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Timberlake and 9 other multi-faceted entertainers whom we hate because we love them
By Kevin Coffey / World-Herald staff writer


Justin Timberlake
When: 8 p.m. Monday
Where: CenturyLink Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.
Tickets: sold out
Information: 402-341-1500 or centurylinkcenter- omaha.com

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Man, we hate Justin Timberlake.

We hate him because... well, because we love him. He's so good at so many things that it drives us nuts. We wish we could be as good at one thing as he is at everything.

Timberlake's a loveable guy because he's such a good actor. He's a fantastic musician, songwriter, producer and dancer. And he's funny. No, he's hilarious.

He's a multi-talented man, which led us to think of other entertainers who blow us away. Most of them have been actors, musicians and comedians (or all of the above and more) at one point or another, and we still can't get enough of them.

Here are our top 10 multi-faceted entertainers.

10. Jennifer Lopez

J Lo famously got her start as a Fly Girl, one of the dancers on “In Living Color.” This was years before she had her acting breakthrough in “Selena” or put out her first album, “On the 6.” She's become an international star known now as much for being famous as for being talented. All that said, we'll forgive her for coming up with her own nickname when she released “J.Lo” in 2001.

9. Donald Glover

He's perfect as the oft-befuddled community college student Troy in NBC's “Community,” and his stand-up absolutely kills. His 2011 album, “Weirdo,” is hilarious. Some fans of Glover's acting were a little confused when he mostly dropped out of “Community,” but they might not know that he has a successful rap career as Childish Gambino. And his hip-hop career is comedy-oriented. He's actually really good.

8. Cher

First with Sonny & Cher and then on her own, we all fell in love with Cher's voice. Then she went ahead and starred in “Moonstruck,” a roll that was perfect for her, and won an Oscar for it. Is there anything that she can't do? She was even funny (in the cheesiest way) in “The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour.”

7. Frank Sinatra

Sinatra began as a solo singer, and old Blue Eyes was a charmer. When his career began to falter a bit, he began acting in films and did so well that he took home an Oscar for “From Here to Eternity.” He was also a decent comedian whether in films or onstage, where he was a perfect entertainer who slipped between crooning gorgeous melodies and cracking side-splitting jokes.

6. Elvis Presley

We're not gonna sit here and say that Elvis was an incredibly talented actor, but his 31 film roles are simply iconic. There's not much we can say about the King of rock 'n' roll's music career that hasn't been expounded on many, many times, but the fact that he crossed over from one to the other (and was incredibly popular) helps diminish his less-than-stellar performances.

5. Gene Kelly

Kelly might have been the original Hollywood jack of all trades. He began his career onstage as a dancer and choreographer before becoming a full-on movie star with films such as “Singing in the Rain” and “Anchors Aweigh,” where he did his famous dance next to Jerry, the animated mouse. Even the decline of the popularity of musicals in Hollywood couldn't stop him as he continued to star in and direct various films and television shows.

4. Barbra Streisand

Very, very few people have as many awards as Ms. Streisand, who boasts eight Grammys, two Oscars and five Emmys. She has even been nominated for two Tony awards. That's quite the variety, and she's deserving. Her music is of course the biggest part of her career: She's the best-selling female artist of all time in the U.S.

3. Jamie Foxx

Foxx has had quite the career path. Stand-up comedian, “In Living Color” cast member, actor, singer. We always liked Foxx in his film roles, but we knew he had something when he starred in the Ray Charles biopic “Ray,” for which he won an Oscar. And unlike other actors who put out an album as a vanity project, Foxx is so good that he won a Grammy for singing “Blame It” with rapper T.I.

2. Steve Martin

Steve Martin was a comedian. And maybe the funniest of funny people. He did this for decades, and starred in movies such as “The Jerk” and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.” And now Martin does pretty much whatever he wants, and he's dang good at all of it. He has moved away from acting and comedy to writing novels and plays and playing bluegrass music. He might be the most multi-talented person around if it weren't for one other guy...

1. Justin Timberlake

He makes us dance. He makes us laugh. He makes us enjoy going to the movies.

Part of why Justin Timberlake is so amazing is because his entire career has been a surprise. Who thought the 'N Sync kid would be any good as a solo artist? And then who thought his first album would be anything more than a fluke? We thought it was a little crazy when Timberlake started taking time off from making music to be in films, but then we watched the movies he was starring in and loved them. And we never thought he could be that funny on “Saturday Night Live.” But he managed to surprise us all, and we're very happy about that.

More talented stars

Most of these folks have a couple of talents that make them impressive entertainers — most more impressive than their singularly talented contemporaries — but they didn't quite make our top 10.

Jared Leto

Formed the radio-friendly epic rock band 30 Seconds to Mars, and now he's nominated for an Oscar.

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Jimmy Fallon

Hilarious, has some musical talent, but Fallon cracks up too much for most any serious role.

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Fred Astaire

Great dancer, and a very famous face. But a little less talented as an actor.

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Tom Hanks

Was a comedic actor before winning Oscars and forcing us to feel feelings.

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Drake DeGrassi

Junior High was his big start. Now an amazing rapper, and his turn on “SNL” was pretty good.

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Eminem

One of the best rappers ever, and his performance in “8 Mile” was incredible. Will he act again?

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Whitney Houston

Incredible voice and an impressive turn in “The Bodyguard.”

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Madonna

She parlayed her fame into a few films. Some were great. Others were awful.

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Neil Patrick

Harris: Doogie Howser turned out to be a great actor with fantastic comedic timing. Oh, and he can sing.

Contact the writer: Kevin Coffey

kevin.coffey@owh.com    |   402-444-1557    |  

Kevin covers music, whether it's pop, indie or punk, through artist interviews, reviews and trend stories. He also occasionally covers other entertainment, including video games and comic books.

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