Notable Actors and Actresses is Music Videos – Part I


So, I’ve kind of been on a music video kick lately, ruminating about how it’s a lost art form and whatnot, and I started thinking about notable actors and actresses that have appeared in music videos.  I realized that there are actually a lot.  I mean, of course music videos that feature a narrative have actors, but I was thinking about, you know, movie or television stars.  I managed to find quite few videos that had cameos of famous actors and actresses, some of which are kind of recent, and others that are blasts from the past.  Because there were so many, I split this up into two parts.  After the jump, check out 11 music videos that feature famous actors or actresses, and be sure to check in tomorrow for Part II.  Keep in mind that I avoided videos that were from movie soundtracks, so no Danny DeVito in Billy Ocean’s “When the Going Gets Tough” or anything like that.  Enjoy.

Stephen Dorff – Everytime by Britney Spears


I liked Dorff better when he was fighting the Daywalker.

Alicia Silverstone – Cryin’ by Aerosmith


Alicia was also in the Aerosmith videos for Crazy and Amazing.  Which are really the same song.  Stephen Dorff is in the video for Cryin’, too.

Jennifer Love Hewitt & Mickey Rourke – Hero by Enrique Iglesias


Mickey Rourke was always great as a badass.

Keanu Reeves – Rush, Rush by Paula Abdul


In this video, Keanu is closer to the “Ted” stage of his career than to the “Neo” stage.

Heather Graham – American Woman by Lenny Kravitz


Some people don’t think Heather Graham is all that hot.  I am not one of those people.

Christopher Walken – Weapon of Choice by Fatboy Slim


Classic Walken.

Courtney Cox – Dancing in the Dark by Bruce Springstein


Courtney Cox was also in the video for Counting Crows’ “Long December.”

Kim Basinger – Mary Jane’s Last Dance by Tom Petty


Excellent acting by Kim Basinger in this video; she is very convincing as a corpse.

Chevy Chase – Call Me Al by Paul Simon


It’s near impossible to hear this song and not think of Chevy Chase.

Sarah Michelle Gellar – Sour Girl by Stone Temple Pilots


I’m more of a Melissa Joan Hart guy myself.  I know that I’m in the minority.

Johnny Depp – Into The Great Wide Open by Tom Petty


Tom Petty seems to have a Mad Hatter obsession.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for Part II.

  • Mark

    What about Florence Henderson in Weird Al’s “Amish Paradise”?

    Come on, man.

  • Dorkus Malorkus

    @Mark: I came here to say that!

    Also: That Fatboy Slim video with Walken is just incredible. I’ve always loved that one.

  • Carmen

    Matt Le Blanc is the gut getting tattooed at the end of the Into the Great Wide Open.

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  • Padidas

    Kim Basinger in Tom Petty’s “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”

    Julia Roberts in Dave Matthews Band’s “Dream Girl”

    Kirsten Dunst in Savage Garden’s “I knew I loved you”

  • I worked on two music videos with , Jerry Droz . In both shoots he became the star performer with all cameras focused on him . Later i checked him out on his IMDb site ;

    He was all but deleted from the Guns & Roses video & blurred or darkened was his face in ” nightmare ” by , Avenged Sevenfold .

    If your too good as an Actor in a music video you won’t appear . Actors are not the stars , the Band or its members are . There are no stars in music videos .

  • He played a Doctor / Surgeon along with , M.Shadows in ” nightmare ” and played a Bingo player in , Guns & Roses video shoot entitled ” Flatline ” .
    Check him out on his Internet Movie Data Base ( IMDb ) site ;

  • Dave

    I made a list about a year ago, and just found it. hope you enjoy

    Eddie Murphy- Remember the time- Michael Jackson
    Courtney Cox- Dancing in the Dark- Boss
    Wesley Snipes- Beat It- Michael Jackson
    Johnny Depp- Into the Great Wide Open-Tom Petty (& HBs)
    Christy Brinkley-Uptown Girl- Billy Joel
    Robin Williams- Dont Worry, Be Happy-
    Chevy Chase- You can call me Al- Paul Simon
    Donald Sutherland- Cloud Busting- Kate Bush
    Kim Basinger-Mary Jane’s last dance- Tom Petty
    Adrien Brodie- A Sort of Fairy Tale- Tori Amos
    Christopher Walken- Weapon of Choice- Fatboy Slim
    Alicia Silverstone- Crying- Aerosmith
    Cpt Lou Albino- Cindi Lauper- Girls just wanna have fun
    Juliet Lewis- Come to my Window- Melissa Etheridge

  • Jim

    Angelina Jolie in Meatloaf’s ” Rock and Roll Dreams Come True”

  • Oskar

    Aerosmith used famous actors in almost all their music videos, some of the actors weren’t famous at that time, there’s an example:

    •Hole in my soul:
    Eva Mendez, Seann William Scott, Kristanna Loken (T3), and the 2 principal characters i know are famous, but don’t remember their names.

    •Fly Away From Here:
    Jessica Biel


  • rick

    wesley snipes was not in “beat it”

  • Dan

    How about Zooey Deschanel in The Offspring “She’s Got Issues” and Jeremy Renner in Pink “Trouble” and for that matter Eva mendez in Will Smith’s Miami video