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Name your favorite musicians-turned-actors



Labyrinthball If you thought our list of the best and worst actors-turned-musicians was painful, then get ready for some true agony. It's time to list the best and worst musicians-turned-actors of the '80s.

Thankfully, I doubt there are as many for this particular list (I'm still reeling from Michael J. Fox's singing in Light of Day). By the way, if you haven't heard that podcast, click here. Because it's the only podcast you're getting this week since Mr. Daly and I took the week off.

In the meantime, you know how this works. Ideally we'd like to see musicians from the '80s who appeared in films in the '80s. We can stretch it a year or two either way when needed. But Liza Minnelli's appearance in Arthur back in 1980 probably doesn't count. We can debate on Will Smith, whose gig as the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air didn't start til 1990.

When we're done with the list, we'll put the top 10 in podcast form. Here are some of the obvious picks:

DAVID BOWIE: Sure, he's been around since the '60s, but Bowie was still cranking out plenty of hits during the '80s. And god help you if you haven't seen Absolute Beginners, Labyrinth, The Hunger, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence and The Last Temptation of Christ. If not, where were you during that decade? (But what was his best and worst performance of that set of movies?) (Trailer video)

Makingwtg3screen MADONNA: You know I'm not giving her top billing. Especially considering her films in the '80s: Desperately Seeking Susan, Who's That Girl?, Shanghai Surprise and Bloodhounds of Broadway. (Trailer video)

PRINCE: Does the Highly Exalted Purple One belong here? After all, he was sorta playing himself in Purple Rain and Under the Cherry Moon. (One scene)

Morris20day20what20time MORRIS DAY: I love Morris. He practically saved Purple Rain single-handedly ("Say the password, onion head!"). But he's also great in Moving. And I'm even willing to grandfather in 1990's The Adventures of Ford Fairlane. Anything for Mr. Day. (The infamous password scene)

BARBRA STREISAND: I own exactly ZERO Streisand albums. In fact, if a gun were held to my head, I couldn't name one. And you'd have to beat the tar out of me to even spring a song title loose. But I'll always remember her in Nuts and Yentl. (Though to me, her best work was 1991's The Prince of Tides.) (Yentl trailer)

Moonstruckcher_l CHER:
I'm going out on a limb here and saying she's a better actress than singer. Just take a look at her '80s portfolio: Mask, Silkwood, The Witches of Eastwick, Suspect and Moonstruck. Sadly, she hasn't made a decent movie since. (Moonstruck trailer)

Okay, so what other musicians-turned-actors are we missing?

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:41pm]


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