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Film actors who sing. Who are the good ones? Who’s done their own singing in the movies best?

Yes, pretty much all actors sing now. I am talking about singing well. And if you’re not sure you know what good singing is, please sit back.

by Anonymousreply 2429 hours ago

I'm trying to think.

by Anonymousreply 105/02/2021

Watched Rockertman last night, and I was taken by just how good Taron Egerton sang, though he is Welsh and they all seem to have some kind of weird singing gene...

by Anonymousreply 205/02/2021

James Marsden is actually decent. He sang in Enchanted.

by Anonymousreply 305/02/2021

Our sister in the closet, Hugh Jackman. Did a great job playing Peter Allen in ‘The Boy from Oz’.

by Anonymousreply 405/02/2021

Jake, great voice

by Anonymousreply 505/02/2021

Hugh Jackman

by Anonymousreply 605/02/2021

This is a discussion?

by Anonymousreply 705/02/2021

We can rule out Daniel Day Lewis who ruined Nine, Pierce Brosnan who made Streep sound like Callas in Mamma Mia and Russell Crowe croaking in Les Mis.

by Anonymousreply 805/02/2021

I'll need to duck for cover typing this, but Spacey. Few rush to watch his Darin biopic even once, but the songs he recorded for it were more than capable. Saw him promote it on UK TV: he sang 'Hello Young Lovers' and (of course) 'Mack The Knife', with a full big band, and smashed it.

by Anonymousreply 905/02/2021

Billy Boyd

Richard Armitage

by Anonymousreply 1005/02/2021

Another one for Taron on Rocketman. What did Elton think of his singing?

by Anonymousreply 1105/02/2021

Sorry this is not what the topic is but why does Meryl Streep appear in musicals? She can sing but not well. Certainly not as well as she can act. Is she failing up to her level of incompetence? What next, Cuntwoman for Marvel?

by Anonymousreply 1205/02/2021

Young Christian Bale was good in "Newsies." Ewan McGregor did fine in "Moulin Rouge." Neither would have a career on Broadway but they sounded great considering they weren't trained as singers.

by Anonymousreply 1305/02/2021

Hugh’s singing in Les Miz and The Greatest Showman was awful. I mean, he was singing correctly but the sound is atrocious, nasal and yowly.

by Anonymousreply 1405/02/2021

He is a TV person now but Jason Beghe has a great singing voice which is surprising because his speaking voice is raspy. But his sister Francesca is a great singer so maybe it's just genetic.

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by Anonymousreply 1605/02/2021

DL fave Ben Barnes. Did his own singing in several films that none of you have seen, and he's very good.

by Anonymousreply 1705/02/2021

Tim Blake Nelson in O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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by Anonymousreply 1805/02/2021

He also sang in Buster Scruggs so I thought he was a singer turned actor.

by Anonymousreply 1905/02/2021

Jessie Buckley.

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by Anonymousreply 2005/02/2021

Cynthia Erivo also has the most sublime voice.

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by Anonymousreply 2105/02/2021

Pierce Brosnan

by Anonymousreply 2205/02/2021

I don't know if you've heard of him but there's a film actor by the name of Luke Evans...

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by Anonymousreply 2305/02/2021

I liked Johnny Depp's singing in Sweeney Todd.

by Anonymousreply 2405/02/2021

It's hard to do worse than Lucy did in [italic]Mame[/italic].

by Anonymousreply 2505/02/2021

r25, see r21 for a perfect example.

by Anonymousreply 2605/02/2021

[quote] Jake, great voice

by Anonymousreply 2705/02/2021

Why don't they dub real singers in? Film is artifice by its very nature.

by Anonymousreply 2805/02/2021

Timmy has a nice voice.

by Anonymousreply 2905/02/2021

[quote]James Marsden is actually decent.

Marsden is excellent. No studio sweetening needed.

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by Anonymousreply 3005/02/2021

[quote]Watched Rockertman last night, and I was taken by just how good Taron Egerton sang

I know Rocketman wasn't everyone's cuppa, but I thought Egerton was perfect in it. I hope Elton John now sees how ridiculous it was to even consider Tom Hardy for that role. Hardy did a bit of singing in a film and he's horrible, but even if he would lip synch he just wasn't suited.

Egerton has sung in more than a few things. I hate that full length versions of his covers of Sam Smith's "Stay with Me" and John Legend's "All of Me" from the movie "Sing". But he did do the end song for "Eddie the Eagle".

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by Anonymousreply 3105/02/2021

Elton is dark, so id Hardy.

by Anonymousreply 3205/02/2021

Gwyneth Paltrow is actually pretty good.

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by Anonymousreply 3305/02/2021

Sara Ramirez is top notch.

