Top 35 Athletes Turned Actors of All Time
Best Athlete Actors
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!
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