From his film debut in “Purple Rain” to his last appearance on “Saturday Night Live,” Prince made rare — but unforgettable — appearances on the big and small screens.
In his film debut, Prince played a semi-autobiographical musician who struggles in his home life and channels all his energy and passion into music. Designed as a star vehicle for the musician, the 1984 film contained several extended concert sequences.
Prince directed and starred in 1986’s “Under the Cherry Moon,” co-starring Kristin Scott Thomas. He played a gigolo who worked with a partner to swindle rich French women, but things, of course, get complicated when he falls in love with one of them.
In 1990, Prince reprised his “Purple Rain” role as The Kid in the semi-sequel, “Graffiti Bridge,” this time as a more successful musician and club owner who must contend with rivals in attempting to keep his business.