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BEST ACTING BY NON-ACTORS

In film on January 2, 2014 at 3:23 am

By that I mean notable performances by performers primarily from another field. Here are some that come to mind, listed roughly in descending order of quality of performance with their preferred specialties in parentheses.

 

Orson Welles (film director) — Citizen Kane (1941), The Third Man (1949), Touch of Evil (1958)

Frank Sinatra (jazz singer) — The Man With the Golden Arm (1956), The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

Gene Kelly (modern dancer) — The Cross of Lorraine (1943), The Black Hand (1950)

Paul Robeson (opera singer/law student) — The Emperor Jones (1933)

Judy Garland (jazz singer) — A Star is Born (1954), Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

Eartha Kitt (torch singer, dancer) — Anna Lucasta (1959)

Bing Crosby (crooner) — The Country Girl (1955)

Cyd Charisse (dancer) — Party Girl (1958)

Rita Hayworth (dancer) — Lady From Shanghai (1948), Separate Tables (1958)

Fred MacMurray (saxophonist) — Double Indemnity (1944), The Caine Mutiny (1954)

Desi Arnaz (big band leader) — The Long, Long Trailer (1954)

Harry Connick Jr (jazz singer) — Copycat (1995)

Max Baer (world heavyweight boxing champion) — The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933)

Robert Taylor (movie star) — Devil’s Doorway (1950), Rogue Cop (1954)

Harry Belafonte (singer) — The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959)

Moira Shearer (ballerina) — The Red Shoes (1948)

Howard Keel (bass-baritone) — Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (1954)

Russ Tamblyn (dancer) — Tom Thumb (1958)

Cher (foghorn) — Tea With Mussolini (1999)

Diana Ross (singer) — Lady Sings the Blues (1973)

Victor Mature (golfer) — My Darling Clementine (1946)

Dorothy Dandridge (dancer, singer) — Carmen Jones (1954)

Jim Brown (footballer) — Tick… Tick… Tick (1970)

Doris Day (singer) — Storm Warning (1950)

Tommy Sands (teen idol) — Bonanza (1965)

Lauren Bacall (model) — To Have and Have Not (1944)

Richie Andrusco (little kid) — The Little Fugitive (1953)

Tippi Hedren (model) — The Birds (1963)

Julie Andrews (singer) — Torn Curtain (1966)

Arnold Schwarzenegger (bodybuilder) — Kindergarten Cop (1990)  

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