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Who's the best singer-turned-actor (male edition)?

Who started as a singer and eventually starred in movies?

by Anonymousreply 49December 3, 2021 5:31 PM

Desi Arnaz!

by Anonymousreply 1November 27, 2021 6:42 PM

I love Bing's old films.

by Anonymousreply 2November 27, 2021 7:16 PM

Toss up between Sinatra and Crosby. Both were great singers and actors. Sinatra wins as a singer but I can't decide on who was the better actor.

by Anonymousreply 3November 27, 2021 7:21 PM

Since when was Liberace a singer?

by Anonymousreply 4November 27, 2021 7:57 PM

R4, always?

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by Anonymousreply 5November 27, 2021 7:59 PM

Mario Lanza became a huge box office star

by Anonymousreply 6November 27, 2021 8:03 PM

Vic Damone appeared in a few MGM musicals.

Tony Bennett was in one of the worst movies of all time, "The Oscar."

Perry Como did a few musicals.

Sammy Davis, Jr. did some movies and TV.

But one who DEFINITELY belongs on OP's list is Dean Martin.

by Anonymousreply 7November 27, 2021 10:05 PM

Pia Zadora

by Anonymousreply 8November 27, 2021 10:07 PM

Kris Kristofferson

Ice-T and Ice Cube, if you can call what they do "singing." Same for Ludacris and Common.

by Anonymousreply 9November 27, 2021 10:09 PM

Dean Martin was a very good dramatic actor.

Check out "Some Came Running".

by Anonymousreply 10November 27, 2021 10:10 PM

Davy Jones

by Anonymousreply 11November 27, 2021 10:11 PM

Fabian

Frankie Avalon

Bobby Rydell

by Anonymousreply 12November 27, 2021 10:11 PM

Bobby Darin

by Anonymousreply 13November 27, 2021 10:12 PM

Roy Rogers

by Anonymousreply 14November 27, 2021 10:13 PM

Will was a rapper not a singer. But yeah, he's a Hollywood blockbuster star.

I don't remember Elvis doing much acting in his films. He seemed to be imitating Brando and Dean in Jailhouse Rock.

David Bowie was great in most of what I saw him in. It helps he was trained in theatre.

I need to watch some Sinatra films.

by Anonymousreply 15November 27, 2021 10:17 PM

Marky Mark Wahlberg

by Anonymousreply 16November 27, 2021 10:21 PM

Donnie and Mark Wahlberg both became successful actors.

Nick Jonas does acting as well.

Ricky Martin acts from time to time.

Bow Wow too.

Not saying any of them are great though.

by Anonymousreply 17November 27, 2021 10:23 PM

What a ridiculous list OP.

by Anonymousreply 18November 29, 2021 5:34 AM

Kristofferson was a much better actor than singer, though he was a good songwriter.

Dennis Wilson and James Taylor were both used effectively in Two Lane Blacktop, though they were more presences than actors. Or maybe they were just super hot. At any rate, I don't think either one acted again.

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by Anonymousreply 19November 29, 2021 6:52 AM

Definitely NOT Eddie Fisher in "Butterfield 8".

by Anonymousreply 20November 29, 2021 10:40 AM

Well, I never!

by Anonymousreply 21November 29, 2021 10:44 AM

OP is from Kentucky, apparently.

And how could she not add Johnny Hallyday to her list?

by Anonymousreply 22November 29, 2021 10:53 AM

As an earlier poster noted, Crosby and Sinatra definitely made some real transformations of singer-to-actor, especially Sinatra who was nothing but a skinny "boy crooner" who has bobby soxers screaming and swooning for him at the Paramount theatre in New York City.

However, if you want to see a fresh-faced, harmless, boy-next-door male singer/actor really become the "best", read up on Dick Powell. Originally the male singer for a some big band orchestras, he was then cast over and over by Warner in musicals like 42nd Street, Goldiggers of 1933, The Singing Marine.

From Wikipedia, "Powell's career changed dramatically when he was cast in the first of a series of films noir, as private detective Philip Marlowe in Murder, My Sweet (1944), directed by Edward Dmytryk at RKO. The film was a big hit, and Powell had successfully reinvented himself as a dramatic actor." Later, "For Columbia, he played a casino owner in Johnny O'Clock (1947) and made To the Ends of the Earth (1948). Also in 1948, he stepped out of the brutish type when he starred in Pitfall, a film noir in which a bored insurance-company worker falls for an innocent but dangerous woman, played by Lizabeth Scott."

