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Actors who can sing
Actors who can sing
Many actors rose to fame for their acting abilities in their portrayal of character roles, which range from the dramatic, comedic and eccentric. Nothing surprises an audience more when the an actor, not known for his singing acumen, breaks out into a song in a new movie. The reaction ranges from cheers, jeers, being pleasantly charmed, cringing in one's seat, or just sheer amazement. There are those who can actually sing, those who think they can sing, and those who just should stick to acting. There are those who use their fame to propel their singing careers.
Since music is very subjective, let us visit some actors who can sing. Or can they?
Very Best ofDavid Michael Hasselhoff, nicknamed "The Hoff," is an American actor, singer, producer and businessman. He is best known for his lead roles as Michael Knight in the popular 1980s U.S. series Knight Rider and as L.A. County Lifeguard Mitch Buchannon in the series Baywatch. Hasselhoff also produced Baywatch for a number of seasons in the 1990s up until 2001, when the series ended with Baywatch Hawaii. Hasselhoff also crossed over to a music career during the end of the 1980s and the early 1990s. He was noted for his performance at the Berlin Wall in 1989; he enjoyed a short lived success as a singer primarily in German-speaking Europe. More recently, Hasselhoff has been involved with talent shows such as NBC's America's Got Talent from 2006-2009. Hasselhoff was the first celebrity eliminated from eleventh season of Dancing with the Stars, on September 21, 2010.
(Roger Corman Cult Classics)
Jekyll & Hyde
The Hoff is hooked on a feeling
Alongside his acting career, Schneider performed as a country music singer in the 1980s, releasing nine studio albums and a greatest hits package, as well as eighteen singles. This total includes "I've Been Around Enough to Know", "Country Girls", "What's a Memory Like You (Doing in a Love Like This)" and "You're the Last Thing I Needed Tonight", all of which reached the top of the Billboard country singles charts.
What Would Jesus Do?
Christmas Comes to Willow Creek
Come Dance at My Wedding
The Cross and the Towers
John Schneider's Collier & Co. -- Hot Pursuit!
Country boy sings about "Country Girls"
This was John Schneider's #1 hit in the Billboard April 6, 1985.
Songs from the Crystal Cave
In addition to acting and aikido, Seagal also plays the guitar, and his songs have been featured in several of his movies (such as Fire Down Below and Ticker). In 2005, he released his first album, Songs from the Crystal Cave, which has a mix of pop, world, country and blues music. It features duets with Tony Rebel, Lt. Stichie, Lady Saw, and Stevie Wonder. The soundtrack to Seagal's 2005 film Into the Sun features several songs from the album. One of his album tracks, "Girl It's Alright", was also released as a single in parts of the world alongside an accompanying music video created for it.
Seagal's second album, titled Mojo Priest, was released in April 2006. Subsequently, he spent summer 2006 touring the United States and Europe with his band, Thunderbox, in support of the album.
Steven Seagal Collection:
4 Film Favorites
Under Siege / The Glimmer Man / Above the Law / Fire Down Below
Steven Seagal Action Pack
Marked for Death
Under Siege/Under Siege 2
Steven Seagal actually sings
Johnson released two albums of pop music in the 1980s, one in 1986 and the other in 1989. His single "Heartbeat", the title track from his first album, and was a collaberation with 80's one hit wonder - Robert Tepper, reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Johnson is also a good friend of Willie Nelson and Robert Tepper, and was briefly a part of the "Thailand Pack", alongside Tommy Morrison, and brit TV funny man, Les Dennis. Previously, Johnson worked with Gregg Allman and Dickie Betts of the Allman Brothers, co-writing the songs "Blind Love" and "Can't Take It with You" with Dickie Betts, which appeared on their 1979 album, Enlightened Rogues.