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by Anonymousreply 3405/02/2021

I love John C. Reilly's voice...."Mr. Cellophane" in "Chicago," for example.

by Anonymousreply 3505/02/2021

How can y’all be certain they are not all being secretly dubbed? I mean, how long was it before Marla Nixon got busted? You know it’s all fake hair, fake nose, fake skin, fake stunts, fake penises, fake boobies, fake age in the movies.

by Anonymousreply 3605/02/2021

Suranne Jones.

by Anonymousreply 3705/02/2021

[Quote] You know it’s all fake hair, fake nose, fake skin, fake stunts, fake penises, fake boobies

But enough about Zac Efron...

by Anonymousreply 3805/02/2021

[quote]Marla Nixon

Oh, dear.

by Anonymousreply 3905/02/2021

Beverly D'angleo in Coal Miners Daughter.

by Anonymousreply 4005/02/2021

Jeremy Northam in "Gosford Park" playing Ivor Novello. Beautiful voice, much better than Hugh's; he should have had a bigger career.

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by Anonymousreply 4105/02/2021

Amy Adams sang well in "Enchanted".

by Anonymousreply 4205/02/2021

Michelle Pfeiffer sang well in "Fabulous Baker Boys".

by Anonymousreply 4305/02/2021

Robert Duvall in 'Tender Mercies.' Academy Award, no less.

by Anonymousreply 4405/02/2021

Kate Winslet had a top 10 hit in the UK

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by Anonymousreply 4505/03/2021

Marni Gibbs singing the [italic]227[/italic] theme song.

by Anonymousreply 4605/03/2021

"Timmy has a nice voice."

Not really. At 2:19.

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by Anonymousreply 4705/03/2021

[Quote] Michelle Pfeiffer sang well in "Fabulous Baker Boys".

Apparently, her vocals had to be pieced together. I remember she was rather flat when she sang on the Muppets reboot.

by Anonymousreply 4805/03/2021

Jonathan Rhys Meyers, good for being untrained. His father and brothers were / are musicians.

by Anonymousreply 4905/03/2021

Patrick Wilson, of course.

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by Anonymousreply 5005/03/2021

Steven Pascale. More a TV actor, though.

by Anonymousreply 5105/03/2021

Oops/ Steven Pascale again.

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by Anonymousreply 5205/03/2021

Steven Pasquale fans can't post links. Sad!

by Anonymousreply 5305/03/2021

kristin chenowith

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by Anonymousreply 5405/03/2021

I think we have all forgotten the greatest actress who ever lived. Miss Glenn Close.

She has sung in many musicals and has the voice of a young Nana Mouskari.

by Anonymousreply 5505/03/2021

Batty Buckley

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by Anonymousreply 5605/03/2021

Glenn sings it

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by Anonymousreply 5705/03/2021

In r57’s video you can see Barbara Cooke throw up in her mouth a little.

by Anonymousreply 5805/03/2021

I guess no one cares about spelling anymore.

Barbara COOK




by Anonymousreply 5905/03/2021

Kristi Dawn, if your please.

by Anonymousreply 6005/03/2021

How many films has Chenoweth actually been in to consider her a film actress? Idina and Mandy have been in films, but not allowed (or have the opportunity) to sing..

by Anonymousreply 6105/03/2021

Vanessa Redgrave

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by Anonymousreply 6205/03/2021

Ramon Navarro

by Anonymousreply 6305/03/2021

Deanna Durbin

Gloria Swanson

by Anonymousreply 6405/03/2021

I have to listen to this at least once a week.

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by Anonymousreply 6505/03/2021

This lot

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by Anonymousreply 6605/03/2021

Jennifer Hudson has an surprisingly good voice. She's nothing special in Sex And The City: The Movie but she really needs a role where she can show off her pipes - she'd blow the house down!

by Anonymousreply 6705/03/2021

R67 you're a special kind of stupid.

by Anonymousreply 6805/03/2021

Amy Adams has a pleasant voice and James Marsden has serious pipes. I can't understand how a man like that can be so beautiful, have excellent comic timing, and also be able to sing like that. He's proof of what god can create on a good day.

Meryl isn't as lousy of a singer as people say she is. She sounded excellent in The Prom. I was truly taken aback by her voice in that. She's only ever sounded decent to competent before, but she was belting and growling those songs out like a genuine belter. I know there was probably studio sweetening involved, but you can't sweeten that kind of power into someone's voice. Nicole Kidman was in the same film and she has this pretty, but thin little voice and they couldn't make her sound any more powerful.

by Anonymousreply 6905/03/2021

[Quote] I can't understand how a man like that can be so beautiful, have excellent comic timing, and also be able to sing like that.

Well, God also gave him his uninspiring career...

by Anonymousreply 7005/03/2021

[quote]James Marsden has serious pipes. I can't understand how a man like that can be so beautiful, have excellent comic timing, and also be able to sing like that.

I remember the first time I saw him sing on ALLY MCBEAL. My mouth dropped open and I thought, "Life isn't fair."

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by Anonymousreply 7105/03/2021

Ansel Elgort is singing in WEST SIDE STORY. He's released music in the past. But here's a clip of him singing on James Corden.

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by Anonymousreply 7205/03/2021

James Marsden can do no wrong! What a fine specimen of a human.

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by Anonymousreply 7405/03/2021

Literally came in to the thread to mention Marsden! Love his little flourishes on Corny Collins in the HAIRSPRAY remake. Class.

