24 surprisingly good acting roles by musicians


Elvis Presley in Love Me Tender (1956)

The first entry in a filmography that would stretch to 31 movies across three decades, Elvis’ film debut came in 1956 with Love Me Tender, a musical Western with all songs written and performed by Presley about four brothers who fight for the Confederates in the Civil War. At the time, the fact that—spoiler alert—Presley’s character died at the end of the film was shocking to Elvis-crazy test audiences, and the fact that Elvis’ mother Gladys cried at his death led The King to vow that no character of his would ever die onscreen again. Talk about a vote of confidence… even if it is your mom.