5. Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx’s acting career took off when he joined the cast of In Living Color back in 1991. He later went on to have his own sitcom, The Jamie Foxx Show, and starred in a variety of films, earning him an Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Actor and a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. He released his first R&B record, Peep This, in 1994, but it wasn’t until his performance in the biopic Ray about musician Ray Charles that people really started to notice him as a musician. Jamie Foxx had actually been playing piano since he was 5-years-old, and attended United States International University to study classical music and composition. In 2004, his music career took off as he sang on Twista’s “Slow Jamz” and Kanye West’s “Gold Digger,” and he released his second studio album Unpredictable the next year, proving that he could make it in both theatrical and musical realms.