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25 Pop Music Stars Who Played Dramatic Roles in Movies

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David Bowie
> Best non-singing movie: Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

In this 1983 Japanese-British war film, Bowie plays a prisoner held in a Japanese POW camp during World War II. Bowie’s character becomes the object of a romantic obsession by the commander of the camp.

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Glen Campbell
> Best non-singing movie: True Grit

In the film that won John Wayne his only Academy Award, singer Campbell’s portrayal of a Texas Ranger was most notable for the lack of acting skill it demonstrated. With little experience as an actor, Campbell was out of his depth in a cast that included Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, and Strother Martin. He did have a hit single with the movie’s theme song, though.

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Cher
> Best non-singing movie: Moonstruck

Cher won a Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Loretta Castorini, a widowed Italian-American woman who falls in love with her fiancé’s estranged, hot-tempered younger brother, played by Nicolas Cage. Cher also won a Golden Globe for the role.

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Harry Connick Jr.
> Best non-singing movie: Hope Floats

This 1998 drama features Connick as Justin Matisse, who strikes up a romance with Birdee Pruitt (Sandra Bullock) after she is embarrassed when her husband’s infidelity is revealed on a national TV talk show.

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Doris Day
> Best non-singing movie: Teacher’s Pet

In this 1958 romantic comedy, Day plays Erica Stone, a college journalism instructor teaching a night class. Thanks to a series of miscues, a newspaper city editor played by Clark Gable enrolls in her class under a fake name. The city editor, who didn’t go to high school, believes that the only place to learn how to be a reporter is in a newsroom. Day, who began her career performing on radio and with big bands, sings the movie’s theme song over the opening credits.