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Elmore’s Favorite Musician Cameos

Sometimes musicians just canimages‘t get enough of the spotlight. If the stage isn’t enough, they might head over to the big screens. Sometimes they just pop in for a quick cameo, and sometimes they’ll really catch the acting bug and snag themselves full credited roles. For you music fans and film buffs alike, here are our favorite musician cameos and appearances. 


Green DayThe Simpsons Movie (2007)

Role: Green Day


The ClashThe King of Comedy (1982)

Role: Street scum


Bo DiddleyTrading Places (1983)

Role: Pawnbroker


Lou ReedGet Crazy (1983)

Role: Auden


FleaBack to the Future II (1989), Back to the Future III (1990), Psycho (1998), The Big Lebowski (1998), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

Role: Needles, Douglas J. Needles, Bob Summerfield, Nihilist #2, Musician


The OffspringIdle Hands(1999)

Role: The Offspring


Dave GrohlThe Muppets(2011)

Role: Animool


Chester BenningtonSaw 3D: The Final Chapter (2010)

Role: Evan


Ozzy OsbourneLittle Nicky(2000)

Role: Ozzy Osbourne


Alice CooperWayne’s World (1992)

Role: Alice Cooper


Lyle LovettThe New Guy (2002), Psycho (1998), Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)

Role: Bear, Road Person, Lyle Lovett


Steve VaiCrossroads (1986)

Role: Jack Butler


Nancy WilsonFast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

Role: Beautiful Girl in Car


Glenn FreyJerry Maguire (1996)

Role: Dennis Wilburn


Anthony KiedisPoint Break (1991)

Role: Tone


Keith RichardsPirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

Role: Captain Teague


Bruce SpringsteenHigh Fidelity (2000)

Role: Bruce Springsteen


Miles Davis—Scrooged (1988)

Role: Street Musician


Aimee MannThe Big Lebowski (1998)

Role: Nihilist Woman, Franz’s girlfriend


StingQuadrophenia (1979), Dune (1984)

Role: Ace Face, Feyd Rautha


Norah JonesTwo Weeks Notice (2002), Ted (2012)

Role: Norah Jones


Twisted SisterPee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)

Role: Twisted Sister


Phil CollinsHook (1991)

Role: Inspector Good


Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in ChainsSingles (1992)



BonoAcross the Universe (2007)

Role: Dr. Robert


Chris Martin, Jon BucklandShaun of the Dead (2004)

Role: Chris Martin, Jon Buckland


Oingo BoingoBack to School (1986)

Role: Oingo Boingo


David BowieLabyrinth (1986), Zoolander (2001)

Role: Jareth the Goblin King, David Bowie


Wilson PhillipsBridesmaids (2011)

Role: Wilson Phillips


Davy JonesThe Brady Bunch Movie (1995)

Role: Davy Jones


Alanis MorissetteDogma (1991)

Role: God


James BrownThe Blues Brothers (1980), Rocky IV (1985), Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)

Role: Reverend Cleophus James, The Godfather of Soul, Cleophus James


Frank Beard, Billy GibbonsBack to the Future: Part III (1990)



Billy IdolThe Wedding Singer (1998)

Role: Billy Idol


Iggy PopDead Man (1995)

Role: Salvatore “Sally” Jenko


Tom PettyThe Postman (1997)

Role: Bridge City Mayor


Jack WhiteCold Mountain (2003), Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)

Role: Georgia, Elvis Presley


Elvis Costello, Burt BacharachAustin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)

Role: Elvis Costello, Burt Bacharach


George HarrisonLife of Brian (1979)

Role: Mr. Papadopolous (uncredited)


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