Top 10 Actors Who Moonlight as MusiciansThese actors also make (made) music. We take into account their achievements as actors (movies, roles) and as musicians (albums, live shows).
The Top Ten Actors Who Moonlight as Musicians
Band - Dogstar
Genre - grunge / alternative rock
He was a bassist from 1991 to 2002. The band released 2 albums and an EP, played live worldwide, opened for Bon Jovi and David Bowie. In 1999 they performed at the Glastonbury Festival, UK. Weezer and Rancid were Dogstar's opening acts.
The band appeared in two movies: Ellie Parker and Me and Will.
Reeves left the band in 2002 because of his working schedule but still jams with them.
Band - Band From T.V., solo
Band from T.V. is a charity cover band whose members are all actors from American T.V. series. They donate the proceeds to charities of their choice. They had world tours.
Hugh Laurie sings and plays keyboards.
He also has a solo career and released a solo album (jazz, blues).
Band - Tenacious D
Band - She & Him
Band - Wicked Wisdom
Genre - Hardcore, Metal
Her band opened for Britney Spears in 2004, played at Ozzfest in 2005, and released an album in 2006.
(Jada Pinkett Smith is Will Smith's wife)
Band - Dead Man's Bones (sounds like a death metal band but isn't)
Genre - Gosling described it as "light goth music". Wiki listed these genres: indie rock, folk rock, gothic rock, dark wave.
He provides: vocals, piano, guitar, bass, cello.
It's a duo he formed in 2007 that released one album in 2009. Rolling Stone described it as "Arcade Fire, Tom Waits and the cast of Sesame Street performing a Kurt Weill musical".
In 2010, they released two music videos for tracks: "Dead Hearts" and "Pa Pa Power".
One of their songs played on a Paris runway.
Their songs are love stories about ghosts and monsters (explains the bandname).
They are still active.
Band - Seona Dancing
Genre - British new wave
He was the singer and lyricist.
But it was long ago, in the early 80s when Ricky Gervais was in this duo. Their music was kinda Bowie-esque.
The band recorded a demo tape with 16 songs. They weren't successful but their single "More to Lose" (1983) went on to become a teen anthem in the Philippines (! ). After their 2nd single "Bitter Heart" (1983) the band split up in 1984.
An unofficial CD was released in 2005 compiling all of their songs.
Bands - The Rentals, Princess
Genre - rock.
The Rentals is fronted by vocalist Matt Sharp, the former bassist for Weezer.
Maya Rudolph of Saturday Night Live was a backing singer for this band (1995-99) and briefly a keyboardist. She also toured with them but for a short time.
She is in a Prince cover band called Princess.
Band - Dogstar.
He was the drummer for the rock band where Keanu Reeves was a bassist (see item Keanu Reeves).
Mailhouse is a T.V. actor who has appeared in the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives, as well as Seinfeld.
He's a country singer and plays guitar - he released his debut album in 2016 (Down In A Hole)
Some songs are available on YT
Not a very famous actor compared to some names above but he plays for 2 bands!
- The Honey Brothers (new wave folk, drums since 2002)
- Kid Friendly (vocals).
He tours with these bands.
Only an honorable mention because he isn't a permanent member - he just hepls when they need a bassist.
band - Mister Heavenly
Mister Heavenly is an indie supergroup.
In 1978 he released King Tut - a novelty song (sold over a million copies).
He also released albums, one of them was A Wild and Crazy Guy (1978) that reached number two on Billboard's Pop Albums Chart.