Country music stars have dabbed in acting since the 1960s when stars like Glen Campbell spent time in Hollywood. Campbell joine John Wayne in the 1969 classic True Grit. The part earned Campbell a Golden Globe nomination for Most Promising Newcomer. Glen also had his own variety series in the 1960s that welcomed many music stars from the day.
In the 1970s, country stars like Jerry Reed, Kris Kristofferson, and Johnny Cash all took to acting like it was second nature. Reed, who was known for the Smokey and the Bandit movies with his buddy Burt Reynolds, even played himself as an animated character in The New Scooby-Doo Movies. Fellow Country Music Hall of Famer Kris Kristofferson also played animated characters like Old Donkey from the animated holiday movie The Star in 2017.
In the 1980s, Dolly Parton was the country star who acted in many movies, including the Jane Fonda/Lily Tomlin movie 9 to 5 that we all know and love, making Dolly a household name worldwide. The 1990s brought many country stars into acting, including Tim McGraw, whose first acting appearance came in a 1997 episode of The Jeff Foxworthy Show, where he played Foxworthy’s rival. Randy Travis also dabbled a lot in acting, playing in movies and television; he even played an animated character in the 1997 movie Annabelle’s Wish. In that movie, he played adult Billy, the narrator, who, as a child, can’t speak.
Many country stars like Wynonna Judd, Travis, Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, Brad Paisley, and others played themselves in the Fox animated classic series King Of The Hill, which is said to be making a comeback in the next few years on Hulu. Nelson has also co-starred in a number of movies, starting with The Electric Horseman in 1979.
We started to look at county stars today who have played animated characters in movies and TV and came up with five who made the transition to cartoon characters seem easy.