It’s difficult to say goodbye to spotlight once one tastes it in his life. Once career of a sportsperson ends his heart starts yearning for the same roaring crowd and fans adulation. To achieve this, the best option available for sports person is to try their hands Films.
There are many famous athletes who took a big leap forward from sports stadium to Hollywood arena and played a well known roles in the film arena too. Some played serious, a few funny while many of them just wanted another source of money. Some came and gone, others played better but a few made big names for themselves. Here are some of the best.
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10 Athletes Who Jumped Into Films
His notable bodybuilding achievements, a 3 times Mr. Universe and 7 times Mr. Olympia, brought him to film industry but movies made him a worldwide star. The terminator was a professional bodybuilder before breaking into Hollywood in first Hercules, 1970 as the title character. His famous role as Terminator, came later before entering into Politics as Governor of California. Presently, he is filming Expendable 2. Being famous was his big time dream which he achieved through bodybuilding, films and politics.
2. Bruce Lee
Lee was a child actor before becoming a cinema icon. The martial arts icon of Hollywood studied martial arts as a professional. His untimely death is one of the biggest tragedies of film industry who popularized martial arts into the industry.
3. Dwayne Johnson
Johnson was a Superstar of World Wrestling Federation and spent 17 years there in sports before entering into Film roles. His major role was in the sequel of The Mummy Returns. There is a long list of mega hits as impressive as his sports career including the star of Fast & Furious.
4. Chuck Norris
In real life, Chuck Norris was an athlete, Karate champion before facing Bruce Lee in reel life as villain in the film Return of the Dragon of 1972.
5. Carl Weathers
Before playing the unforgettable role of Apollo Creed in Rocky film in 1976, Carl was successful football linebacker in Oakland Riders & Canadian Football League. Close Encounters of the Third Kind & Rocky Sequels are some of his other films.
6. Jason Statham
The Transporter bone crusher, Jonathan, for 12 years was a member of the British National Diving Squad.
7. Jim Brown
Jim brown was successful running backs in National Football League. In 1965 he entered into Hollywood and played in famous films such as The Dirty Dozen, his other films were The Running Man and Any Given Sunday.
8. Hulk Hogan
The villain of Rocky III, Hulk, is a famous wrestler of WWE who has recently been fired because of his racially abusive recording.
9. Michael Jordan
Yes, Michael Jordon too, although in a brief stint. The one of the greatest sports person of all times, the basketball player acted in movie, Space Jam.
10. John Wayne
Surprise entry, yes, it’s a surprise for many that The film legend, John Wayne played football for USC before entering into films, the reason for leaving his football career was his injury.