Famous Celebrities Who Played the Clarinet

Amanda Seyfried with her clarinet (photo from her Instagram @mingey)

We all know that the clarinet is the best instrument around, so it’s no surprise that these celebrities played (or still play!) the clarinet:

  • Woody Allen
  • John Candy
  • Gloria Estefan (she also played guitar!)
  • Sara Evans
  • Alan Greenspan
  • Alyson Hannigan
  • Samantha Irby
  • Jimmy Kimmel
  • Eva Longoria (she was also a drum major!)
  • Harpo Marx (check out this video of him goofing off with Benny Goodman and Reginald Kell)
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Christian Morin
  • Jenna Mourey aka Jenna Marbles 
  • Julia Roberts (she also played oboe!)
  • Liev Schreiber
  • Amanda Seyfried
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
  • And one more “celebrity” worth mentioning: Jeffrey Dahmer. Although he is more infamous than famous, I thought this is an interesting bit of trivia.

Don’t forget to check out my list of movies, shows, and series which feature the clarinet!

Know any other clarinet-playing celebrities? Leave a comment below so I can add them to the list! Maybe we can invite them to the next clarinet convention…?


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