Acting Isn't their main thing

by tschild-47-165576 | created - 08 Mar 2015 | updated - 27 Aug 2016 | Public

A list of people who have done some acting but are better known for something else (such as music, sports or modeling). Excludes people who's only acting is playing themselves and people who started modeling but are now better known as actors.

1. Madonna

Actress | Evita

The remarkable, hyper-ambitious Material Girl who never stops reinventing herself, Madonna is a seven-time Grammy Award-winner who has sold over three hundred million records and CDs to adoring fans worldwide. Her film career, however, is another story. Her performances have consistently drawn ...

Music. Starred in "Body of Evidence" etc

2. Kylie Minogue

Actress | Moulin Rouge!

Kylie Ann Minogue was born on 28 May, 1968. The eldest of three children, Kylie's acting career began early, but it was her role as "Charlene" in the Australian soap, Neighbours (1985), which established Kylie as an international star. Her singing career began, purely by accident, when a record ...

Music. Started acting in "Neighbours"

3. Beyoncé

Soundtrack | Dreamgirls

Beyoncé was born & raised in Houston, Texas. Her father, Mathew Knowles, manages Destiny's Child. Her mother, Tina Knowles designs their glittering costumes. Solange, her sister (they're about 5 years apart), has released her debut album. She dances with her big sister during DC-3 concerts. Beyoncé...

Music. Starred in "Austin Powers: Goldmember"

4. Christina Aguilera

Soundtrack | The Voice

Christina Maria Aguilera was born on December 18, 1980, in Staten Island, New York, to Shelly Loraine (Fidler) and Fausto Wagner Xavier Aguilera, a U.S. army sergeant. Her father is Ecuadorian and her mother, who is American-born, has English, Scots-Irish, and German ancestry. Her parents divorced ...

Music. Starred in "Burlesque"

5. Cher

Actress | Moonstruck

The beat goes on ... and on ... and as strong as ever for this superstar entertainer who has well surpassed the four-decade mark while improbably transforming herself from an artificial, glossy "flashionplate" singer into a serious, Oscar-worthy, dramatic actress ... and back again! With more ups ...

Music. Starred in "Burlesque"

6. Gwen Stefani

Soundtrack | Trolls

Gwen Renee Stefani was born on October 3, 1969 at St. Jude's Hospital in Fullerton, California. She was one of four children born to Dennis Stefani and Patti Flynn. Her siblings are Eric Stefani, Jill and Todd Stefani. Her father is of Italian descent and her mother's ancestry is English, Irish, ...

Music. Cameo in "The Aviator"

7. Grace Jones

Actress | A View to a Kill

Grace Jones was born May 19, 1948 in Spanish Town, St Catherine - Jamaica, to Marjorie Jones (née Williams) and Reverend Robert W. Jones. Though born in Jamaica, when she was twelve, she moved to Syracuse, New York, joining her family who had moved there previously. Jones would eventually study ...

Music & Body Building. Starred in "A view to a kill"

8. Wilt Chamberlain

Actor | Conan the Destroyer

Wilton Norman Chamberlain was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Olivia Ruth (Johnson), a domestic worker, and William Chamberlain, a welder, custodian, and handyman. Wilt didn't come from a race of giants as many thought. Both his parents were no bigger than 5-9, but as a young boy he began a ...

Basketball. Role in "Conan the Destroyer"

9. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Actor | Airplane!

Legendary US NBA basketball player with the Milwaukee Bucks (1969-1975) and the Los Angeles Lakers (1975-1989), the 7' 2" Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born Lew Alcindor) has made numerous guest appearances on US TV shows including Man from Atlantis (1977), 21 Jump Street (1987), Tales from the Darkside (...

Basketball. Role in "Flying High" (Airplane)

10. Gina Carano

Actress | Haywire

Gina Joy Carano was born under a tornado warning in Dallas, Texas, to parents Dana Joy (Cason) and Glenn Thomas Carano. Her father played for the Super Bowl Champion Dallas Cowboys as a backup quarterback for Roger Staubach and Danny White from 1977-1983. In 1984, he was the starting quarterback ...

