1. Bruce Willis

The well-known action Hollywood star is known for his love for blues. Willis has released 3 albums already and got a good critical reception as well as guest appearance in many soundtracks, but the most highlighted one was in 2008 ‘Free Willis’, which was featured in Blues Traveler’s album, North Hollywood Shootout.

2. Johnny Depp

It’s widely known about Depp that he is a very good guitarist and has performed with many rock icons on stage. For recordings, he played slide guitar in ‘Fade In-Out’ by Oasis in their album Be Here Now and ‘I Put a Spell on You’ by Shane MacGowan and many else. Also he was a member of the short-lived alternative rock band, P as the band released only a self-titled album.

3. Clint Eastwood

Away from the legendary Eastwood film production and giant acting career, he was also fond of jazz, blues and classic R&B in addition to that, his love to play piano and composing many scores for films like; Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Flags of Our Fathers, Grace Is Gone, Changeling and many else. As well as many piano original compositions such as: In the Line of Fire. Eastwood have received many international music awards and awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from the Berklee College of Music at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

4. Hugh Laurie

He has two albums, which I am really in love with. He sings and plays piano, guitar, drums, harmonica and saxophone. His debut album Let Them Talk was strictly a blues album but he preferred to have his second one Didn’t It Rain to vary from R&B, blues, and jazz and tango styles.

5. Christopher Lee
Sir Christopher Lee is the legendary film star that has a huge resume with notable works since mid-40s. In the 70s and Lee started to get involved with music industry as Guest appearances like: The Wicker Man soundtrack, The Rocky Horror Show and Manowar‘s eleventh studio album Battle Hymns MMXI in addition to that he released 4 albums, 3 EPs, 3 singles and several works with Rhapsody of Fire (formerly Rhapsody). In 2010 He was honoured with the “Spirit of Metal” award within the Metal Hammer Golden God awards ceremony.

6. Jared Leto 
It’s surprising that not many know that he is 30 Seconds to Mars lead singer, aside from being a good singer, he is also a songwriter and director, as well as playing guitars, bass guitar, piano and keyboards.
  

7. Russell Crowe
Crowe started his singing career earlier than filming. In the 80s, he recorded ‘I Want To Be Like Marlon Brando’ and in the same era, he formed a band called Roman Antix, which later in the 90s evolved into the Australian rock band Odd Foot of Grunts (TOFOG), but disbanded in 2005. However, in the same year, he formed a band Russell Crowe & The Ordinary Fear of God that includes some members of his previous musical group and still active till now.
 

8. Jack Black
Believe me when I tell you that some don’t know that he is a musician even! In 1994 Jack Black and Kyle Gass formed the comedy rock band Tenacious D, they released 3 albums and got an international fame especially after their film The Pick of Destiny in 2006. The movie featured rock icons like Ronnie James Dio, Meat Loaf and Dave Grohl.

9. Robert Downey, Jr
It may surprise you that the Iron Man sings, plays piano and keyboards. Downey sung in several soundtracks in his films. In 2004, he released an album called The Futurist, which nailed fine critical reviews by AllMusic, USA Today and Barnes & Nobles, the albums was mainly jazz and folk styles. 

10. Keanu Reeves

In the early 90s he started playing bass guitar with the grunge band, Dogstar. They released one EP and two albums and disbanded by 2002.  

11. Jamie Foxx

Come-on! Even if he is a hip-hop artist we cannot deny that he played an extraordinary role in the bibliographic film for the legendary Ray Charles. Foxx is really unique about his choices even in the hip-hop works, really, hard to call it cheap or commercial!

12. Ryan Gosling

Actually, Ryan is from the rock duo band Dead Man’s Bones. The band have released a self-titled album in 2009 and the album was in collaboration with the Silverlake Conservatory Children’s Choir – which was co-founded in 2001 by the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea. 

13. Zooey Deschanel

As she managed to start her cinematic career at a very young age, she is also into making sound tracks as she did for films like: Elf, Yes Man, (500) Days of Summer, besides appearance in many albums for artists and bands, the latest was in FALLINLOVE2NITE by Prince.

14. Kevin Bacon
With a quite long film career since early the 70s, he formed a band with his brother and called it The Bacon Brothers. The band plays country and folk rock since mid-90s till now, and released 8 albums.

15. Michael Pitt
Michael is the singer and guitarist of the alternative-grunge band Pagoda. The band released one demo and two albums.

And to be continued…

Written by: Mena Ezzat
Edited by: NJ Bakr

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