Triple Threats: 7 Musicians That Also Made It Big In TV and Movies

Not every successful musician can also make it big on both TV shows and Movies.

Being a musician generally means that you’re a very creative and emotionally in tune person, but that may not be enough if you don’t have the acting skills or personality to go with it.

In the beginning, this was first achieved by legends like Elvis and Frank Sinatra.  Here are some of the top mainstream musicians that have become a huge success in all 3: Music, TV and Movies!

Will Smith

Will Smith is always the first that comes to mind as a top example.  He was extremely successful as a part of the rap duo, “Dj Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince” and eventually branching out as a solo recording artist “Will Smith”.

Fresh Prince of Bel-AirHe was the star of the hit TV show, “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air”, which became part of American pop culture.

Will smith is also one of the worlds most respected actors, having starred in blockbuster hits like “Independence Day”, “Bad Boys”, “Enemy Of The Sate”, “I, Robot”,  “Men In Black”, “I Am Legend” and many more.

Jennifer Lopez

Although she got her start first as a fly girl on a TV show called “In Living Color”,  J. Lo has had an extremely successful music career with 8 studio albums and dozens hit songs.

On top of that, she’s been in dozens of huge movies like “Selena”, “Enough”,  “Angel Eyes”, “The Wedding Planner” to name a few and currently serves as a judge on the TV show American Idol.

Reba McEntire

Reba has been singing country music since the 1960s putting out hits like “Does He Love You”, “I’m A Survivor”, “How Blue”, “Somebody Should Leave” and many more.

RebaShe was in several TV shows and most notably played the star on the hit show “Reba” and has even acted in movies like “Tremors” and “Charlotte’s Web”.

Jamie Foxx

He also started out on “In Living Color” and became well know for starring on “The Jamie Foxx Show”.

Foxx also made it huge in movies such as “Collateral”, “Ray”, “Law Abiding Citizen”, “Django Unchained” and many more.

He even made it big as a recording artist, working artists like Ludacris, Kanye West, T-Pain and many more.

Ice T

He was a hardcore, gangsta rapper in the 1980s and 1990s putting out hits like “Colors” and “Cop Killer”.

Was in a few decent movies, such as “New Jack City”, “Surviving The Game” and “Trespass”.

He currently plays a police officer on the hit TV series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”.

Queen Latifah

Her career was huge as a female rapper and had a hit song called “U.N.I.T.Y.”

She starred on the TV show “Living Single” and has been in big movies like “Set it Off”, “Jungle Fever” and “The Last Holiday”.

Ice Cube

Huge success as a member of rap group “NWA” and “Westside Connection” and especially as a solo artist putting out hits like “It Was a Good Day”, “We Be Clubbin'”, “You Can Do It” and dozens more.

Had a hit TV show “Are We There Yet?” and was in movies like “Boyz n The Hood”, “Friday”, “Barbershop” and many more.

Other notable mentions

Beyonce, T.I., Janet Jackson, Steven Tyler, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Ludacris, Mark Wahlberg, Mandy Moore, Snoop Dogg, LL Cool J, Steve Martin, Mos Def, Rihanna, Jessica Simpson, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, Justin Timerlake, 50 Cent, Shad Moss (Bow Wow), Christina Aguilera, Sean Combs (P Diddy), Usher, Henry Rollins, Sting, Tim McGraw, Ice T and Ice Cube.