The so-called "triple-threat performers" are those who can sing, act and dance professionally. It is very rare for a performer to be able to do all three successfully, but, when it happens, a performer often tops the earnings lists. (For more on celebrities, see Top Celebrity Career Comeback Tips.)
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Here are five of the most successful triple threat performers:
Triple threat doesn't even begin to describe Jennifer Lopez. Not only is she an accomplished dancer, actress and singer, she has created multiple clothing lines under her own label and owns a movie and television production company. Lopez is also returning for her second season as a judge on "American Idol." Lopez's seven albums have sold a combined total of over 55 million copies and her most successful movie, "Maid In Manhattan," grossed over $154 million at the box office globally.
Timberlake originally launched his performing career through winning the television show, "Star Search." He became an international superstar in the boy band, 'N Sync, selling more than 28 million albums. Post-band, Timberlake became a solo recording artist with two released albums. Also, with 16 movies under his belt, including "Black Snake Moan" and two of the "Shrek" franchise movies, Timberlake is one of the highest paid performers in the industry.
Australian entertainer, Hugh Jackman, is active in both the film and musical theaters. Jackman's most popular film role is Wolverine in the "X-Men" movies. He has won more than two dozen performing awards, including an Emmy and a Tony. The box office from the "X-Men" series alone is over $1.8 billion. Jackman also appeared in "Van Helsing" and the Broadway hit, "The Boy From Oz." (For more on Movies, read Top 10 Successful Movie Franchises.)
One of the original triple-threat performers, Madonna has been named the all-time top-selling female recording artist by Guinness World Records with record sales of over 300 million. She has appeared in several movies, but her most famous and critically-acclaimed role was the lead in the movie, "Evita." The movie ended up with an international box office take of over $141 million.
Laurie is best known to American audiences in the title role of the television drama, "House M.D." Long before that, however, he was well-known in the U.K. as one half of the comedy sketch team, Fry and Laurie. For his acting, Laurie has to date won two Golden Globes and two SAG awards, along with several Emmy nominations. He is considered one of the highest-paid actors in television, earning a reported $700,000 per episode on "House." Laurie is also an accomplished musician and released his first full-length album in 2011, named "Let Them Talk." The album has been certified gold in the U.K. and reached number 16 in the U.S. charts.
The Bottom Line
Triple threat performers don't come along every day, but when they do, they can clean up in sales and sing, dance and act all the way to the bank. As performers branch out into other areas, such as business management, writing and directing, their success can grow exponentially. (For more, read Top Celebrity Investors And What They're Invested In.)