Top 10 Musician Movie Cameos

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Rocks Off has no idea why Mick Jagger might prefer Performance to Ned Kelly.
Over recent years, Rocks Off has been repeatedly surprised by the quality performances of musicians in films. Naturally, there are some duds in the mix; even Mick Jagger himself, who starred in 1970's Ned Kelly, disowned the film by not promoting it or even attending its premiere.

But many high-profile artists have made successful cross-overs to the big screen, including Björk, Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Eminem, Courtney Love, Will Smith, LL Cool J, Mark Wahlberg, Frank Sinatra and our personal favorite, David Bowie in Labyrinth. But what remains intriguing are the musicians who po -up in smaller cameo roles, appearing in entertainingly unforeseen bit parts.

There are many, but here a few of our favorites:

10. Gwen Stefani, The Aviator

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Martin Scorsese's 2004 Howard Hughes biopic was renowned in part for its accurate portrayal of the decades it spanned. Considering the No Doubt front woman looks and dresses like an Old Hollywood starlet to begin with, her casting as Jean Harlow was right on. Harlow, whom Hughes cast in his 1930 war film Hell's Angels, accompanied Hughes to its premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre.


9. Billy Idol, The Wedding Singer; The Doors

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Idol first played the barely memorable role of Jim Morrison's drinking buddy, Cat, in Oliver Stone's 1991 biopic The Doors. But the punk-rocking Brit also had a small, yet more humorous cameo in the 1998 romantic comedy The Wedding Singer, playing a sensitive, insightful first-class passenger who encouraged Adam Sandler's character to go get the girl.


8. André 3000, Semi-Pro

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Shortly after the OutKast singer and producer's cameo in the 2005 sleeper Be Cool, he appeared alongside Will Ferrell and Woody Harrelson in the 2008 screwball comedy Semi-Pro. Inspired by '70s basketball player Julius "Dr. J" Erving, André played the role of the slam-dunkin', afro-sportin' basketball player Clarence "Coffee Black" Withers.


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Pete Vonder Haar
Pete Vonder Haar

Good list. Might I also suggest:

Bruce in High FidelityDavid Bowie in Yellowbeard

Bruiser
Bruiser

Jerry Cantrell as the Kinko's guy in "Singles."

Bruiser
Bruiser

Oops...the Jerry Cantrell cameo was in "Jerry McGuire." But he might've been in "Singles" too...

autumn
autumn

Singles has a lot of cameos. As does Reality Bites.

Nobody
Nobody

Tom Waits in Queens Logic?

bibulb
bibulb

YOU WIN THE INTERNET. MONTY WAS AWESOME.

(Personally, I'm just impressed enough that someone else outside of my circle of friends even knows about this flick. Kudos to you.)

Nobody
Nobody

Thank you, sir/madam. I was surprised the author didn't even bother to do any basic research. While the movie was a sleeper at the box office it was such a great production that most movie buffs have at least seen it.

And Waits did a pretty good job. Though I wonder how much was him just playing himself.

autumn
autumn

Tunde Adebimpe (of TVOTR) did a great job on 'Rachel Getting Married" as the fiance. I really enjoyed it.

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