Eddie Murphy broke out into music with the Rick James' produced single "Party All The Time" in '85. Though it was met with mixed reviews, he proved he's a double threat in entertainment.
Eddie Murphy
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Known for his quick wit, Eddie Murphy broke out into music with the Rick James' produced single "Party All The Time" in '85. Though it was met with mixed reviews, he proved he's a double threat in entertainment.
We first saw her singing chops in her portrayal in the biopic about Selena, and ever since, J. Lo has had a successful music career that helped secure her as a judge on American Idol.
Jennifer Lopez
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We first saw her singing chops in her portrayal in the biopic about Selena, and ever since, J. Lo has had a successful music career that helped secure her as a judge on American Idol.
The Oscar-winning actor has dabbled in country-blues music writing songs for his films 'The Big Lebowski' and 'Crazy Heart.'
Jeff Bridges
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The Oscar-winning actor has dabbled in country-blues music writing songs for his films 'The Big Lebowski' and 'Crazy Heart.'
In 1971, Bill Cosby took his love of jazz to a new level with his album 'Badfoot Brown & the Bunions Bradford Funeral Marching Band.' He also penned the theme song to the cartoon 'Fat Albert with Herbie Hancock
Bill Cosby
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In 1971, Bill Cosby took his love of jazz to a new level with his album 'Badfoot Brown & the Bunions Bradford Funeral Marching Band.' He also penned the theme song to the cartoon 'Fat Albert with Herbie Hancock
Since his days as the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Will Smith has had a successful recording and acting career.
Will Smith
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Since his days as the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Will Smith has had a successful recording and acting career.
The Smiths are one musical family, even Jada Pinkett Smith tried her hand at music as the singer of the metal (yes, metal) group Wicked Wisdom.
Jada Pinkett Smith
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The Smiths are one musical family, even Jada Pinkett Smith tried her hand at music as the singer of the metal (yes, metal) group Wicked Wisdom.
Starring as an aspiring rapper in 'Hustle & Flow,' Terrance brought his role to life by recording the album 'Shine Through It' in 2008
Terrance Howard
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Starring as an aspiring rapper in 'Hustle & Flow,' Terrance brought his role to life by recording the album 'Shine Through It' in 2008
The funny man also incorporates his life long passion of banjo playing into his standup. He's even released multiple bluegrass albums, which have earned him a couple Grammy awards!
Steve Martin
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The funny man also incorporates his life long passion of banjo playing into his standup. He's even released multiple bluegrass albums, which have earned him a couple Grammy awards!
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