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10 country stars who are also actors

By C. Murph | Monday Monday Staff -    2016-08-24

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Country stars often cross over into the movie and TV world. That’s understandable; being a star on stage is a type of performing, just as acting is a performance.

Well, here are 10 country stars we all know who’ve acted in movies.

Reba McEntire

Everyone knows about her sitcom “Reba,” but she also showed up on Broadway. Go back to 1990 and you’ll see her in the comedy-horror “Tremors.” She also made appearances (actually, her voice did) in “Charlotte’s Web” and “The Fox & the Hound 2.”

Randy Travis

Travis has that deep, sultry voice that works perfectly in a movie. He’s been in “Matlock,” “Touched by an Angel,” and even “King of the Hill.” Although he’s won numerous music awards, he has yet to win an award for his acting. Someday, Randy. Someday.

Billy Ray Cyrus

Billy Ray may be living in his daughter’s shadow, strangely enough. His most well-known acting role is as Robbie Ray Stewart, dad of Hannah Montana (aka his daughter Miley Cyrus). But in 2001, Billy Ray got a lot of credit for his role as Gene the pool cleaner in “Mulholland Drive.” He also got to act alongside Jackie Chan in “The Spy Next Door.”

Trace Adkins

Back in 1987, Adkins appeared in the film “Square Dance” as a member of the Bayou Band. Then he disappeared from the movie world for 21 years. In 2008, he reappeared in “Trailer Park of Terror” and “An American Carol.” Just to add a cherry on top of all of his acting roles, he appeared on The Apprecntice hosted by Donald Trump.

Elvis Presley

Although “Harum Scarum” may not have been the King’s finest moment in show biz, he did end up doing okay for himself as an actor. He appeared in the films “Love Me Tender,” “King Creole,” and the hit amped “Jailhouse Rock.” The movie business may not have treated him very well, but fortunately, music seemed to have worked out for him.

Willie Nelson

In “Electric Horseman,” Nelson got to act alongside the greats Jane Fonda and Robert Redford. He also made an appearance in “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,” and “Dukes of Hazzard” as Uncle Jessie. Willie Nelson has that grandpa sort of feel yet with just enough cool factor to pull of the whole acting thing.

Dolly Parton

Parton tends to stick to roles where she plays herself. She first showed up in “9 to 5,” one of the biggest comedy films ever. That movie is full of easily quotable lines. Like Nelson, she acting next to Jane Fonda as well as Lily Tomlin. Later on, Parton starred in “A Joyful Noise” with Queen Latifah. Dolly has enough flare that she made acting work when it needed to.

Tim McGraw

McGraw has done alright for himself as an actor. He was inspirational in “The Blind Side” and acting alongside George Clooney in the highly anticipated “Tomorrowland.” This Grammy Award winner is one those guys that can do it all.

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C. Murph

C. Murph is a freelance writer who lives in Pennsylvania.

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