Truly we are blessed by his existence.

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by Anonymousreply 7505/03/2021

^^also Scott Speedman was a lucky dog getting to tie Marsden up in that weird creepy movie they did back. But that’s another thread...

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by Anonymousreply 7605/03/2021

[quote]Meryl isn't as lousy of a singer as people say she is. She sounded excellent in The Prom. I was truly taken aback by her voice in that.

Why thank you. It wasn’t easy.

by Anonymousreply 7705/03/2021

Yet another gorgeous actor with some vocal chops: Matt Bomer.

According to Matt, this was sung Live and not to a pre-recorded vocal track.

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by Anonymousreply 7805/03/2021

A softer side of Matt:

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by Anonymousreply 7905/03/2021

Bomer singing behind the scenes of WHITE COLLAR.

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by Anonymousreply 8005/03/2021

Collin Farrell in Crazy Heart.

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by Anonymousreply 8105/03/2021

Reese and Joaquin.

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by Anonymousreply 8205/03/2021

I didn't think Penelope Cruz and Marion Cotillard were bad in Nine. They were hitting all the notes in a fairly pleasant way. Kate Hudson was another surprise. She has a great voice. Her mom, Goldie Hawn, was a pretty good singer in her day, too. She was supposed to do Chicago with Liza Minnelli back in the 80's, but the project fell through. She'd have been excellent.

by Anonymousreply 8305/03/2021

Scarlett Johanssen sings quite a bit.

by Anonymousreply 8405/03/2021

Dana Andrews

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by Anonymousreply 8505/03/2021

Robert Taylor

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by Anonymousreply 8605/03/2021

Loretta Devine



Seth McFarlane

Justin Timberlake

Lesley Anne Warren

Kate McKinnon

Queen Latifah

Bette Midler


by Anonymousreply 8705/03/2021

Bomer sings through his nose.

by Anonymousreply 8805/03/2021

I'm not sure if he's ever sang in a film but Robert Pattinson can sing. Pre-Twilight he would post his songs on Myspace. His musical style is more bluesy like Ray LaMontagne. Jared Leto. Milla Jovavich has released at least one cd. Scottish actor Jack Lowden (Mary Queen of Scot, Dunkirk) has sung - quite well- in TV projects ENGLAND IS MINE where he played Morrissey and in WAR AND PEACE.

Ryan Gosling. I went to his band's concert years ago. I was pleasantly surprised.

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by Anonymousreply 8905/03/2021

Rita Moreno

by Anonymousreply 9005/03/2021

Some Garland woman.

by Anonymousreply 9105/03/2021

r91 Beverly?

by Anonymousreply 9205/03/2021

I think many people were surprised by Chris Pine's singing in "Into the Woods," (2014), but he'd actually showcased his voice in a little indie flick called "Small Town Saturday Night" produced in 2008, distributed 2010.

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by Anonymousreply 9305/03/2021

Streisand released a cd of duets with actors. Pine was on it along with Patrick Wilson, Daisy Ridley, Hugh Jackman, Melissa McCarthy and Alec Baldwin. She and Pine covered "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face".

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by Anonymousreply 9405/03/2021

[quote] She and Pine covered "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face".

Better him than me.

by Anonymousreply 9505/03/2021

Chris Pine has a sexy speaking and singing voice.

by Anonymousreply 9605/03/2021

But his breath...

by Anonymousreply 9705/03/2021

Julian Ovenden

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by Anonymousreply 9805/03/2021

Jeremy Northam

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by Anonymousreply 9905/03/2021

How far back do you want to go?

Irene Dunne...

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Seth McFarlane need to learn control of those eyebrows when singing....

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by Anonymousreply 10105/03/2021

Dolores Gray

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by Anonymousreply 10205/03/2021

I think it would be necessary to separate the primary singers from the primary actors. So, musical theater people who happen to be in a movie ( musical or not) would not be held in high regard when it comes to this thread.

by Anonymousreply 10305/03/2021

OP just to be clear about something, just because an actor can sing and do so well sound produced may not be want suits (including those who wrote or have rights to musical score) want to hear. In that case all or part of a song will be dubbed or maybe enhanced with some modern technology.

Ava Gardner worked her ass off to get her singing voice down pat for Showboat. In the end it wasn't what studio wanted so a decision was made to dub anyway.

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by Anonymousreply 10405/03/2021

I always liked Patrick Swayze's singing on "She's Like the Wind". There's certainly some studio wizardry there, but his voice has a fairly ear-friendly tone to it. I've never even seen "Dirty Dancing", but of all the hits from that movie, I I like his song the most.

What I like is that he seemed to know his limitations, didn't go for too much, and best of all, didn't try to make a career out of singing, unlike his fellow 80's heartthrobs Don Johnson and Bruce Willis. He apparently loved singing and writing songs (he co-wrote "She's Like the Wind"), but he did it mostly for his own pleasure. I don't think he ever even released a proper album, he just had an occasional song on a soundtrack.