The First Season
Don Johnson sings with Barbra Streisand
Hear Joaquin Phoenix sing as Johnny Cash
I'm Still Here
Upon being cast as Johnny Cash in Walk the Line after Cash himself approved, Phoenix responded by buying a guitar and learned how to play. Reese Witherspoon, who portrayed June Carter Cash in the film and won a Best Actress Oscar for her performance, stated during an interview that when they first performed in-character before a live audience, she was so impressed with his impersonation that she knew she "had to step it up a notch". All of Cash and Carter's vocal tracks in the movie and on the accompanying soundtrack are played and sung by Phoenix and Witherspoon. In 2005, he was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar, and won a Golden Globe in the same category in 2006.
Walk the Line
Inventing the Abbotts
It's All About Love
The Best Of John Travolta
Travolta has twice been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor. The first, for his role in Saturday Night Fever and the second for Pulp Fiction. He won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his performance in Get Shorty.
Saturday Night Fever
(30th Anniversary Special Collector's Edition)
(Rockin' Rydell Edition)
A Civil Action
(Single Disc Widescreen)
Watch John spin and sing.
Pierce Brendan Brosnan is an Irish actor, film producer and environmentalist who holds Irish and American citizenship. After leaving school at 16, Brosnan began training in commercial illustration, but trained at the Drama Centre in London for three years. Following a stage acting career he rose to popularity in the television series Remington Steele (1982-87).
After Remington Steele, Brosnan took the lead in many films such as Dante's Peak and The Thomas Crown Affair. In 1995, he became the fifth actor to portray secret agent James Bond in the official film series, starring in four films between 1995 and 2002. He also provided his voice and likeness to Bond in the 2004 video game James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing. Since playing Bond, he has starred in such successes as The Matador (nominated for a Golden Globe, 2005) and Mamma Mia! (National Movie Award, 2008).
In 1996, along with Beau St. Clair, Brosnan formed Irish DreamTime, a Los Angeles-based production company. In later years, he has become known for his charitable work and environmental activism.
He was married to Australian actress Cassandra Harris from 1980 until her death in 1991. He married American journalist and author Keely Shaye Smith in 2001, becoming an American citizen in 2004. - Wikipedia Read more.
After the Sunset
(Widescreen New Line Platinum Series)
The Thomas Crown Affair
James Clavell's Noble House
Hear Pierce sing S.O.S.
Walk the Line
2001 marked her career's turning point with the breakout role as "Elle Woods" in the box office hit Legally Blonde, and in 2002 she starred in Sweet Home Alabama, which became her biggest commercial film success to date. 2003 saw her return as lead actress and executive producer of Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde. In 2005, Witherspoon received worldwide attention and praise for her portrayal of June Carter Cash in Walk the Line, which earned her an Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Wikipedia Read more..
Sweet Home Alabama
A Far Off Place
The Man in the Moon
Wildwood Flower (Reese Witherspoon)
What can't she do well.
Meryl Streep is widely regarded as one of the most talented and respected actors of the modern era. She has worked in theatre, television and film.
Streep won an Academy Award for best actress in her performance in Sophie's Choice, and best supporting actress for Kramer vs. Kramer and The Deer Hunter.
After appearing in Mamma Mia!, Streep's rendition of the song "Mamma Mia" rose to popularity in the Portuguese music charts, where it peaked at #8 in October 2008.
At the 35th People's Choice Awards, her version of Mamma Mia won an award for "Favorite Song From A Soundtrack". In 2008, Streep was nominated for a Grammy Award (her fifth nomination) for her work on the Mamma Mia! soundtrack.
Julie & Julia
Out of Africa
Mamma Mia! The Movie
The Devil Wears Prada
The Bridges of Madison County
Death Becomes Her
A Cry in the Dark
Mamma Mia! Meryl can sing
A man's man
Clint Eastwood is a renowned American film actor, director, producer and composer. He has received five Academy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, two Cannes Film Festival awards, and five People's Choice Awards - including one for Favorite All-Time Motion Picture Star. He is the macho cultural icon of films, from spaghetti westerns, as inspector Harry Callahan in the DIrty Harry films, in a string of comedic efforts in Every Which Way But Loose (1978) and its sequel Any Which Way You Can (1980), his two highest-grossing films after adjustment for inflation.For his work in the films Unforgiven (1992) and Million Dollar Baby (2004), Eastwood won Academy Awards for Best Director and for producer of the Best Picture, and received nominations for Best Actor. These films in particular, as well as others including Paint Your Wagon (1969), Play Misty for Me (1971), High Plains Drifter (1973), The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), Escape from Alcatraz (1979), Pale Rider (1985), In the Line of Fire (1993), and Gran Torino (2008), have all received great critical acclaim and commercial success. He has directed most of his star vehicles as well as films he has not acted in, such as Mystic River (2003) and Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), for which he received Academy Award nominations.