MMA. Began Acting after a very successful Mixed Martial Arts Career. First movie: "Haywire"

11. Ronda Rousey

Actress | Furious Seven

Ronda Rousey burst onto the women's MMA scene in August of 2010. Born in Riverside County, California on February 1, 1987 to parents Ron Rousey and AnnMaria DeMars, little Ronda was born with an umbilical cord wrapped around her neck that damaged her vocal cords. She didn't speak coherently until ...

UFC Champion. Role in "The Expendables 3"

12. Rihanna

Actress | Battleship

Robyn Rihanna Fenty was born in a parish in Barbados called St. Michael, to Monica (Braithwaite), an accountant, and Ronald Fenty, a warehouse supervisor. Her mother is Afro-Guyanese and her father is of Afro-Barbadian and British Isles ancestry (known as "Redlegs" in the Caribbean). Rihanna lived ...

Music. Role in "Battleship"

13. Dwayne Johnson

Actor | Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Dwayne Douglas Johnson, also known as The Rock, was born on May 2, 1972 in Hayward, California. He is the son of Ata Johnson (born Feagaimaleata Fitisemanu Maivia) and professional wrestler Rocky Johnson (born Wayde Douglas Bowles). His father, from Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada, is black (of Black ...

Wrestler as "The Rock" Role in Fast and Furious 6.

14. Trish Stratus

Actress | WWE Monday Night RAW

Patricia Anne Stratigeas, better known as Trish Stratus, is marketed as a former wrestler for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Before she became a mainstay in professional wrestling, she was a student at York University in Toronto, Canada where she majored in Biology and Kinesiology. While in ...

Wrestler. Acted in "Bail Enforcers"

15. Jon Bon Jovi

Soundtrack | Young Guns II

Jon Bon Jovi, was born John Francis Bongiovi, Jr. On March 2, 1962, in Perth Amboy, New Jersey to parents John Francis Bongiovi, Sr. and Carol Sharkey.

Family: Jon's mother, Carol Sharkey, was a former model and one of the first Playboy Bunnies. She met Bon Jovi's father after she enlisted in the ...

Music. Acted in "Pay it Forward"

16. Kris Kristofferson

Actor | Blade

Kris Kristofferson was born in Brownsville, Texas, to Mary Ann (Ashbrook) and Lars Henry Kristofferson. His paternal grandparents were Swedish, and his father was a United States Air Force general who pushed his son to a military career. Kris was a Golden Gloves boxer and went to Pomona College in ...

Music. Acted in "Blade"

17. Elle Macpherson

Actress | The Edge

Elle Macpherson was born on March 29, 1964 in Cronulla, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Eleanor Nancy Gow. She is an actress and producer, known for The Edge (1997), Batman & Robin (1997) and If Lucy Fell (1996). She has been married to Jeffrey Soffer since July 2013. She was previously ...

Model. Acted in "Sirens"

18. Tziporah Malkah

Actress | The Foreigner

Tziporah Malkah was born on November 30, 1973 in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia as Katherine Helen Fischer. She is known for her work on The Foreigner (2003), Heaven's Burning (1997) and Dust Off the Wings (1997).

Model. Acted in "Sirens"

19. Christie Brinkley

Actress | National Lampoon's Vacation

Christie Brinkley was born on February 2, 1954 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Christie Lee Hudson. She is an actress, known for National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), Jack and Jill (2011) and Vegas Vacation (1997). She was previously married to Peter Cook, Richard Taubman, Billy Joel and Jean-François ...

Model. Acted in "National Lampoons Vacation"

20. Cindy Crawford

Actress | Fair Game

Cindy Crawford was born on February 20, 1966 in DeKalb, Illinois, USA as Cynthia Ann Crawford. She is an actress, known for Fair Game (1995), 54 (1998) and Cougar Town (2009). She has been married to Rande Gerber since May 29, 1998. They have two children. She was previously married to Richard Gere.