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by Anonymousreply 10505/03/2021

[Quote] I don't think he ever even released a proper album, he just had an occasional song on a soundtrack.

He was the Zac Efron of his day...

by Anonymousreply 10605/03/2021

Jane Russell

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by Anonymousreply 10705/03/2021

Does it have to be said? Fabulous.

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by Anonymousreply 10805/03/2021

Diane Keaton has a surprisingly admirable singing voice. She performed "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To" in Woody Allen's "Radio Days." I remember when the movie was released in theaters, the talk was all about how skillfully she pulled off the scene in the night club.

by Anonymousreply 10905/03/2021

Robert Downey Jr. I enjoyed his songs on Allie McBeal and Chaplin.

by Anonymousreply 11005/03/2021

It is mark of a true actress/actor who can sing when they do so in a role very badly and off key.

Madeline Kahn had a wonderful and classically trained voice. She even tried out for MET opera but the instrument through good was deemed not to have enough power so they turned her down.

As Lili von Schtup, Ms. Kahn broke nearly every single rule on proper singing, but she nails the character who was based upon Marlene Dietrich

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by Anonymousreply 11105/03/2021

OTOH Madeline Kahn was more than capable of delivering the goods.

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by Anonymousreply 11205/03/2021

MK even managed to nail "I'm Not Getting Married Today"

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by Anonymousreply 11305/03/2021

hundreds replies and nobody mentioned Renee Zellweger ? Catherine Zeta Jones sang well in Chicago too

by Anonymousreply 11405/03/2021

Ewan McGregor & Renee Zellweger Here's to Love

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by Anonymousreply 11505/03/2021

Det. Lennie Briscoe, aka the late, great Jerry Orbach.

"Try To Remember."

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by Anonymousreply 11605/03/2021

R99 meet R41 re Jeremy Northam

by Anonymousreply 11705/03/2021

Madeline Kahn also did a truly wonderful "Lost in the Stars" on SNL years ago.

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by Anonymousreply 11805/03/2021

Jeremy Northam also sang those songs live on set while they were filming "Gosford Park", making them even more impressive.

by Anonymousreply 11905/03/2021

I enjoyed the songs that Lynda Carter did for the video game Fallout 4.

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by Anonymousreply 12005/03/2021

Jeremy Northam also play Dean Martin to Sean Hayes' Jerry Lewis in a tv movie some years ago. I remember that they were quite good.

by Anonymousreply 12105/04/2021

Whitney Houston from The Bodyguard had a nice singing voice. I think she released a record from the film. Shame it wasn't a hit.

by Anonymousreply 12205/04/2021

Emma Stone has a voice that's full of character and personality. Not technically perfect, very raspy like her speaking voice, and without much range, but she was excellent as Sally in Cabaret on Broadway and she did that 8 shows a week. I find that impressive.

Renee Zellwegger is also an underrated singer. She handled the songs in Chicago incredibly well and gave it a solid try in Judy, but it's impossible to sound exactly like Judy.

Emily Blunt had a lovely voice in Into the Woods and also seemed to be capable of acting while singing which many can't do. It really is an art form.

by Anonymousreply 12305/04/2021

Some time ago, Joseph Gordon-Levitt announced a film project (described as an R-rated musical) that he would direct and star in. No word on the status. (It was called "Wingmen" and Channing Tatum was also attached.)

JGL singing.

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by Anonymousreply 12405/04/2021

I recall JGL singing on SNL and he was impressive.

by Anonymousreply 12505/04/2021

There's a difference between singers who might act in one or two movies, and actors who might sing in one or two movies.

So, not clever, r122. Sorry!

by Anonymousreply 12605/04/2021

R125 Yeah, for his opening monologue, he did Donald O'Connor's "Make 'em Laugh" routine from "Singing' in the Rain."

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by Anonymousreply 12705/04/2021

Hasn't done movies to my knowledge, but actress Patricia Routledge certainly can sing.

Again her character Hyacinth Bucket singing so badly takes someone who actually knows what they are doing.

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by Anonymousreply 12805/04/2021

Angela Lansbury actress of stage, screen and television also has a legitimate trained voice. Sadly often in films (such as Harvey Girls) Ms. Landsbury was dubbed.

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by Anonymousreply 12905/04/2021

Doesn't even sound like Angela Landsbury!

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by Anonymousreply 13005/04/2021

Routledge is a Tony winner (unfortunately never had a hit in NY, other than the Delacorte run of "Pirates of Penzance") with many musicals and Lansbury has 5 Tony Awards, four for musicals.

by Anonymousreply 13105/04/2021

Not exactly a very powerful instrument, but never the less Tony Perkins could sing...

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by Anonymousreply 13205/04/2021

Charmian Carr who was in Sound of Music also could sing...

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by Anonymousreply 13305/04/2021

Hot damn! That young tall cool drink of water Tony Perkins had all that physical beauty and could sing.

