Actors who dance, models who sing, and dancers who act are all commonplace these days. Every celebrity wants to be a triple threat, and be involved in as many aspects of the entertainment business as they can. While some stars choose to stick to what they are good at, others will try everything, just because if the opportunity is there, then why not?
While some actors-turned-musicians, such as Jared Leto, and Steve Martin, have had lots of success in both their fields, there are a lot of celebrities that attempt a career in music, but never gain the following they were hoping for. Whether it was just an attempt to live out the dream of their own album, or a genuine stab at musical stardom, these 10 celebrities all recorded an album, and you probably didn't even know about it.
10 Bruce Willis
Action star and former Mr. Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, has released not one, but three albums to date. His debut, released in 1987, was entitled The Return of Bruno, and included mostly pop-blues style songs. The first single, "Respect Yourself" , was a cover of a song of the same name by R&B group, The Staple Singers, but Willis' version ended up performing well, peaking at #5 on the Hot 100. He also did a cover of "Under the Boardwalk", but it wasn't nearly as popular. His second album If It Don't Kill You , It Just Makes You Stronger was released in 1989, and in 2001 Classic Bruce Willis: The Universal Masters Collection hit stores.
9 David Hasselhoff
8 Robert Downey Jr.
7 Zooey Deschanel
You may have noticed that Zooey Deschanel sings the title song for her hit show The New Girl, but she has also released four studio albums under the name She & Him, as collaborations with musician and producer M. Ward. She has also contributed to a few of the soundtracks for her movies, such as a cover of "Sugar Town" for 500 Days of Summer. She & Him released a Christmas album in 2011 that was Amazon's third highest selling Christmas album over the holiday period. Deschanel's music is generally classified as an indie rock/pop/folk hybrid.
6 Keanu Reeves
The star of blockbuster movies like Speed, and The Matrix trilogy, also used to be the bassist in a band called, Dogstar. They formed in 1991, just when Reeves was starting to break out of his typical stoner teen roles phase (Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure), and become a leading man. The 4-member alternative grunge band released one EP (1996), and two albums, the last one being in 2001. In 1995, Dogstar opened for Bon Jovi, and they also appeared at UK's Glastonbury Festival in 1999. They even helped other huge bands get their big break, as Weezer's first gig was opening for Dogstar in 1992.
5 Scarlett Johansson
4 Kevin Bacon
3 Russell Crowe
In the 2012 film Les Miserables, Russell Crowe played the role of Javert, and sang all his own songs. This was a surprising role for him to take if you are used to him playing physical roles like his Oscar-winning turn in Gladiator. But in reality, that wasn't the first time he has tapped into his musical ability. In 1992, Crowe took on lead vocals and guitar for the band 30 Odd Foot of Grunts (or TOFOG), and they released an EP and 3 albums. In 2005, Crowe released another album with a newly formed band, The Ordinary Fear of God, which included members he had worked with in the past. He has also collaborated with Alan Doyle of Canadian band, Great Big Sea, with their latest effort hitting iTunes in 2011.
2 Leighton Meester
1 Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling is first and foremost a Hollywood heartthrob who will probably win an Oscar at some point. But that doesn't mean he can't spend time on his music hobby too. Gosling formed the rock duo Dead Man's Bones with his friend Zach Shields, in 2007, when they discovered their mutual love for ghost stories. Therefore, they decided to write love songs about ghosts and monsters. While recording, they also imposed rules on their process, including playing without a click track, and trying not to do more than three takes of any song. They wanted to highlight the imperfections of music, and how that makes it better. Their debut album was released in 2009 through ANTI-records, and they toured around the states the same year, making sure to include a local children's choir in every show.