ByLuke Gordon Smith, writer at
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Luke Gordon Smith

Movies and music, two of the most influential and popular forms of media of all time. Even though the two forms of entertainment are usually separated, some people have managed to bridge the gap between the two. And even fewer have managed to do it successfully. Even some of the most popular actors today have a hidden, or pretty obvious past to music. And that's what this is all about, showing you 10 of the actors you didn't know were originally singers/rappers.

Mark Wahlberg

What many people don't know is that Mark Wahlberg was the lead singer/rapper in a group called Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. He (unlike many others) has managed to make the transition from pop icon to respected actor.

Donnie Wahlberg

Why not keep the attention on the Wahlberg family? As Donnie (Mark's brother) also made the tricky transition from music to film. While he may not have as prestigious or respected acting career, he was a teen icon as a member of New Kids on the Block.

Ricky Gervais

Believe it or not, Ricky Gervais attempted a pop career, after college, with Seona Dancing. He, like many other pop duos in the 80's, did not achieve the success the had hoped. Gervais did not meet his fame until The Office in 2001, which is known as one of the greatest sitcoms of all time. He has since turned to comedy, and has done it successfully.


This actor, was once known as one of the greatest hip-hop rappers in the late 1990's and early 2000's. He had a fairly successful career as a rapper, but eventually turned his focus to an acting career (that hasn't really worked out for him).

Dean Martin

The only actor on this list that isn't alive, Dean Martin had a very successful career, in both acting and singing, in the mid-1900's. He is probably most known for his roles in Rio Bravo and Ocean's 11.


Christopher Brian Bridges (aka Ludacris) started rapping at the ripe age of 9 years old. And it didn't stop there, he had his breakthrough in 2000, where his album managed to go 3x platinum. He has fairly recently started acting, with The Hangover and the Fast and Furious franchise at the top.

Jennifer Lopez

Okay, so J Lo may be known more for her singing career, but she has done her fair share of acting. With movies like Out of Sight, Selena, and Maid in Manhattan, she may have not had as prestigious roles as the other actors, but she has had enough for this list.

Will Smith

One of, if not, the most popular actors on this list, Will Smith has made a career in acting. But, some people may not know that before Smith became an A-List actor, he was in music with D.J. Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. This duo led to a small amount of fame, but nowhere near his acting career.

Tyrese Gibson

Tyrese can literally do it all. With acting, singing, writing books and songs, producing, and modeling, Gibson has had his fair share of it all. He is probably most known for his role in The Fast and Furious movie franchise, in which he received the most amount of popularity.

Ice Cube

With the recent movie of the band N.W.A, titled Straight Outta Compton, many people who haven't previously taken interest, have started to. And more people have taken an interest in Ice Cube, one of the members of N.W.A. He has done some acting, with movies like Ride Along, 21 Jump Street, and 22 Jump Street.


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