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Top 35 Athletes Turned Actors of All Time

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Ray Allen
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Sometimes when athletes retire they decide to hit the big screen and take a shot at acting. There are successful athlete actors and then there are others who are absolutely horrible. It’s very rare to see someone become successful at being both an actor and an athlete.

A few of these guys had long careers in the big leauges but others didn’t even make it to the pros of their respective sport. I’ll go ahead and throw out an honorable mention for a current athlete to Ray Allen in He Got Game. He successfully played his role but he hasn't exactly had any acting appearances since then.

In case you couldn’t tell, a lot of these are older movies. Clearly, today’s athletes are more concerned with becoming reality TV stars and skipping the acting classes. I’m sorry Brett Favre, you just didn’t cut it in There’s Something About Mary and Shaq definitely did not cut it in Kazaam.

So, can you think of some recent athletes that have become movie stars? It’s pretty hard to be talented in all aspects of life. There's even one female that is featured on the list. Let’s just say that some guys probably should have stuck to their sports contracts.

I’ll stop talking about the bad athlete actors and let you get on with the slideshow. Don’t be surprised if you don’t know some of their shows, but take a YouTube search to see their acting skills. Enjoy!

Interested in more athletes that have made on-screen appearances? Or do you think some athletes deserve a chance on the big screen? Check out:

20 Athletes with Horrible Reality TV Appearances

15 Athletes who Deserve Their Own Reality TV Show

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Honorable Mention: Ray Allen

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David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
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Honorable Mention: Ray Allen

Honorable Mention: Ray Allen
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35. Wilt Chamberlain

Wilt Chamberlain actor
Twitter
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35. Wilt Chamberlain

35. Wilt Chamberlain
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34. Howie Long

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Reid Compton-USA TODAY Sports
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34. Howie Long

34. Howie Long
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33. Roosevelt Grier

Roosevelt Grier actor
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33. Roosevelt Grier

33. Roosevelt Grier
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32. Joe Namath

Joe Namath
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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32. Joe Namath

32. Joe Namath
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31. Esther Williams

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Twitter
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31. Esther Williams

31. Esther Williams
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30. Terry Crews

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Twitter
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30. Terry Crews

30. Terry Crews
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29. Bruce Lee

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Twitter
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29. Bruce Lee

29. Bruce Lee
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28. Chuck Norris

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Twitter
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28. Chuck Norris

28. Chuck Norris
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27. O.J. Simpson

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Twitter
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27. O.J. Simpson

27. O.J. Simpson
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26. Johnny Weissmuller

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Twitter
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26. Johnny Weissmuller

26. Johnny Weissmuller
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25. Bruce Jenner

Bruce Jenner
Facebook
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25. Bruce Jenner

25. Bruce Jenner
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24. Hulk Hogan

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24. Hulk Hogan

24. Hulk Hogan
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23. Alex Karras

Alex Karras
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23. Alex Karras

23. Alex Karras
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22. Terry Bradshaw

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22. Terry Bradshaw

22. Terry Bradshaw
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21. Rick Fox

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21. Rick Fox

21. Rick Fox
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20. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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20. Kareem Abdul Jabbar

20. Kareem Abdul Jabbar
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19. Jason Statham

Jason Statham
Facebook
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19. Jason Statham

19. Jason Statham
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18. Lou Ferrigno

Lou Ferrigno
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
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18. Lou Ferrigno

18. Lou Ferrigno
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17. Brian Bosworth

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Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
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17. Brian Bosworth

17. Brian Bosworth
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16. Stacy Keibler

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16. Stacy Kiebler

16. Stacy Kiebler
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15. Bubba Smith

Bubba Smith
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15. Bubba Smith

15. Bubba Smith
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14. Burt Reynolds

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14. Burt Reynolds

14. Burt Reynolds
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13. Jim Brown

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Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports
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13. Jim Brown

13. Jim Brown
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12. Chuck Connors

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12. Chuck Connors

12. Chuck Connors
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11. Fred Williamson

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11. Fred Williamson

11. Fred Williamson
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10. André René Roussimoff (Andre the Giant)

10. André René Roussimoff (Andre the Giant)
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10. André René Roussimoff (Andre the Giant)

10. André René Roussimoff (Andre the Giant)
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9. Fred Dryer

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Facebook
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9. Fred Dryer

9. Fred Dryer
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8. Ed Marinaro

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Facebook
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8. Ed Marinaro

8. Ed Marinaro
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7. Bob Uecker

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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7. Bob Uecker

7. Bob Uecker
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6. Jason Lee

Jason Lee
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6. Jason Lee

6. Jason Lee
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5. Mark Harmon

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5. Mark Harmon

5. Mark Harmon
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4. Merlin Olsen

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4. Merlin Olsen

4. Merlin Olsen
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3. Carl Weathers

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Facebook
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3. Carl Weathers

3. Carl Weathers
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2. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

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Facebook
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2. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

2. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
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1. Arnold Schwarzenegger

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1. Arnold Schwarzenegger

1. Arnold Schwarzenegger