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by Anonymousreply 13405/04/2021

Anthony Perkins starred on Broadway in "Guys and Dolls", "Most Happy Fella" and "How to Succeed..", etc. composer/lyricist Frank Loesser's "Greenwillow"! He sounds very good on the OCR.

by Anonymousreply 13505/04/2021

IIRC Hollywood's favorite ghost voice (dubbing) was brought in to do some notes for Marilyn Monroe, much of what one hears in her various musical numbers was MM's own voice.

When allowed to sing within her own natural range, MM had a quite good singing voice. But suits or others often wanted something higher or at least occasional high notes that MM just really couldn't manage. Well not enough for film anyway.

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by Anonymousreply 13605/04/2021

Dean Jones never sang (IIRC) in any of his films, but boy could he and how!

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by Anonymousreply 13705/04/2021

OBC of Company

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by Anonymousreply 13805/04/2021

And Dean Jones replaced Anthony Perkins in Company. The role of Bobby was written with Perkins in mind.

by Anonymousreply 13905/04/2021


For you!

Shame Greenwillow only ran for about 97 performances before closing. Perkins was filming Psycho at same time, Hitchcock allowed a stunt double for the shower scene since it didn't require seeing Perkins face.

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by Anonymousreply 14005/04/2021

[quote]Hasn't done movies to my knowledge, but actress Patricia Routledge certainly can sing.

She was in "To Sir With Love," and "If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium"

by Anonymousreply 14105/04/2021

The beautiful Cheryl Ladd - that woman can do it all.

by Anonymousreply 14205/04/2021

R72, yuk, I hope Ansel sings in a white accent in West Side Story.

by Anonymousreply 14305/04/2021

As I recall, Val Kilmer got great reviews for his singing as Jim Morrison in "The Doors" film. One of his very first films was "Top Secret" wherein he also sang.

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by Anonymousreply 14405/04/2021

A true classic

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by Anonymousreply 14505/04/2021

Lansbury did not have a legit voice. She said as much herself when recounting her early musical work on Broadway.

by Anonymousreply 14605/04/2021

Christopher Lee does Ghost Riders in the Sky.

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by Anonymousreply 14705/04/2021

Olivia Newton John from Greece and Zannadoo

by Anonymousreply 14805/04/2021

Adam Driver in 'Marriage Story' surprisingly bursts into 'Being Alive', and sings it affectingly well.

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Come on, man.

by Anonymousreply 15005/05/2021

Gene Kelly was dubbed in "Young Girls of Rochefort". What took someone so long? His singing of the ballads in "Singin' in the Rain" otherwise mar a perfect film.

by Anonymousreply 15105/06/2021

I always thought Gene Kelly had a very pleasant voice.

by Anonymousreply 15205/06/2021

Gene Nelson, Donald O'Connor and Fred Astaire had better voices thank Gene Kelly, who is relative fine singing up-tempos but a trial in slower tempos.

by Anonymousreply 15305/06/2021

Taron Egerton was so Auto-tuned!

Raw, he’s like nails on a chalkboard.

by Anonymousreply 15405/06/2021

Best. Javert. EVER.

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by Anonymousreply 15505/06/2021

Eddie Murphy.

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by Anonymousreply 156Last Friday at 7:50 AM

Taron sings.

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by Anonymousreply 157Last Friday at 11:53 AM

Am also going to say clear out nearly 90% of the awful things many (including local state or city politicians) predicted about New York at start of covid-19 mess largely have *NOT* happened.

Wealthy have not fled city in droves, in fact opposite seems to be true.

Neither NYS nor NYC economy has hit the skids. Again in fact both had record setting revenue for 2020 thanks in large part to financial and real estate sector earnings which are heavily taxed, fees and surcharged.

Did people move out of Manhattan? Yes, but in many cases they just moved across river to Brooklyn where they found more space for less money.

by Anonymousreply 158Last Friday at 12:04 PM

Damn! Wrong thread... Ignore post R158....

Carry on!

by Anonymousreply 159Last Friday at 12:05 PM

Ben Whishaw

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by Anonymousreply 160Last Friday at 12:25 PM

From another DL thread, Eddie Redmayne

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by Anonymousreply 161Last Friday at 12:31 PM

Just to point out even if an actor cannot sing well enough often at least for stage something will be written for him or her regardless.

Famous example is Walter Huston actor who begat that famous dynasty.

"The singer is Walter Huston who was somewhat limited in range but for whom composer Kurt Weill and lyricist Maxwell Anderson wrote this specially. The song originally appeared in the Broadway show 'Knickerbocker Holiday' in 1938. According to the sleeve notes of 'Mack The Knife - Songs of Kurt Weill' this version was recorded in 1938 and 1944. For me it's the definitive version...nobody puts the same longing and melancholy into it as Walter Huston."

In such instances you often get songs that are more spoken than sung. Again this is fine for Broadway or West End, but some film producers may have an issue with casting an actor for a film who just cannot sing perfectly in musical numbers. That's where dubbing historically came in regardless of said actor's wishes. But today as we see with clip of Eddie Redmayne doing "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" things can be managed. Technology available today can enhance a voice which coupled with strategic dubbing might work enough to make suits happy.

