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6 Hollywood Actors You Totally Forgot Had Huge Hit Singles

January 14, 2022, 10:40 am

Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman.

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Let’s be honest, we never thought Bradley Cooper would score a number one hit.

But the Hollywood actor did just that with Lady Gaga in 2018 with their duet ‘Shallow’ from the movie A star is born, which he also directed.

But Bradders isn’t the first movie actor to achieve unique success in the music world, and hopefully won’t be the last. Here are a few other people who have made the switch with surprising results:

  1. Bruce Willis


    It’s easy to forget that for a brief period in the late 1980s, Bruce had a fairly successful musical career.

    At the height of his Moonlighting / Die Hard pump, Bruce decided to take his love for blues rock seriously, and his album Bruno’s return was a surprise hit.

    He teamed up with the Pointer Sisters on “Respect Yourself”, and his version of “Under the Boardwalk” reached No. 2 in the UK.

  2. Nicole Kidman

    Not only did Nicole Kidman score a UK hit, but she has a Christmas number one to her name!

    In 2001, she made a duet with Robbie Williams for her Swing when you win album, singing a cover of “Somethin’ Stupid” by Frank and Nancy Sinatra. The song was a huge hit and still makes us feel Christmas.

  3. Kate Winslet

    Kate is one of the UK’s top actresses, but she also had a brief chart career.

    In 2001, she sang that year’s love theme A Christmas Carol animated film, and it was released as a single. It was a top 10 hit in the UK for Kate, and we’re surprised she didn’t at least try an album.

  4. John Travolta


    John reinvented himself so many times in his career that it’s easy to forget he was technically one of the most successful artists of the 1970s.

    Thanks to his appearance as Danny in Fat, John scored several hits from the soundtrack, including two huge number ones with Olivia Newton-John, “Summer Nights” and “You’re the One that I Want”.

  5. patrick swayze

    OK, chances are you won’t forget this one, but we love any excuse to talk about it.

    Patrick co-wrote this classic ballad, which was later used in the soundtrack for dirty dance, and gave him a surprise hit all over the world.

  6. Lee Marvin

    On paper, it sounds so weird. But that was the 1970s for you.

    Hollywood veteran Lee Marvin might not have had the most gifted voice to sing, but his low-pitched chirp on ‘Wand’rin’ Star’ from the Paint your wagon the soundtrack gave it a number one hit in the UK, eschewing The Beatles’ ‘Let It Be’, no less.