Model. Acted in "Fair Game" (1995)

21. Claudia Schiffer

Actress | Love Actually

Claudia Schiffer was born on August 25, 1970 in Rheinberg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. She is an actress and producer, known for Love Actually (2003), Zoolander (2001) and Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014). She has been married to Matthew Vaughn since May 25, 2002. They have three children.

Model. Cameo in "Love Actually"

22. Gisele Bündchen

Actress | Taxi

It was in 1994 when Gisele Bundchen was discovered at age 14 in a Brazilian fashion mall, and now she is "the" most famous face in the business. Since then, Gisele has graced the covers of countless magazines as any other model in the history, including Rolling Stone, Time, Forbes, Newsweek and all...

Model. Acted in "Taxi"

23. Natalie Imbruglia

Actress | Johnny English

Natalie Jane Imbruglia was born on Tuesday, February 4, 1975, in Sydney, Australia, to Maxene (Anderson) and Elliot Imbruglia. Her father is Sicilain (from Lipari) and her mother has English, Scottish, Welsh, and Irish ancestry. She grew up in a small beach town on the New South Wales coast called ...

Music. Acted in "Johnny English"

24. Delta Goodrem

Actress | Neighbours

Delta Goodrem was born on the 9th of November, 1984 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Her parents are Lea and Denis Goodrem. She has a younger brother, Trent. Delta began singing and writing at a young age and made some guest appearances in various TV commercials and the Australian TV shows ...

Music. Started acting in "Neighbours"

25. Tina Turner

Soundtrack | Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

After almost fifty years in the music business, Tina Turner has become one of the most commercially-successful international female rock stars to date. Her sultry, powerful voice, her incredible legs, her time-tested beauty and her unforgettable story all contribute to her legendary status.

Tina ...

Music. Acted in "Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome"

26. Michael Jackson

Soundtrack | Michael Jackson: Thriller

Michael Joseph Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana on August 29, 1958, and entertained audiences nearly his entire life. His father, Joe Jackson (no relation to Joe Jackson, also a musician), had been a guitarist, but was forced to give up his musical ambitions following his marriage to Katherine ...

Music. Acted in "The Wiz"

27. Christina Amphlett

Soundtrack | Sixteen Candles

Christina Amphlett was born on October 25, 1959 in Geelong, Victoria, Australia as Christina Joy Amphlett. She was married to Charlie Drayton. She died on April 21, 2013 in New York City, New York, USA.

Music. Acted in "Monkey Grip"

28. Emily Ratajkowski

Actress | We Are Your Friends

Emily O'Hara Ratajkowski was born in London, England, to American parents, Kathleen (Balgley), a professor, and John David Ratajkowski, a painter. She is of British Isles, German, Polish, and Jewish ancestry. Emily was raised in Encinitas, California, near San Diego. She traveled a lot, and also ...

Model famous for the "Blurred Lines" music film clip. Acted in "Gone Girl"

29. Natalie Bassingthwaighte

Actress | Neighbours

Natalie Bassingthwaighte is one of Australia's most versatile entertainers and has achieved significant success as an actress, musician, presenter and author. She is returning for a second season in the role of Mentor on Channel Seven's The X Factor Australia.

Natalie's premiere solo album 1000 ...

Music. Started Acting in "Neighbours"

30. Will Young

Actor | Mrs Henderson Presents

Has a twin brother called Rupert and an older sister, Emma. William's mother, Annabel, runs a market garden and lives with his father, Robin, a business man. He represented his school, Wellington College, in rugby, football, basketball, athletics, long jump and triple jump. William went to Exeter ...

Music. Acted in "Mrs Henderson Presents"

31. Tyra Banks

Actress | Coyote Ugly

Tyra Banks was born on December 4, 1973 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Tyra Lynne Banks. She is a producer and writer, known for Coyote Ugly (2000), America's Next Top Model (2003) and Tropic Thunder (2008).

Model. Acted in "Coyote Ugly"

32. Keith Richards

Actor | Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Keith Richards is an internationally recognized iconic figure in contemporary culture and popular music as a singer, guitar player, songwriter, film actor, and public figure. He was voted 10th greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine, and was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of ...

