Here’s a list of ten musicians who became actors later in their careers and have been acclaimed for both. Some are now better known for their acting than their music, some have pursued long careers as double threats, and some are known for taking only bizarre character roles, but all have found success both in the recording booth and in front of the camera.
Cher began her show business career as one half of the popular pop duo Sonny and Cher in the 1960s and then went on to have a highly successful solo career that turned her into a pop music icon. Now Cher is almost as well known for starring roles in films like 1990′s Mermaids and an Oscar-winning role in 1987′s Moonstruck, a romantic comedy co-starring Nicholas Cage about a woman attempting to give love a second chance after losing her first husband. While as of late the star’s cinematic choices have been more high camp than high drama (Stuck on You, Burlesque), Cher had a period as a serious actress during the late ’80s and early ’90s that proved she is capable of more serious art than her pop music career would let on.