Rock musicians who have also been television actors

Rock musicians are the epitome of what it means to be in the music business and several of these rock stars have also become TV stars. Here's a short list of folks that you might not be aware have played memorable characters when they're not busy rocking out.

Courtney Love has been earning plenty of buzz recently for her role as struggling superstar Elle Dallas on FOX's massive hit series "Empire", which just finished airing its first season and has already been renewed for a second. She also performed the song "Take Me to the River" in the episode "Out Damned Spot." Love made her television debut last year playing Ms. Harrison in four episodes of FX's critically acclaimed drama "Sons of Anarchy," and on March 29 she will begin a reportedly recurring role on ABC's "Revenge" as a character known only as White Gold.

Jon Bon Jovi added to the already high number of musicians on FOX's "Ally McBeal" when he had a recurring role as Victor Morrison, a plumber who began dating the title character (played by Calista Flockhart) during the show's final season. His other small screen appearances include several shows on NBC: "The West Wing", "Las Vegas", and "30 Rock." Bon Jovi also portrayed Seth, who dated Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) after meeting her in therapy, in a second season episode of HBO's "Sex and the City."

Alanis Morrissette portrayed Dawn, who kissed Carrie, in a later episode of "Sex and the City." Her other TV credits include playing Poppy in three episodes of FX's "Nip/Tuck", Lucinda in Lifetime's short-lived "Lovespring International", and Amanda, a former bandmate of Ava (Maya Rudolph) on NBC's "Up All Night." Rudolph later officiated Morrissette's wedding. Way back at the beginning of her career, she also appeared in several episodes of Nickelodeon's "You Can't Do That On Television."

Adam Levine gained plenty of attention for starring in the feature film "Begin Again", but before that his official acting debut was in FX's anthology series "American Horror Story: Asylum." Levine and actress Jenna Dewan-Tatum played a pair of newlyweds who wandered into Briarcliff Asylum looking for thrills, and Levine was quickly murdered by the horrors within.

Rick Springfield has been a longtime actor as well as musician. He found soap opera stardom portraying Noah Drake on ABC's "General Hospital" for multiple runs, first from 1981 to 1983, then again from 2005 to 2008, and with return appearances in 2012 and 2013. Amusingly, he also appeared on "General Hospital" as himself at one point, performing his hit "Jessie's Girl" at the show's Nurses Ball. Springfield played a fictionalized version of himself on Showtime's "Californication" and was the lead of ABC's short-lived adaptation of "Human Target", not to be confused with the Mark Valley version of the same name that aired on FOX from 2010-2012.

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