Ten Musicians Who Played Other People on TV

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Sebastian Bach on Gilmore Girls
Fictional television shows are full of gimmickry. Some of it is good and some of falls flat. Others are subtle in-jokes. However, it can be interesting when a popular artist appears on a television show because it gives the audience a glimpse into another side of their talent (or lack thereof) that we haven't seen before. Other times, it can inspire an artist to pursue another career. It can even introduce an artist to a new generation and a new audience.

But who did well in their role playing a fictional human being? We shall see.


10. Sheryl Crow as a singing undercover cop on Cop Rock


Before she became known for hits like "If It Makes You Happy" and "My Favorite Mistake," Crow had a rather interesting series of musical odd jobs including a guest-starring role on one of the worst television shows ever to air: Cop Rock. The show itself was a crime drama and a musical -- complete with musical numbers. Crow appeared in the series finale. Luckily, she moved on to bigger and better things.


9. Sebastian Bach as Gil, the frontman of Lane and Zach's band on Gilmore Girls

In a show that mainly focused on the relationship between a middle-class single mom raising her daughter with her overbearing upperclass parents freshly back in their lives, there was the character of Lane and her husband Zach's band, Hep Alien. Gil, a sandwich shop owner, signs on as a guitarist for the band.


8. Joe Jonas as Melanie's son Will on Hot In Cleveland

Jonas brother member/Donny Osmond wannabe Joe Jonas appeared on the TVLand hit sitcom Hot In Cleveland as Melanie's (played by tv veteran Valerie Bertinelli) son Will. Will is somewhat distant from his mom, Melanie, since her divorce from his dad. Melanie keeps trying to get closer to her son but is rebuffed.


7. Reba McEntire as Reba Hart on Reba

Throughout Reba's decade-spanning career, she has been no stranger to taking forays into acting. She co-starred in Tremors with Kevin Bacon in the '80s. She also made many made-for-television movies in the '90s. One of her best acting roles was when she took on the role of Reba Hart, a divorcee that deals with the daily trials and tribulations of her pregnant teenaged daughter, her son-in-law, young son, her rebellious daughter, her ex-husband and Barbara Jean -- the homewrecker who stole Reba's husband.


6. Trisha Yearwood as Lt. Cmdr. Teresa Coulter on JAG

Multiplatinum country star Trisha Yearwood had a recurring role from 1997 to 2001 on the hit television series JAG as a forensic pathologist and navy coroner who develops feelings for Harmon "Harm" Rabb.

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Christina Hildebrand
Christina Hildebrand

there was actually alot of musicians that guest starred on Miami Vice: James Brown, Willie Nelson, Sheena Easton, etc etc.

Claudia Osorio
Claudia Osorio

Perhaps this is not as relevant to the list, but what about Donald Glover from "Community"? Sure, he did the whole actor/writer/comedian thing before he launched his musical career, but his performance persona "Childish Gambino" isn't half bad. "Camp" was actually one of the albums I listened to a lot last fall.

I definitely plan on checking him out when he performs at the House of Blues Houston on April 6th. Already purchased my tickets and everything (the best-priced ones are on LiveNation.com), so I hope he's awesome live. I guess we'll have to wait and see!

Honcho
Honcho

how many shows have Ice-T and LL Cool J been on? 

MASSMURDERMEDIA
MASSMURDERMEDIA

frank zappa played a drug dealer on miami vice...

tom petty was a regular cast member as lucky on king of the hill...

waylon jennings played the balladeer on the dukes of hazzard...

 

Christina Hildebrand
Christina Hildebrand

thats pretty cool that he was on highlander - shows how diverse as both an actor and singer he can be!

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