15 Celebrities Who Play an Instrument

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7. Johnny Depp (Guitar)

Johnny Depp Playing Guitar

Undoubtedly the most versatile actor in Hollywood today, Johnny Depp is a certified A-lister who nails his roles with great perfection. As strange as it may sound, acting was never among Depp’s goals in life.

In fact, the actor quit school at the age of 15 to pursue a career in music. Though he failed to do so despite knowing how to play the guitar, Depp soon found success in acting and used his super-stardom to follow his original dream by occasionally performing.

As a matter of fact, Depp has collaborated with several musicians every now and then including rock band Oasis and Marilyn Manson.


6. Samuel L Jackson (Trumpet)

Samuel L Jackson

Best known for his aggressive vocal performances in Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained, Samuel L Jackson is a great actor but enjoyed quite a time as a musician as well.

Between the third and twelfth grades, the actor used to play the trumpet and the French horn in his school orchestra.


5. Keanu Reeves (Bass Guitar)

Keanu Reeves Can Play Bass Guitar

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Beginning his acting career at the age of 9, life was not at all easy for the Matrix star initially. Before getting his big break, the actor would perform in low budget movies and as a musician on stage.

Keanu Reeves could play the bass guitar and has even performed with the bands Dogstar and Becky. Since acting has always been his true calling, Keanu Reeves worked hard to be recognized as a great actor and indeed he has been successful at it.


4. Ryan Gosling (Cello)

Ryan Gosling Playing Cello

Beginning his career in Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club, Ryan Gosling is a man known for his movies, charity work, dating a few co-stars and of course, music career. With his friend Zach Shields, the actor formed an indie rock duo called Dead Man’s Bones and continues to perform on numerous occasions.

As a multi-instrumentalist, Gosling who performs under the alias Baby Goose can not only sing but also play the guitar, bass guitar, piano, and cello. Despite his schedules as an actor, Gosling still manages to take out some time as a musician to the point of releasing one album with the band.


3. Dr. Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan (Guitar)

Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan Playing Guitar

Apparently, a Pakistani politician has something in common with the rest of the well-known celebrities on the list. Despite graduating from Dow Medical College in Karachi, Dr. Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan’s mettle was in politics and serving the people. He became the youngest person to take up the position of Governor of Sindh and the longest-serving person once he resigned from it.

The politician showed that he knows a thing or two besides medical sciences and politics as he rocked and shocked everyone in the audience by playing an electric guitar to a romantic Bollywood song during the ‘I am Karachi’ Festival in Karachi.


2. Clint Eastwood (Piano)

Clint Eastwood Playing Piano

Nominated for Academy Awards a dozen times and bagging four of them, Clint Eastwood is a living legend in the business. Perhaps the greatest example of actor-turned-director, Eastwood has another talent up his sleeve. Believe it or not, the actor is an accomplished pianist and composer.

The actor has utilized his piano skills to compose several scores of the movies he directed such as Mystic River, Billion Dollar Baby, Hereafter and Changeling. If Eastwood could have taken out time from his hectic schedule of acting and directing, the legend would have probably achieved the same amount of success as a musician.


1. Albert Einstein (Violin)

Albert Einstein Playing Violin

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With a name synonymous to genius, the fact that Albert Einstein was into music is no surprise considering the fact that the harmonious effects of melodies are practical examples of physics. The theoretical physicist was an avid admirer of music as he once stated:

“I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music.”

The German born-scientist began to play the violin at the age of 5 and mastered it perfectly.

“I know that the most joy in my life has come from my violin,”

states Einstein who was certain that he would be a musician if he was not a physicist.

Now that is a statement worth consideration and hypothesis. No doubt that Einstein reshaped the world of science with his laws and theories but if he was a musician, he would be certainly among the likes of Ludwig van Beethoven and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.


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