11 Celebrities Who Are Multi-Talented ...

Shannon

I've always been in awe of celebrities who are multi-talented. I guess that happens when your only talents include burping the alphabet and winning your college's Pig-Latin poetry contest (“Eshay alksway inay eautybay ikelay ethay ightnay...” Forgive me, Lord Byron.) All kidding aside, I love it when I learn that an entertainer I like is talented in another part of the industry. To that end, here are some of my favorites. I can't even begin to imagine how hard celebrities who are multi-talented have to work to manage careers like theirs but, in these cases, the effort really pays off.

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Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake I'll admit I wasn't much of a fan of 'N SYNC, but Justin tops my list of celebrities who are multi-talented. For one, he can sing and dance circles around a lot of other acts around today. He's funny (check him out on SNL), he's a good actor, he's hot (so he'd make a great model)...what more can you ask for? I love how he makes fun of himself; a sense of humor is a must for me.

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Prince

Prince To say this Grammy and Oscar (yes, you read that right) winner is multi-talented is an understatement. The man has directed, produced music for himself and others, choreographed, played guitar, sang, danced, taught himself how to play several musical instruments-what can I say, the man is amazing. “Chappelle's Show” once had a skit about him playing basketball, and I wouldn't be surprised if he could do that too. In fact, I think he did...in high school, anyway. I don't know.

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Prince, born Prince Rogers Nelson, was a prolific American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor. He rose to fame in the late 1970s with his unique blend of funk, rock, and R&B music. In addition to his incredible musical talents, Prince was also known for his skills in directing, producing, and choreographing. He was a self-taught musician who could play over 27 instruments, including the guitar, piano, and drums. He also wrote and produced music for other artists, including hits like "Nothing Compares 2 U" for Sinead O'Connor. Prince's talents extended beyond music as he made appearances in films such as "Purple Rain" and "Under the Cherry Moon." He was truly a multi-talented artist who left a lasting impact on the entertainment industry.

3

Ron Howard

Ron Howard If I were to list all of his accomplishments in writing, acting and directing, I'd be here all day. Instead, I'll let IMDb do it. Maybe this is rude of me, but I think it's hilarious how Finn and Hodgins call each other “Opie” and “Thurston” on “Bones.” It's a good name for that hot sauce they made. If it's anywhere near as hot as they are, it should be a big hit.

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Ron Howard is one of Hollywood's most versatile and successful figures, with a career that spans over 50 years. He began as a child actor, playing the lovable Opie on "The Andy Griffith Show," and has since become an acclaimed director, producer, and screenwriter. Howard has directed over 30 films, including box office hits like "Apollo 13," "A Beautiful Mind," and "The Da Vinci Code." He has also won numerous awards, including two Oscars and four Emmys. In addition to his work in film, Howard is also a successful television producer, with hits like "Arrested Development" and "Parenthood" under his belt. He continues to be a major force in the entertainment industry and is highly respected by his peers for his talent and versatility.

4

Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy Say what you want about "Party all The Time," but Eddie Murphy actually isn't a bad singer. He did a short rendition of “I'm a Believer” at the end of Shrek (the DVD version, anyway), and it didn't suck. I absolutely love the way he does multiple characters in most of his movies. He wrote, acted in and directed “Harlem Nights,” as well as being a writer and cast member on “Saturday Night Live” in the early '80s. His stand-up can be rather, um, gritty, but at least it's one talent out of many.

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Eddie Murphy is not only a talented actor, but he also has a knack for singing and stand-up comedy. He rose to fame as a cast member on "Saturday Night Live" and went on to star in numerous successful films such as "Beverly Hills Cop" and "The Nutty Professor." In addition to acting, Murphy has also written and directed films, including "Harlem Nights." He has released several music albums, showcasing his singing abilities, and has even earned a Grammy nomination. Murphy's versatility and comedic timing have solidified him as a multi-talented entertainer in Hollywood.

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Penny Marshall

Penny Marshall A lot of us know her for directing “A League of Their Own” and “Riding in Cars with Boys,” but she did a good bit of acting in the '70s and early 80s. She played Laverne DeFazio in both “Happy Days” and “Laverne & Shirley,” as well as having parts in “The Odd Couple” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” Whether we were around to see them or not, these shows (and the character Laverne) are among the most iconic of their time. I love reading about women who have come as far as she has in a world many consider to be geared toward men.