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by Anonymousreply 162Last Friday at 12:40 PM

R161 Reminds me of this video where this music coach dissects Redmayne's singing of that song. .. Dear gawd .. Poor guy gets so emotional over it, he looks like he's about to start crying several times.

I bet he posts on DL .. lol!

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by Anonymousreply 163Last Friday at 3:34 PM

Joaquin Phoenix did his own singing in WALK THE LINE and actually won a Grammy for the soundtrack.

by Anonymousreply 164Last Friday at 4:32 PM

I thought Eddie Redmayne was one of the best parts of Les Mis, especially Empty Chairs.

by Anonymousreply 165Last Friday at 5:13 PM

Samantha Barks was quite good -- she seemed like one of the few who'd be effective on stage -- AnnE was filmed liked she was in "Passion of Joan of Arc".

by Anonymousreply 166Last Friday at 7:42 PM

[quote]Samantha Barks was quite good -- she seemed like one of the few who'd be effective on stage

Is that the same Samantha Barks who is an established musical theatre performer making her film debut in Les Mis?

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by Anonymousreply 167Last Saturday at 1:11 AM

Samantha Barks is hardly a stage star, no matter how many productions she's done. I wouldn't needle anyone for not knowing her resume.

by Anonymousreply 168Last Saturday at 5:48 AM

Tom Huddleston did his own singing as Hank Williams.

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by Anonymousreply 170Last Sunday at 3:53 PM

Jamie Foxx.

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by Anonymousreply 171Last Sunday at 5:21 PM

Unfortunately she hasn't been given the chance to really sing on film (and she was apparently a finalist for "Chicago" and "Sweeney Todd"), but Toni Collette was superb in the Broadway "The Wild Party". Excellent voice, so surprising, she looked good in the blonde wig and even went topless. [Marc Kudish showed his ass too which was a plus]. Certainly, Mandy Patinkin can sing, but while Barbra directed him at his best in "Yentl", she didn't allow him to sing. That thing about not having anyone else sing in the film is a bit wrong, since Amy Irving's character at one point sang (though it wasn't a real song).

by Anonymousreply 172Last Monday at 8:15 AM

I really like Minnie Driver's voice - especially her second album Seastories.

I hope she puts out a fourth

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by Anonymousreply 173Last Monday at 8:21 AM

R137, you need your meds checked. Dean Jones sounded TERRIBLE, like he swallowed a vibrator stuck on 'Low' during an earthquake.


by Anonymousreply 174Last Monday at 8:39 AM

For some reason Disney didn't use Zac Efron's voice in "High School Musical" yet it was him in"HSM2", "HSM3", "Hairspray" & "The Greatest Showman"

by Anonymousreply 175Last Monday at 9:20 AM

If Toni Collette were ever do to a true movie musical, I do believe she'd get that Oscar. Wasn't Amy Sherman Palladino working on a new film version of Gypsy a few years ago after Streisand's version failed to take off? If she were smart, she'd cast Collette. She's the most qualified actress for that role at the moment.

by Anonymousreply 176Last Monday at 9:49 AM

[quote]Unfortunately she hasn't been given the chance to really sing on film

Didn't Toni Collette sing in CONNIE AND CARLA?

by Anonymousreply 177Last Monday at 9:57 AM

Leave us not forget Mario Lanza.....

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by Anonymousreply 178Last Monday at 10:01 AM

Collette has worked so much on screen but she's never been seen as a movie star. A movie co-star, sure.

by Anonymousreply 179Last Monday at 10:30 AM


Babs could have at least thrown Mandy Patinkin a bone and let him sing in this scene. It was deleted but never the less would have captured MP's voice.....

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by Anonymousreply 180Last Monday at 10:38 AM

That was very narcissistic of Streisand to direct/star/write/produce a movie musical in which she was the only one who sang.

by Anonymousreply 181Last Monday at 10:44 AM

I almost wish she got to make her version of "GYPSY."

by Anonymousreply 182Last Monday at 11:06 AM

Definitely not M.

She sounded like a cat being strangled at the end of SILKWOOD

"Aaaamaaaazzzing greeessse hawww sweet das sawwwnd" 😩

So in Florence Foster Jenkins, there was no need for her to try to sound awful.

by Anonymousreply 183Last Monday at 11:10 AM

Harry Dean Stanton

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by Anonymousreply 184Last Monday at 11:34 AM

That's hardly surprising about Mario Lanza. He was an professional opera singer before he did any acting in films.

by Anonymousreply 185Last Monday at 1:19 PM

Dean Jones might not have the greatest voice but his Being Alive is one of the very greatest performances from an obcr. I got the album as a boy when the show opened and I still feel it as powerfully as I did then. Sadly I believe he did only two weeks of the show after the opening(anybody have the exact number?) If he had continued would his voice have held up?

by Anonymousreply 186Last Monday at 1:37 PM

R33 Goop does a great job in Duets singing “Cruisin’” with Huey Lewis.

Also, I’ve always liked Brando singing “Luck Be a Lady.”