He also served as the nonpartisan mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California from 1986-1988, tending to support small business interests on the one hand and environmental protection as well. Wikipedia Read more.
The Bridges of Madison County
The Outlaw Josey Wales
The Clint Eastwood Star Collection
(Fistful of Dollars / For A Few Dollars More / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Hang 'em High)
Dirty Harry Collection
(Dirty Harry / Magnum Force / The Enforcer / Sudden Impact / The Dead Pool)
Clint Eastwood Comedy:
4 Film Favorites
(Space Cowboys / Honkytonk Man / Every Which Way But Loose / Any Which Way You Can)
Clint Eastwood American Icon Collection
(Play Misty for Me / The Eiger Sanction / Coogan's Bluff / The Beguiled)
Clint talks to the trees.
Pierce Brosnan sings ABBA
What do you think of Pierce Brosnan's singing abilities in Mamma Mia?
Julie Andrews is an English film and stage actress, singer, and author. She rose to prominence starring in other musicals such as My Fair Lady and Camelot, and in musical films such as Mary Poppins (1964), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress, and The Sound of Music (1965): the roles for which she is still best-known. Her voice spanned four octaves until it was damaged by a throat operation in 1997.
Andrews had a major revival of her film career in 2000s in family films such as The Princess Diaries (2001), its sequel The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004), and the Shrek animated films (2004-2010). In 2003 Andrews revisited her first Broadway success, this time as a stage director, with a revival of The Boy Friend at the Bay Street Theatre, Sag Harbor, New York (and later at the Goodspeed Opera House, in East Haddam, Connecticut in 2005).
Andrews is also an author of children's books, and in 2008 published an autobiography, Home: A Memoir of My Early Years. -Wikipedia Read more.
The Princess Diaries
(Full Screen Edition)
The Sound of Music
(Two-Disc 40th Anniversary Special Edition)
(Disney Gold Classic Collection)
Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella
(1957 Television Production)
She is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Live In Concert June 18th 1984
"Don't Give Up on Us" was a worldwide smash, spending four weeks at #1 on the UK Singles Chart in January and February 1977 and a single week at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 1977. In addition, the song spent one week at #1 on the U.S. adult contemporary chart . Wikipedia- Read more.
In the Line of Duty:
The FBI Murders
Starsky & Hutch
The Complete First Season
The Disappearance of Flight 412
David Soul sings "Don't Give up on Us"
This is my all time favorite song.
(Live in Concert)
Barbra Streisand is an American singer, actress, director, and songwriter. She has won two Academy Awards, eight Grammy Awards, four Emmy Awards, a Special Tony Award, an American Film Institute award, and a Peabody Award.
