Music and acting have a long and glorious history of cooperation. Just look at musicals, or the way that the right background song can take a scene from trite to moving with a few chords. So it's no surprise that many actors have involved themselves both in thespian and musical pursuits. Most of them, though, seem content to break out those talents only when the screen calls for it, impressing audiences with seemingly sudden musical talent. But others have turned their musical interests into a side project, playing in bands, writing songs and performing. Here's ten actors who've released albums.
10 Scarlett Johansson
9 Michael Pitt, Pagoda
8 Kevin Bacon, The Bacon Brothers
7 Juliette Lewis, Juliette and the Licks
6 Johnny Depp, P
5 Ryan Gosling, Dead Man's Bones
4 Zooey Deschanel, She & Him
3 Jack Black, Tenacious D
Jack Black is a funny guy, this much is evident from his imdb.com page, but it's also visible in his musical work. His rock (or mock-rock, or maybe comical rock-opera? Critics aren't quite sure what to qualify it as) group, Tenacious D, consists of Jack Black and Kyle Gass. the duo been a cult sensation since the 90s.
2 Russell Crowe, The Ordinary Fear of God
1 Donald Glover, Childish Gambino
Donald Glover is known as Troy Barnes on the wildly popular sitcom Community, as well as receiving a Writers Guild of America award for his writing on 30 Rock. Under the name Childish Gambino, Donald Glover has also found success, performing rap and hip-hop since 2006 (there was an album released in 2005, but he's drastically distanced himself from it, so we'll skip it). Glover has released two studio albums, 2011's Camp and 2013's Because the Internet, which hit 11 and 7 on the US charts, respectively. He's also self-released six mixtapes over the past six years, available via digital download. Not only is this actor a successful musician he is among the most popular.
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