Many varied and unique paths splinter from Steve Earle's main road as a musician. Over the last 40 years, Earle has been a political activist, a prisoner and a novelist in addition to leading his band, the Dukes, with whom he will be appearing at the Old Rock House this Friday, July 3.
Courtesy of HBO's The Wire Steve Earle as Walon on HBO's The Wire.
Those unfamiliar with his music and biography may see a picture of the bearded Earle and recognize him as Walon, a recovering addict on HBO's The Wire. Possibly based in part on Earle's own struggles with heroin, his character would serve as the support system that series junkie Bubbs finally uses to get clean. (Earle's cover of the show's theme -- Tom Waits' "Down in the Hole" -- would also play under the credits in the show's final season.)
From the film careers of Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers to Ice-T's hilarious turn as a streetwise detective whose lines are clearly written by white people on Law and Order: SVU, many musicians have found second careers in the world of acting. But for others such as Earle, the dalliance is brief -- a one-night stand briefly interrupting a committed relationship to music. Here are some of the more interesting musicians that had a brief fling with the world of television and film.More »