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by Anonymousreply 187Last Monday at 2:53 PM

DL loved to hate her R187, but GOOP is a … not great, but certainly above average singer (for an actress).

Many of these suggestions

[quote]Seth McFarlane (voice actor)

[quote]Justin Timberlake

[quote]Queen Latifah

[quote]Bette Midler


[quote] Chenoworth


Are singers who occasionally (or often) act to varying degrees of success.

by Anonymousreply 188Last Monday at 3:08 PM

R178, Mario Lanza was a singer by main profession.

by Anonymousreply 189Last Monday at 3:57 PM

You can't include people who started out as musical theater performers like Irene Dunne.

by Anonymousreply 190Last Monday at 4:02 PM

Robert Preston -- started as a character actor mainly playing villains in films, did stage work, then became huge star playing Harold Hill in "Music Man" on Broadway and the film -- good enough voice with superb presence and delivery that musicals are what he's best known for now

by Anonymousreply 191Last Monday at 4:05 PM

I never miss a Gladys Kravitz musical (especially a "gay" one.)

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by Anonymousreply 193Last Tuesday at 2:18 AM

Ben Whishaw has a heavenly voice.

by Anonymousreply 194Last Tuesday at 7:21 AM

R186, and that's why you think it was so powerful. Because you thought so when you were a little boy.

by Anonymousreply 195Last Tuesday at 8:05 AM

No one has recorded a better "Being Alive" than Dean Jones.

by Anonymousreply 196Last Tuesday at 11:51 AM

Dean Jones was going through an extremely nasty, bitter divorce while Company was playing out-of-town previews and between his personal troubles and performing that particular part night after night, he was afraid he was going to have a breakdown. He went to producer/director Hal Prince and begged to be released from his contract. Prince wanted him badly in the part and the compromise they made was that Jones would open the show for the critics and stay a month before Larry Kert took over. Whether he stayed 4 or 5 weeks varies according to which account you read.

by Anonymousreply 19715 hours ago

R155 is the reason I can't wait for Glenn's Sunset.

by Anonymousreply 19815 hours ago

Larry Kert.... Another great one we lost far too soon.....

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by Anonymousreply 19915 hours ago

[quote]No one has recorded a better "Being Alive" than Dean Jones.

Excuse me, sir!

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by Anonymousreply 20015 hours ago

[quote]No one has recorded a better "Being Alive" than Dean Jones.

Well most Sondheimites always insist the original cast recordings of his show are always the best. Truth be told, no one has recorded a better "Being Alive" than Dean Jones. because it's not a very good song.

by Anonymousreply 20114 hours ago

"No one has recorded a better "Being Alive" than Dean Jones."

DL sacrilege!!!

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by Anonymousreply 20214 hours ago

More DL sacrilege.

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by Anonymousreply 20314 hours ago

John Payne's mother was a professional opera singer and started him singing as a child and remained his voice teacher until he went off to college. He attended Columbia but daily took the subway down to Julliard where he continued his voice lessons. He had a pleasant light baritone voice and never had to be dubbed when he did those lightweight Technicolor Fox musicals with Alice Faye and Betty Grable in the early 1940s.

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by Anonymousreply 20414 hours ago

Yeah, he was also gorgeous. Forever Fred Gailey in "Miracle on 34th Street", too.

by Anonymousreply 20514 hours ago

Don Ameche had a very good voice, too. Same studio. He also co-starred opposite Elaine Stritch in "Goldilocks" on Broadway and had a hit in "Silk Stockings".

by Anonymousreply 20614 hours ago

Some are more successful than others.

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by Anonymousreply 20714 hours ago

Part deux.

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by Anonymousreply 20814 hours ago

R204 I think Juilliard was right up near where Payne was going to school at Columbia. Wasn't it in the same building that now houses the also-excellent Manhattan School of Music on like West 120th Street?

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by Anonymousreply 21014 hours ago

Goop also sang on "Glee" and won an Emmy. She also showed up in the concert movie.

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by Anonymousreply 21113 hours ago

John Payne! God damn!

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by Anonymousreply 21313 hours ago

Why does every Barbra Streisand arrangement have to sound like old people's hotel lobby music?

by Anonymousreply 21413 hours ago

She's old, her audience is old, and she's not even trying anymore.

by Anonymousreply 21513 hours ago

Jane Wyman had a rich & beautiful singing voice. Surprisingly Warners, Broadway & Television never took advantage of it.

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by Anonymousreply 21613 hours ago

British Blonde Bombshell Diana Dors had a pretty singing voice and soothing tone. Her "Swinging Dors" LP is excellent Late 50's / Early 60s Pop Jazz.

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by Anonymousreply 21713 hours ago

Barbara Streisand much like another famous singer with Jewish background (yes, Mandy P, I'm looking at you), tries too hard to get down with some sort of soul/R&B vibe that just comes off as too schmaltzy or something.

On her "Broadway" album cover of "Ladies Who Lunch" is totally lacking in character of who Joanne is supposed to be. There's no anger, bitchiness bitterness, or anything else that often comes out of a drunk's tirade. It's just elevator or doctor office music.....

