What’s the thing with actors and music? There have been countless actors who have made the journey between movies and music over the years. Most of them should stick to acting though but there are some actors with brilliant singing voices! We’ve gathered up the most talented ‘singing actors’, check it out!
- 1 Jason Schwartzman/ Coconut Records
- 2 Paul Dano/ Mook
- 3 Michael Cera
- 4 Ed Westwick/The Filthy Youth
- 5 Jared Leto/Thirty Seconds to Mars
- 6 Kevin Bacon in The Bacon Brothers
- 7 Bruce Willis and The Accelerators
- 8 Tim Robbins & The Rogues Gallery Band
- 9 Robert Downey Jr.
- 10 Hugh Laurie
- 11 River Phoenix
- 12 Mark Wahlberg
Jason Schwartzman/ Coconut Records
Jason Schwartzman has been singing (and playing guitar) under the name Coconut Records since 2006. Previously, he was the drummer of the band Phantom Planet. Schwartman is very talented, he’s an actor, a musician and a screenwriter and he’s damned hot as well! He’s the son of Talia Shire, who played Connie Corleone in the Godfather and the nephew of Francis Ford Coppola.
Paul Dano/ Mook
My daughter introduced me to Paul Dano’s music as he is her favorite actor and musician. I must say he’s got a great voice! Paul Dano is a real multi-talented actor, also working as a director, screenwriter, producer and musician. He is the lead singer and guitarist of the band Mook.
Michael Cera is a Canadian actor mostly known for his role in Juno and in the sitcom Arrested Development. He played bass and sang back up during songs in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and in Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. He released his full-length debut album True That in 2014.
Ed Westwick/The Filthy Youth
Ed Westwick is an English actor mostly known as badass Chuck Bass in Gossip Girl. He was the lead singer of a great band called The Filthy Youth (Westwick + Benjamin Lewis Allingham, Jimmy Wright, Tom Bastiani and John Vooght). Unfortunately the band does not exist anymore since 2010.
Jared Leto/Thirty Seconds to Mars
Well actually, I’ve know Leto the singer before I discovered Leto the actor…He formed the band Thirty Seconds to Mars with his brother Shannon in 1998. Jared is the lead vocalist and plays guitar, bass and keyboards in the band Thirty Seconds to Mars. He is also the main songwriter for the band. The band is well known and very succesful.
Kevin Bacon in The Bacon Brothers
Kevin Bacon was a well known and very sexy 😉 actor in the 80s and 90s. He starred in box-office smash Footloose in 1984 and I remember him well in Flatliners in the 90s as well as in JFK, A Few Good Men, The River Wild and many more. I had no clue that he had such a beautiful voice though! He sings and plays guitar with his brother Michael under the name The Bacon Brothers.
Bruce Willis and The Accelerators
Bruce Willis has been acting since the 80s when he played David Addison in the series Moonlighting. He played in Die Hard, Pulp Fiction, the Sixth Sense, 12 Monkeys, Red, Moonrise Kingdom and many many more. Bruce Willis sings and plays harmonica in the band Bruce Willis and the Accelerators.
Tim Robbins & The Rogues Gallery Band
Ok so I’m biased cause I love Tim Robbins whatever he does. He’s an actor but also an activist, a screenwriter, director, producer and musician. I loved the Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins couple which unfortunately came to an end after 20 years. Anyway, Robbins sings and plays guitar in a band called Tim Robbins & The Rogues.
Robert Downey Jr.
There is nothing Robert Downey Jr. cannot do 🙂 The American actor has had quite a lot of ups and downs but he fortunately seems to be stuck on the upperside. Downey Jr. has been acting since the 80s. He acted in Weird Science, The Pick-up Artist and Tuff Turf at the time. He has been acting the part of Iron Man since 2008.
Downey Jr. has sung on several soundtracks for his films, including for Chaplin and The Singing Detective. He released an album in 2004 called The Futurist where he does the lead vocals, piano, keyboards, Wurlitzer and percussion. I love his voice!
I was surprised by the beautiful voice of English actor, director, comedian and author Hugh Laurie. The House actor is a great musician and (blues) singer. He plays piano, guitar, drums, harmonica and saxophone. He has released two albums, one in 2011 Let Them Talk and one in 2013 Didn’t It Rain.
Aleka’s Attic alternative folk/rock band was formed by River Phoenix and his sister Rain. River was the lead singer and guitarist. Rain also sang and played percussion instruments.
River died much to young (drug overdose), he was only 23 🙁 He was a very talented actor and musician. He also was famous for his activism. River played in Stand by Me, Running on Empty, My Own Private Idaho, and many more in a relatively short time period. His little brother Joaquin is a famous actor now and his little sister Rain has her own band called Papercranes.
Also, not really my thing but I should mention, Mark Wahlberg was a rapper before turning actor. The group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch was active between 1989 and 1993.
Ok, so tell me, which actor did I forget on the list of singing actors?