She is one of the most commercially and critically successful entertainers in modern entertainment history, with more than 71.5 million albums shipped in the United States and 140 million albums sold worldwide. She is the best-selling female artist on the Recording Industry Association of America's (RIAA) Top Selling Artists list, the only female recording artist in the top ten, and the only artist outside of the rock and roll genre. Along with Frank Sinatra, Cher, Jamie Foxx and Shirley Jones, she shares the distinction of being awarded an acting Oscar and also recording a number-one single on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The Way We Were
Hello, Dolly! Widescreen Edition
The Mirror Has Two Faces
The Barbra Streisand Collection
(The Mirror Has Two Faces / The Prince of Tides / The Way We Were)
The ultimate diva
Russell Ira Crowe (born 7 April 1964) is a New Zealand-born, naturalised Australian actor and musician. His acting career began in the late 1980s with roles in Australian TV series such as Police Rescue, Neighbours and films such as Romper Stomper. In the late 1990s, he began appearing in US films such as the 1997 movie L.A. Confidential. He has been nominated for three Oscars, and in 2001, he won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his starring role in the film Gladiator. He also won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for A Beautiful Mind. Crowe is also co-owner of National Rugby League team the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
In the '80s, Crowe and friend Billy Dean Cochran formed a band, "Roman Antix", which later evolved into the Australian rock band 30 Odd Foot of Grunts (TOFOG for short). Crowe performed lead vocals and guitar for the band, which formed in 1992. The band released 1995's The Photograph Kills EP as well as three full length records, 1998's Gaslight, 2001's Bastard Life or Clarity and 2003's Other Ways of Speaking, all of which are available at iTunes worldwide. In early 2005, 30 Odd Foot Of Grunts as a group has "dissolved/evolved" with Russell Crowe feeling his future music would take a new direction and he began a collaboration with Alan Doyle of the Canadian band Great Big Sea, and with it a new band: The Ordinary Fear of God which also involved some members of the previous TOFOG lineup. A new single, Raewyn, was released in April 2005 and an album entitled My Hand, My Heart which was released and is available for download on iTunes. The album includes a tribute song to actor Richard Harris, who became Crowe's friend during the making of Gladiator.
In March 2010 Russell Crowe & The Ordinary Fear of God's version of the John Williamson song "Winter Green" was included on a new compilation album The Absolute Best of John Williamson: 40 Years True Blue, commemorating the singer/songwriters milestone of 40 years in the Australian music industry.
In May 2011 there are plans to release a new Russell Crowe & The Ordinary Fear of God record (co-written with Alan Doyle) and for a US Tour which would be the first live dates in the US since 2006. Wikipedia Read more.
A Beautiful Mind
(Full Screen Awards Edition)
(Two-Disc Unrated Director's Cut)
The great gladiator turns on his vocal chords.
Hugh Michael Jackman (born 12 October 1968) is an Australian actor and producer who is involved in film, musical theatre and television.
Jackman has won international recognition for his roles in major films, notably as action/superhero, period and romance characters. He is well known from his role as Wolverine in the X-Men series, in addition to his leads in Kate & Leopold, Van Helsing, The Prestige, and Australia. Jackman is a singer, dancer, and actor in stage musicals, and won a Tony Award for his role in The Boy from Oz.
Jackman became known outside of Australia in 1998, when he played the leading role of Curly in the Royal National Theatre's acclaimed stage production of Oklahoma!, in London's West End. The performance earned him an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical.
In 2000, Jackman was cast as Wolverine in Bryan Singer's X-Men. Wolverine was tough for Jackman to portray because he had few lines, but a lot of emotion to convey in them. To prepare, he watched Clint Eastwood in the Dirty Harry movies and Mel Gibson in Road Warrior. "Here were guys who had relatively little dialogue, like Wolverine had, but you knew and felt everything.Jackman starred as Leopold in the 2001 romantic comedy film Kate & Leopold, a role for which he received a Best Actor Golden Globe nomination.
Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!
(London Stage Revival)
(Two-Disc Edition + Digital Copy)
(Two-Disc Widescreen Edition)
(Full Screen Edition)
Oh My God, Expanded Edition
Watch Hugh Jackman sings in "Oklahoma, Les Miserables - Handsome and talented.
Hugh Jackman is the main attraction as Curly McLain, mostly because fans have problems believing this is the same guy who plays Wolverine in the "X-Men" movies. After garnering the 2004 Theater Wings Best Actor in a Musical Tony Award for portraying singer Peter Allen in the Broadway version of "The Boy From Oz", Jackman proved he deserved all the accolades.
Eric Marlon Bishop (born December 13, 1967), professionally known as Jamie Foxx, is an American actor, stand-up comedian, and singer. As an actor, his work in the film Ray earned him the Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Actor as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a musical/comedy. He is also a Grammy Award winning musician, producing two albums which have charted highly on the Billboard 200: Unpredictable, which topped the chart, and Intuition.
