Top 5 Classic Rockers Turned Actors


For some especially charismatic rock stars, making the leap to acting is a natural progression. Whether it’s on the big or small screen (and whether the end result is bizarre or brilliant) it’s fun to see what projects these music icons decide to take on next.  Without further ado, and in no particular order, we present the Top 5 Classic Rockers Turned Actors.

1. David Bowie

One of the most theatrical and versatile performers ever, it’s no wonder that the Thin White Duke is included in this list.  He starred in cult classics like 1976’s The Man Who Fell To Earth, 1986’s Labyrinth, and 1992’s Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, among others.  After a heart attack in 2004 sidelined Bowie from music, he returned to the silver screen instead, appearing as Nikola Tesla in 2006’s The Prestige and playing numerous guest spots on TV.  He even played a three month stint as the Elephant Man on Broadway in 1977! 


2. Roger Daltrey

Apart from fronting The Who, Roger Daltrey has all but made a second career out of acting. He began as the lead in the 1975 rock opera Tommy, based off The Who’s album of the same name, and has been acting in projects steadily ever since.  He’s had recurring roles on TV series like Buddy, Highlander, and Rude Awakening, and has even appeared on That 70’s Show and CSI most recently. 

3. Mick Jagger

As the charismatic frontman for The Stones, it makes sense that Jagger would try his hand at acting. Notably, he has acted opposite Anjelica Huston and Julianna Margulies in 2001’s The Man From Elysian Fields, opposite Emilio Estevez in 1992’s Freejack, and opposite Clive Owen in 1997’s Bent.  Most recently, Jagger hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live in 2012.


4. Iggy Pop

Many may not realize it, but Iggy Pop of The Stooges fame has also tried his hand at acting once or twice.  His diverse film credits include 1990’s Cry-Baby, 1995’s Dead Man, 2000’s Snow Day, and he even played “La Conscience” in the 2012 French animated film L’Étoile Du Jour.  Watch Iggy and fellow music legend Tom Waits do a scene from the 2003 film Coffee and Cigarettes below.


5. Meatloaf

Meat Loaf, aka Marvin Lee Aday, is perhaps as well-known as a thespian as he is a rocker.  He got his start in acting on the stage, appearing in productions of the musicals Hair and As You Like It in 1967.  The man who “would do anything for love” made his film debut in the 1975 classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show and went on to appear in movies like 1986’s Out Of Bounds, 1987’s The Squeeze with Michael Keaton, 1992’s Wayne’s World, and 1999’s Fight Club.  On the small screen, his credits include HBO’s Tales From The Crypt, House, and Monk, among many others.  

*All references are taken from IMDB or YouTube clips.

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