Music. Acted in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.

33. David Bowie

Soundtrack | Labyrinth

David Bowie was one of the most influential and prolific writers and performers of popular music, but he was much more than that; he was also an accomplished actor, a mime and an intellectual, as well as an art lover whose appreciation and knowledge of it had led to him amassing one of the biggest ...

Music - acted in "Labyrinth"

34. Sting

Soundtrack | The Emperor's New Groove

Sting was born Gordon Matthew Sumner on 2 October, 1951 in Wallsend, North Tyneside, Tyne and Wear, England, the eldest of four children of Audrey (Cowell), a hairdresser, and Ernest Matthew Sumner, an engineer and milkman. He received his name from a striped sweater he wore which looked like a bee...

Music - Acted in "Dune" and other films

35. Megan Gale

Actress | Mad Max: Fury Road

Megan Kate Gale is an Australian model, brand ambassador, fashion designer and actress. Born in Perth, Western Australia, Gale won a modeling competition at 18 in her home town. In 1999, she was cast in a series of advertisements for Italian telecommunications company Omnitel. This led to wide ...

Model - acted in "Mad Max: Fury Road"

36. Katarina Witt

Actress | Ronin

Katarina Witt was born on December 3, 1965 in East Berlin, East Germany. She is an actress and producer, known for Ronin (1998), Jerry Maguire (1996) and Carmen on Ice (1990).

Skater. Has acted in Ronin

37. Dennis Rodman

Actor | Double Team

Dennis Rodman was born on May 13, 1961 in Trenton, New Jersey, USA as Dennis Keith Rodman. He is an actor, known for Double Team (1997), Simon Sez (1999) and B*A*P*S (1997). He was previously married to Michelle Moyer, Carmen Electra and Annie Bakes.

Basketball. Acted in Double Team.

38. Shaquille O'Neal

Actor | Steel

Shaquille O'Neal is regarded as one of the most dominant athletes and arguably the most gregarious personality in sports history. He wrote an autobiography (Shaq Talks Back), preserves an online presence for his fan base and produced a number of albums (Biological Didn't Bother, Shaq-Fu: Da Return,...

Basketball. Acted in Blue Chips.

39. Harry Connick Jr.

Actor | The Iron Giant

Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Jr. was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is the son of Anita Frances (Levy), a lawyer and judge, and Harry Connick, Sr. (Joseph Harry Fowler Connick), who served as District Attorney of New Orleans from 1973 to 2003. His father is of Irish, English, and German ...

Music. Acted in Independence Day.

40. Dave Bautista

Actor | Guardians of the Galaxy

David Michael Bautista, Jr. was born on January 18, 1969 in Washington, D.C., to Donna Raye (Mullins) and David Michael Bautista, a hairdresser. His father is Filipino, and his mother has Greek ancestry.

When WCW officials told him he'd never make it in sports entertainment, Bautista pushed himself ...

Wrestler. Acted in Gaudians of the Galaxy.

41. Taylor Swift

Soundtrack | Taylor Swift: Bad Blood

Taylor Alison Swift is a multi-Grammy award-winning American singer/songwriter who, in 2010 at the age of 20, became the youngest artist in history to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. In 2011 Swift was named Billboard's Woman of the Year. She also has been named the American Music Awards...

Music. Acted in "The Giver"

42. Serena Williams

Actress | Pixels

Serena Williams, is one of the top female tennis player in the world, has always maintained a level of interest. She earned her first grand slam singles title at the U.S. Open back in 1999, and made a string of four straight grand slam singles title wins - the 2002 French, Wimbledon, and U.S. Open ...

Tennis. Acted in ER.

43. Lucia Rijker

Actress | Million Dollar Baby

Lucia Rijker was born on December 7, 1967 in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands as Lucia Frederica Rijker. She is an actress and producer, known for Million Dollar Baby (2004), Star Trek (2009) and JAG (1995).

Boxer. Acted in Million Dollar Baby.



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