17 Athletes Turned Actors

Posted by PZ on November 1st, 2010

While it might seem like an unusual career move, some sports stars have tried their hand at acting.  While some of these athletes have only played one or two minor roles, other sports stars have changed their career path completely, becoming more famous for their acting than their participation in sport over the years.

Steve Austin
HOLLYWOOD - AUGUST 24: Actor Steve Austin arrives at the screening of Lionsgate's 'The Last Exorcism'at the Arclight theatres on August 24, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Carl Weathers
45346, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - Wednesday September 22, 2010. Carl Weathers poses for photographs while attending a charity event at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Photograph:  Koi Sojer, PacificCoastNews.com

Vinnie Jones
April 17, 2010; Carson, CA, USA; Vinnie Jones celebrates after scoring a goal in BritWeek 2010 with Celebrity Soccer Game at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Photo via Newscom

Hulk Hogan
CULVER CITY, CA - AUGUST 01: Wrestler Hulk Hogan flexes his muscles onstage at the Comedy Central Roast Of David Hasselhoff held at Sony Pictures Studios on August 1, 2010 in Culver City, California. The''Comedy Central Roast of David Hasselhoff' will air on Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Mike Tyson
NEW YORK - AUGUST 31: Former US boxing heavyweight world champion Mike Tyson attends the premiere of ESPN Films' 'One Night In Vegas' at the Dwyer Cultural Center on August 31, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

NEW YORK - AUGUST 01: Soccer Legend Pele announces the return of the New York Cosmos at Flushing Meadows Corona Park on August 1, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for the New York Cosmos)

Dennis Rodman
Dennis Rodman signs autograph after the game of street basketball against Japan's Somecity goes to S2E at the Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo, Japan, on August 19, 2010.   UPI/Keizo mori Photo via Newscom

Jason Statham
46515, NEW YORK, NEW YORK - Friday October 22, 2010. Action star Jason Statham looks like a man on a mission as he is spotted on set for his upcoming film Safe in NYC. The well dressed actor is seen wearing rather dirty sneakers. Photograph:  Wagner Az, PacificCoastNews.com

Arnold Schwarzenegger
LONG BEACH, CA - OCTOBER 26: California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks during the Maria Shriver Women's Conference at the Long Beach Convention Center on October 25, 2010 in Long Beach, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Former WWF wrestler turned actor The Rock aka Dwayne Johnson enjoys his time on the set of The Fast and the Furious 5  in Puerto Rico with co-star Elsa Pataky on July 29, 2010 where the pair play law officials cracking down on the antics of Vin Diesel and Paul Walker. Fame Pictures, Inc

Shaquille O’Neal
Newly signed Boston Celtics player Shaquille O'Neal holds up his new jersey at a news conference in Waltham, Massachusetts August 10, 2010.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder  (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

Rick Fox
Peace Over Violence 39th Annual Humanitarian Awards, Held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California in October 29th, 2010 Rick Fox Fame Pictures, Inc

Michelle Kwan
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 12: Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan attend the 31st Annual Salute to Women in Sports gala at The Waldorf-Astoria on October 12, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

O.J. Simpson
O.J. Simpson speaks in court prior to his sentencing at the Clark County Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 5, 2008. Simpson and co-defendant Clarence C.J. Stewart were sentenced on 12 charges, including felony kidnapping, armed robbery and conspiracy related to a 2007 confrontation with sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas.hotel. (UPI Photo/Isaac Brekken) Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom

Mickey Rourke
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Actor Mickey Rourke arrives at Spike TV's 'Scream 2010' at The Greek Theatre on October 16, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Michael Jordan
Jul 17, 2010 - Stateline, Nevada, U.S. - After his final round, NBA great, MICHAEL JORDAN who was met by his new Girlfriend, Yvette Prieto a Cuban model who dated J. Iglasias JR. and now have purchased a house together in FL.going in halfs. Rummer is wedding bells are soon in the works. who played in the ''American Century Championship'' held at the Edgewood golf course on the shores of Lake Tahoe. © Red Carpet Pictures

Anna Kournikova
Former Russian tennis player Anna Kournikova speaks during a news conference in Bogota August 20, 2010. Kournikova will take part in the Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi Tour Exhibition in Bogota on August 20.   REUTERS/Jose Miguel Gomez   (COLOMBIA - Tags: SPORT TENNIS HEADSHOT)

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