In the world of entertainment, being a “triple threat” means that a particular person excels at acting, singing, and dancing. Though there are many musicians that have dabbled in the film industry, and many more who have learned to strategically place themselves in the middle of their backup dancers, there aren’t many who really excel in all three categories. So, we thought the select few that truly do fit the description of a triple threat deserved some attention!

Hugh Jackman

It goes without saying that Wolverine was the superhero we all loved and needed for so many years, but we love Hugh for many other reasons. Proving his acting chops in movies like ‘The Prestige‘, ‘Prisoners’, ‘Australia’, and practically every ‘X-Men’ movie created, his talent reaches far beyond the screen!

Having starred in multiple Broadway shows (including ‘The Boy From Oz’, The River, and a Steady Rain), Hugh has also hosted the Tony Awards 4 times.

But perhaps our favorite thing about Hugh is that he blends the screen with the stage in a way almost no one else can. His unforgettable performances in ‘Les Misérables’ and ‘The Greatest Showman‘ have more than solidified his status as a triple threat, and we’re eternally grateful!

In this video, Hugh defies his doctor’s orders just to give a powerful performance of “From Now On” from ‘The Greatest Showman’.

Justin Timberlake

Initially stealing our hearts as a member of NSYNC, Justin Timberlake‘s music career was off to a promising start. Over the years he has continued to wow us as a solo artist with songs like “Cry Me A River,” “Suit & Tie,” “Mirrors,” “Rock Your Body,” and “Can’t Stop The Feeling!

In addition to his skills as a musician and songwriter, Justin has been known as an incredible dancer. He began dancing in classic boy band style with elaborate routines in NSYNC music videos, but has continued taking his signature dance moves with him throughout his solo career. Giving countless jaw-dropping performances to sold-out stadiums across the world, he’s also proved his singing and dancing chops as the 2017 Super Bowl Halftime Performer.

To complete the trifecta, Justin has starred in ‘The Social Network’, ‘In Time’, and many Saturday Night Live and Jimmy Fallon Skits.

Neil Patrick Harris

In order to gauge whether or not Neil Patrick Harris can sing, dance, and act, all you really have to do is watch his 2011 Tony Awards opening number.

Besides having won our hearts as Barney Stinson from 2005-2014 in ‘How I Met Your Mother’, Neil Patrick Harris has also hosted the Tony Awards 4 times and is one of Broadway’s favorite performers, starring in ‘Cabaret’, ‘Assassins’, and ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’. His film credits include the dramatic film ‘Gone Girl’,  and Netflix’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ as Count Olaf, plus many more.

Beyoncé

Rising to fame in the late 1990s as lead singer of the R&B girl-group Destiny’s ChildBeyoncé is now one of the world’s best-selling musical artists. Known for her versatile vocals and extensive dance routines, she is the most nominated woman in Grammy Awards history and has won 22 of those Grammy awards. She is also the most awarded artist at the MTV Video Music Awards, with 24 wins. Giving us timeless hits like “Irreplaceable,” “Halo,” “Love On Top,” “Crazy In Love,” and “Run The World,” Beyoncé has created a reputation that is undoubtedly unmatched.

Beyoncé has also been a Super Bowl Halftime Performer, proving on a worldwide stage that she can sing and dance.

Starring on the screen in ‘Austin Powers in Goldmember’, ‘Obsessed’, and ‘Dreamgirls‘ officially established Beyoncé as a triple threat entertainer.

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez started her multi-faceted career as a dancer, initially starring in Fox’s ‘A Living Color‘ and later dancing for Janet Jackson. She went on to star in ‘Selena’ and ‘Anaconda‘, establishing herself as the highest-paid Latin actress in Hollywood. She has since starred in many other classic films, including ‘Maid in Manhattan‘, ‘The Wedding Planner‘, ‘Monster-In-Law‘, ‘Gigli‘, ‘The Boy Next Door‘, and so many others!

Jennifer Lopez‘s music career has been equally exciting, especially for the Latin community, producing hits like “On The Floor,” “Jenny From The Block,” “I’m Real,” and “Ain’t It Funny.” Her diverse portfolio landed her a position as a judge on American Idol from 2010 – 2012.

John Travolta

Danny Zu…oops, we mean John Travolta…has been one of our favorite singers, actors, and dancers for a long time now! Starring in many popular movies such as ‘Pulp Fiction‘, ‘Saturday Night Fever‘, ‘Staying Alive‘, ‘Wild Hogs‘, and of course, ‘Grease‘, John Travolta has established himself as an incredible triple threat entertainer.

If you’re still not convinced that John Travolta is truly a triple threat, he certainly made his point in the movie-musical ‘Hairspray‘, starring as Edna Turnblad. He sang, danced, and acted in a 30-pound fat suit and went through 5 hours of makeup daily for the role!

Zac Efron

Zac Efron won the hearts of teenage girls everywhere in his debut performance of ‘High School Musical‘. The Disney Channel hit went so well that it resulted in ‘High School Musical 2‘ and ‘High School Musical 3‘, in which Zac continued to demonstrate his acting, singing, and dancing. Seriously, we will never forget his epic performance of “Bet On It.”

Zac went on to appear in ‘17 Again‘, ‘Hairspray‘, and ‘The Lorax‘ before dropping his Disney image and taking on more mature roles in films such as ‘The Lucky One‘, ‘Charlie St. Cloud‘, and ‘Neighbors‘. He eventually returned to movie-musicals, starring in the P.T. Barnum biopic ‘The Greatest Showman‘; the film officially solidified his role as a mature triple threat entertainer.


Being a triple threat entertainer is no joke, and these performers have given a lifetime to perfecting song, dance, and acting! And who knows: if you do the same, you could be next!

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