Foxx made his film debut in the 1992 comedy Toys. His first dramatic role came in Oliver Stone's 1999 film Any Given Sunday, where he portrayed a hard-partying American football player. He was cast in the role in part because of his background as a football player. Foxx has since evolved into a respected dramatic actor. Following Any Given Sunday, Foxx was featured as taxi driver Max Durocher in the film Collateral alongside Tom Cruise, for which he received outstanding reviews and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. His standout performance, however, was his portrayal of Ray Charles in the biopic Ray (2004), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor and the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
Foxx is the second male in history to receive two acting Oscar nominations in the same year for two different movies, Collateral and Ray. The only other male actor to achieve this was Al Pacino. In 2005, Foxx was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
(Full Screen Edition)
(Two-Disc Special Edition)
The Jamie Foxx Show
The Complete First Season
Straight From the Foxxhole
The Jamie Foxx Film Collection
Listen to the comedian who can sing "Heaven"
Gyneth Paltrow is an American actress and singer born in Los Angeles, California. Paltrow made her professional stage debut in 1990. Her film debut followed next year with Shout (1991), starring John Travolta; later that year, she appeared in Hook (1991), as Young Wendy. Paltrow then had minor roles in Malice (1993) and Flesh and Bone (1993). She was next cast in a supporting role in Se7en (1995) alongside Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, which earned her a Satellite Award nomination. The film was successful commercially and critically. In 1996, she played the title character in Emma to critical acclaim, particularly in the United Kingdom, where her perfection of the English accent was appreciated. The award-winning Shakespeare in Love earned Paltrow the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role from the Screen Actors Guild and the Academy Award for Best Actress, among other honors. Since the Oscar for Shakespeare in Love, Paltrow's film success has been less noteworthy.
Paltrow had her singing debut in the 2000 film Duets, in which she performed a cover version of Smokey Robinson's "Cruisin'". The song was well-received and released as a single. The song went to number one in Australia, while Paltrow's rendition of the Kim Carnes classic "Bette Davis Eyes" reached number three. In the 2006 film Infamous, she sang "What Is This Thing Called Love". On September 27, 2006, Paltrow sang with rapper Jay-Z during his concert at Royal Albert Hall. She sang the chorus for "Song Cry", from the rapper's album Blueprint.
In 2010, she reprised her role in the sequel to Iron Man, Iron Man 2. Later in 2010, she will appear in the country musical, Country Strong, where she also recorded the song Country Strong for the films' soundtrack. The song was released to country radio in August 2010.
Shakespeare in Love
(Miramax Collector's Series)
Original Motion Picture
Gwyneth's singing style is country strong. - Born to sing.
Check out these interesting links
- The MegaList of Actors Who Tried to Sing | Jon Dyer's Blog
A huge list of actors and actresses who put aside their acting careers and tried their hand at singing. A lot of the time, it was a train wreck
- What Were They Thinking? 10 Actors Who Thought They Could Sing | Musicouch
Many actors have made the transition from acting to recording music and done quite well. These 10 however are not in that category.
- 15 Celebrities Who Sang…But Shouldn’t Have
Some actors who have rose to fame will do anything to torture their fans by attempting to exercise their vocal chords. Check out Leonard Nimoy, Sylvester Stallone, Eddie Murphy and others who many others who sang and shouldn't have.
- Movies that Sing: Actors Who Think They Can | Redblog
The other day we were talking about singers who try their hand at acting, which of course begged the question, What about actors who try to sing? So to wrap up our Movies that Sing week here at redblog, let's talk about thespians who become convinced
- Amazon.com: Actresses Who Can Really Sing
A list of products including, Taste of the Fantastic / L. David Sloane, Carol Burnett Featuring If I Could Write a Song, Voice of an Angel, Best of Debbie Reynolds, Integrale 1931-1951, Miss Bette Davis, Darling Diva, Love's Old Songs, The Fabulous L
- Getting Actors to SIng
Voice teacher Roger Love has helped prepare Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon for "Walk the Line" and Jeff Bridges and Colin Farrell for "Crazy Heart," among many others.
Who do you think can act and sing?