He had an interesting life, starting in Arkansas, traveling with a big band, landing contracts to become an actor, etc... but is not as well-remembered as Crosby or Sinatra - Powell died much earlier, from cancer, and his personal/family life was not a tumultuous as Bing and Frank's.

by Anonymousreply 23November 29, 2021 11:17 AM

Does someone like Dick Powell qualify? Did he have a recording career before he started acting? Irene Dunne was a very successful Broadway musical comedy star and became an excellent actress also. Ginger Rogers (ugh) sang in movies before going on to win an Oscar (which should be snatched away). By R23's measure, I'd include them too, but I don't think that's what the OP meant. Points for remembering Dick Powell though!

by Anonymousreply 24November 29, 2021 6:37 PM

I wonder if Dick Powell knew that June was cheating on him with Jerry Lewis, and if so, did he try to rub her out?

by Anonymousreply 25December 2, 2021 12:33 AM

Kristofferson is a good choice, r9

by Anonymousreply 26December 2, 2021 12:36 AM

Who could forget Lance Bass in On the Line!

by Anonymousreply 27December 2, 2021 12:37 AM

These are some awful choices.

by Anonymousreply 28December 2, 2021 12:37 AM

Diana Ross

by Anonymousreply 29December 2, 2021 12:37 AM

Absolutely Frank. He could play a swinger, soldier, sailor, detective, junkie, assassin, gambler, and more.

by Anonymousreply 30December 2, 2021 12:40 AM

Just like Streisand and Garland have no peers in this category, ditto Sinatra (and I think he was a thug half the time). He was a fine singer and pretty effective actor too- very natural.

by Anonymousreply 31December 2, 2021 12:41 AM

I really, I mean *really* like Bowie as an actor, and I think it's a shame he didn't appear in more movies. He was amazingly photogenic, and in a highly unusual way where he read as both handsome and disturbing, and was a good actor as well as an extremely interesting screen presence.

Of course I understand that acting was always a secondary interest for him, that music gave him a primary creative outlet, where he wrote everything and ran the show. But I still think it's a pity he didn't find more time for his second job.

by Anonymousreply 32December 2, 2021 12:43 AM

I will say Elvis showed some promise in his early roles. Sadly, especially after his stint in the Army, he was just cast in an endless parade of formulaic films, which made a lot of money but didn't stretch him. the only reason "Viva Las Vegas" rose above his usual fare is because the pairing of him and Ann-Margaret was electric.

There are two movies, which he didn't do because of Colonel Tom Parker, that I would've liked to see how he would've been in them. Famously, Babs wanted him for "A Star Is Born," in his later years, which would've either been sublime or a disaster. But, according to a few books I have read there were also discussions about him and Sammy Davis, Jr. starring in the roles played by Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis in "The Defiant Ones." Roles that earned both of them Best Actor nominations. If he had got to star in a serious film like that early on, his career might have been different. It might have also helped Sammy Davis Jr. to earn the recognition he deserved. Also, having Elvis in such a picture would've been huge when it came to discussions about civil rights.

by Anonymousreply 33December 2, 2021 12:50 AM

Beginning your poll with Liberace invalidates it.

by Anonymousreply 34December 2, 2021 4:43 AM

R25, June was cheating on Dick Powell with Dean Martin, not Jerry Lewis.

While Dean was screwing June, Jerry was screwing Gloria DeHaven.

by Anonymousreply 35December 2, 2021 4:58 AM

R34, au contraire, it generates attention and causes the DLers to wonder what other unexpected nominees await them.

by Anonymousreply 36December 2, 2021 5:08 AM

R35 I know it probably happened but I just can't even imagine Jerry Lewis, especially young Jerry Lewis, fucking anyone. Especially not a starlet like Gloria DeHaven. I mean physically I just can't imagine it.

Dean, I can very much picture, and I enjoy picturing it.

by Anonymousreply 37December 2, 2021 5:38 AM

Chris Isaak

by Anonymousreply 38December 2, 2021 6:01 AM

Thanks for clearing that up R35. I guess I wasn't wearing my Depends when I wrote that. But please, please, please don't tell Richard!

by Anonymousreply 39December 2, 2021 7:41 AM

R24, Powell qualifies. He was the singer for a touring orchestra in the late20s, even had some records produced. He started singing/acting in the early 1930s.

I think Powell and Crosby were closer contemporaries, Sinatra came along later. Each made the leap in their own way. I chose Powell because of how many silly and cheesy films he made before showing up and wowing audiences as Marlowe.

by Anonymousreply 40December 2, 2021 10:10 AM

R39, Hedda Hopper was so irate that Dean and Jerry were openly cheating on their wives, she threatened to expose them in her column, which ended the flings with Allyson and DeHaven.

by Anonymousreply 41December 2, 2021 11:06 AM

Dean and Jerry showering together.

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by Anonymousreply 42December 2, 2021 11:09 AM

No, r37?

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by Anonymousreply 43December 2, 2021 12:20 PM

R43 No, still no.

by Anonymousreply 44December 2, 2021 5:23 PM

Andre Holland.

by Anonymousreply 45December 2, 2021 5:34 PM

Andre Holland is a singer?

by Anonymousreply 46December 3, 2021 2:14 PM

[quote]Andre Holland is a singer?

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by Anonymousreply 47December 3, 2021 2:53 PM

r47 Andre Holland and Andre 3000 are not the same person.

by Anonymousreply 48December 3, 2021 3:10 PM

[quote][R47] Andre Holland and Andre 3000 are not the same person.

Well whaddya know, you're right. I've believed that incorrectly for years.

by Anonymousreply 49December 3, 2021 5:31 PM
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