The sexy "Lost In Translation" actress attempted to take on the grizzly-voiced legend Tom Waits in 2008 with a cover album titled "Anywhere I Lay My Head." Even after an underwhelming response to her Waits covers, Johansson teamed with singer-songwriter Pete Yorn on "Break Up," a collaborative album inspired by Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot just a year later. She continues to contribute vocals to miscellaneous, mostly small scale projects.
"Diner" proved Kevin Bacon could act; "Footloose" showed he could dance; and the Bacon Brothers shows the Oscar-nominated entertainer can sing, too. A slew of albums and a duet with the Bellamy Brothers later, the Brothers Bacon are still rocking out with country-tinged jams.
For years, Jared Leto was most know for being the gorgeous, clueless Jordan Catalano on the short-lived, but much beloved mid-'90s teen drama "My So-Called Life." But even while he was projecting his angst on the sound stage, Leto's real aspiration was to take his talent to the music stage. The same year MSCL was cancelled, Leto formed alt-rock band 30 Seconds to Mars, who rose to platinum prominence with their 2005 album "A Beautiful Lie" and are currently prepping a so-far untitled fourth LP. While the band has been successfull, Leto has not turned his back on acting. He's appeared in several films over years, including 2007's "Chapter 27," where he portrayed John Lennon killer Mark David Chapman.
William Shatner is a man of many talents: "Star Trek" alum, the "Priceline Negotiator," and most important for our purposes, speak-singer extraordinaire. Shatner's distinct take on hit songs dates back to 1968, when he released his first album, "The Transformed Man." His rendition of Bob Dylan's "Tambourine Man" remains a cult classic, trailed closely by his version of Elton John's "Rocket Man." Check him out here, recently nailing Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse Of The Heart."
Consider us completely unsurprised that the "500 Days of Summer" actress and the star of FOX's "The New Girl,", who looks like a hipster Katy Perry, is in an indie rock band. She & Him, Deschanel's collaboration with folk guitar hero M. Ward, has given the world three delightfully retro records since 2008, including a Christmas album in 2011. Their third non-holiday offering, titled "Volume 3," is due May 7 via Merge.
Considering his success with "mock rock" duo Tenacious D, Jack Black is more-than qualified for his numerous film roles as a musician ("School of Rock," "High Fidelity," "The Holiday"). His collaboration with Kyle Gass has spawned notable frat-boy anthems including "Tribute" and "Wonderboy" -- but more importantly, several truly epic music videos that will go down in history, including "Kickapoo" (which you can watch here), which features rocker Meatloaf.
When Bruce Willis released his covers album "The Return of Bruno" on Motown Records in 1987, we had no idea Bruno had gone anywhere -- mostly just because we were still collectively scratching our head over who Bruno was. But as we saw, nothing can keep Bruce -- or his R&B alter-ego, Bruno -- away from the music. Well, except a mega-successful film career.
Years before LiLo's Hollywood misbehaving became front-page fodder for tabloids, she was a budding teen actress who longed to channel her movie-star status into pop gold. After recording a few songs for movie soundtracks, Lohan made her first real attempt at the charts with 2004's platinum-selling "Speak," which included several songs co-written by American Idol alum Kara DioGuardi. A second album, "A Little More Personal," followed in 2005 that included the No. 1 dance single "Bossy."
While Keanu Reeves' alt-rock band Dogstar will never live up to his film legacy of "The Matrix" and "Speed" -- we'll never forget one of his earliest major roles was as an aspiring rocker (Wylde Stallyns!) in 1989's "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" -- the bassist gave his music career a chance in the 1990s and early 2000s with two albums and an opening slot for Bon Jovi. If nothing else, Dogstar gave nerd-rockers Weezer their first show ever, as their opener at a 1992 Dogstar show in L.A.
Bowling may have been The Dude's thing in Jeff Bridges' famous "The Big Lebowski" role, but one of the actor's many hobbies includes dabbling in music and touring when he can. His musical abilities have aided him in certain roles, most notably as a country singer in "Crazy Heart," and he also appeared on the 2010 remake of "We Are the World."