No, Elaine Stritch didn't have best voice, but she nails LWC by capturing the essence of Joanne.

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by Anonymousreply 21813 hours ago

Emma Thompson.....

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by Anonymousreply 21912 hours ago

Clifton Davis of television and film.....

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by Anonymousreply 22012 hours ago

When I hear R218 I'm so sorry I didn't pursue Broadway. I didn't realise how low the bar was.

by Anonymousreply 22112 hours ago

Maureen O'Hara had a lovely soprano voice and released several albums. She desperately wanted to do the film of The King and I and she was supported Darryl Zanuck, the head of Fox. But Richard Rodgers had casting approval and wouldn't even allow her to audition. He considered her the "Queen of the Bs."

There used to be a wonderful video on youtube of her singing Hello Young Lovers on TV in the 1950s but it's gone now. Here she is singing And This Is My Beloved from Kismet instead.

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by Anonymousreply 22212 hours ago

Believe it or not, 1950s sexpot Mamie Van Doren began her career as a chanteuse and was a protege of no less than Harold Arlen! So there must have been some sort of talent there somewhere. It's a shame that Hollywood never took advantage of it.

Here's a clip from the Merv Griffin Show in 1985. At around the 10:40 mark Mamie performs a respectable rendition of '"What Did I Have That I Don't Have?' from "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever".

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by Anonymousreply 22312 hours ago

Although MGM dubbed Ava Gardner with Annette Warren in the actual film of Showboat, when the released the soundtrack album, the used Ava's own tracks.

by Anonymousreply 22412 hours ago

^ when THEY released

by Anonymousreply 22512 hours ago

Was Barbara Nichols a protege of Arlen's?

by Anonymousreply 22612 hours ago


Please don't stir those old pools again. Pages upon pages of text have been written on DL about Elaine Stritch and her vocal talents (or lack thereof), and how she managed to have a career on Broadway.

That being said early on while no one would ever claim Ms. Stritch was a possessed of great vocal talent, given proper material (read mostly speaking type songs within a narrow range), she could do well enough for theater. Sadly decades of booze and ciggies destroyed what little voice there was for a start.

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by Anonymousreply 22712 hours ago

This has been posted before but here are Stritch and Russell Nype doing You're Just in Love from Call Me Madam. Stritch had stood by for Merman on Broadway and then took over the first national tour from her after Merman opened it.

Work that skirt, Elaine, work it!

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by Anonymousreply 22812 hours ago

Elaine seems to have inherited Merman's "don't even look at your fellow performer" style.

by Anonymousreply 22912 hours ago

Maureen O'Hara starred on Broadway in a big flop called "Christine" which was recorded. It's a big ripoff of "The King and I', and while she indeed does have a lovely voice, getting through one listen of the entire OCR is a trial.

by Anonymousreply 23012 hours ago

I didn't realize Paltrow was in "Cruising" with Huey Lewis. I liked that song at the time.

Also, Brian Stokes Mitchell has a fantastic voice.

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by Anonymousreply 23112 hours ago

Well, Brian Stokes Mitchell is a Broadway star, known especially for musicals like "Ragtime" and the "Kiss Me, Kate" revival. It's interesting seeing him on old "Match Game Hollywood Squares Hour" on Buzzr tv where he used to be billed at Brian Mitchell when he was a cast member of "Trapper John, M.D." I don't think he's done much in the way of feature films though.

by Anonymousreply 23212 hours ago

^"Well ...."

by Anonymousreply 23311 hours ago

Though more of a film actor than movie star, Garrett Hedlund.

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by Anonymousreply 23411 hours ago

R218 here...

Correction, make that "LWL" not "LWC"....

Carry on....

by Anonymousreply 23511 hours ago

Russell Nype, now there's a name you don't hear very often today. That is sad because the man was (or is) a legend.

Here he is joining Elaine Stritch in 2016 singing "You're Just In Love". This is from 2016 just two years before Russell Nype died in 2018 aged 98....

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by Anonymousreply 23611 hours ago

In his prime there were few better on Broadway than Russell Nype.

Today of course the suits would look at a Russell Nype and say he is just all wrong voice or not, more is the pity really.

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by Anonymousreply 23711 hours ago

A DLer used to play piano at the Nypes' parties.

by Anonymousreply 23811 hours ago

[quote]Here he is joining Elaine Stritch in 2016 singing "You're Just In Love". This is from 2016 just two years before Russell Nype died in 2018 aged 98....

Stritch died in 2014. That was the summer when Stritch, James Garner, Joan Rivers, Lauren Bacall, and Robin Williams died in quick succession.

by Anonymousreply 23910 hours ago

John Payne had a nice voice. Dana Andrews trained as a singer but never sang on film (apart from some folk/group singing in The North Star)

by Anonymousreply 24010 hours ago

Megan Mullally. I'm always surprised how warm and lovely her natural voice is.

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by Anonymousreply 2419 hours ago

Sean Hayes has a really nice voice, too.

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