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Penny Marshall was not only a successful actress and director, but she also made history as the first female director to have a film gross over $100 million with "Big" in 1988. She continued to break barriers in the male-dominated entertainment industry with her directing credits including "Awakenings" and "A League of Their Own," which remains a beloved classic. Marshall also had a successful career as a producer, working on shows such as "According to Jim" and "Cinderella Man." She was a trailblazer for women in Hollywood and will always be remembered for her talent and contributions to the industry.

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Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul Many of us know her from “American Idol,” but I heard about her in the late '80s-early '90s as a singer, dancer and choreographer. If I remember correctly, she did a lot of choreography for Janet Jackson before coming out with her first solo album. The video for “Cold-Hearted Snake” showcases all of these talents, but I think I like the “Opposites Attract” video most because of how they incorporated both cartoon and live-action elements in a way that was cute and fun. She was also a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, which I can definitely believe.

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Paula Abdul is a multi-talented performer who rose to fame in the late 1980s and early 1990s. She began her career as a dancer and choreographer, working with artists like Janet Jackson before launching her own singing career. Her hit singles "Cold-Hearted Snake" and "Opposites Attract" showcased her impressive dance skills and choreography. Abdul also made a name for herself as a judge on the popular singing competition show "American Idol." In addition to her talents in music and dance, she was also a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, showcasing her athleticism and stage presence. Today, she continues to be a respected figure in the entertainment industry.

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Patrick Swayze

Patrick Swayze Remember “Dirty Dancing”? That movie was a staple for every fifth-grade slumber party, and for good reason. We kept rewinding the tape to see him get out of bed because there was a glance at his butt. At least, that's what I saw; one girl said she saw his “appendage,” but I'm not sure. He's obviously multi-talented as a dancer and an actor, but what surprised me is that he also sang “She's Like the Wind” for the movie. The man had an amazing voice; apparently he missed his calling.

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Christian Kane

Christian Kane Not only is he wildly attractive in a way I can't put my finger on, he's got a following in both acting and music. On an episode of “Leverage” about a couple of songwriters trying to make it through, he performed “Thinking of You.” He has a very soulful “country” style, one you don't expect from a guy who could beat the crap out of “bad guys” the way he does on that show.

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River Phoenix

River Phoenix When I was doing research for my “Celebrities Who Died Before Their Time” article, I found that River Phoenix had a deeper well of talent than I thought. I'd only seen his acting, but apparently he was quite the musician. He started a band with his sister Rain and some friends called Aleka's Attic. They never released an album. He also wrote and performed the music in “My Own Private Idaho.” I've never seen that movie, so I'll leave it to you to decide what he does best.

10

The Entire Cast of “Chicago”

The Entire Cast of “Chicago” Some actors don't do their own singing, but everyone did in this movie. I knew Queen Latifah could sing because she had a musical background before getting into acting, but I had no idea Catherine Zeta-Jones could sing or dance like that. Ditto Richard Gere. IMDb says that Richard Gere took tap lessons for five months for the part, although he'd done singing and piano work before. It also said that Renee Zellweger had no singing or dance training prior to the film. She must be a quick study, because Roxie Hart was awesome.

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Taylor Lautner

Taylor Lautner This pretty “Twilight” actor kicks ass. Seriously, he literally kicks ass. He won three medals in the World Karate Association competitions, starting at age 8. I know I said multi-talented “in this industry,” but look at this: buzzfeed.com. He's number 22. Remind me not to piss him off.

Like I said before, I love it when I learn that a celebrity I like is talented in more than one area. When you see so many celebrities who don't do anything except be celebrities, it's nice to see people who are famous for the right reasons. Who are some of your favorite multi-talented celebrities? Are there any on my list you disagree with? Whom have I left off? Discuss!

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Where Thoughts and Opinions Converge

Taylor Lautner is amazing

JT is no fake,you bet he is talented

you forget some more people

Chris Brown

Taylor lautner ❤️

Miranda kerr can also be in this list.

Paula Abdul was a LA Lakers cheerleader not a Cowboys cheerleader.

sooooo glad river is on this list!! mopi was flawless and he was a one of a kind actor/person his brother is just as great

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