18 Stars That Enjoyed Success As Actors And Athletes

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FeaturedStarsDeveloping multiple skill sets and talents makes a person a much more valuable commodity in any profession. While valuable, can be a difficult feat to accomplish, especially if you’re trying to be an expert in multiple categories as opposed to simply being adequate.

Professional athletes are used to being watched by thousands of people and feeling the pressure of spectators, and some love the spotlight so much that it’s somewhat of a natural transition for them to start acting as well. There are a number of actors that have had incredible careers as professional athletes. Find out who in the slides to follow!

#18 Jason Lee

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001--18-jason-lee-261252Jason Lee’s first real occupation was that of a professional skateboarder and extreme sports entrepreneur. After trying his hand at acting in the early 1990s, he was discovered by Kevin Smith who decided to use Lee for a lead in the 1995 film “Mallrats”. To many, Lee is most well known for his role in the NBC comedy “My Name Is Early.”
#17 Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

002--17-dwayne-the-rock-johnson-bf1f0ed2851d30533c2ab0e43ad7e2c4Perhaps one of the most notable athletes turned actors is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Not only did he have a successful career as a professional wrestler in WWE, he was a football player in the Canadian Football League for a short period of time. What’s most admirable about Johnson’s career trajectory is the incredible success he’s had in the film industry since making the change. Films like “The Fast and The Furious” and HBO shows like “Ballers” have further boosted his star status.

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#16 Stacey Keibler

003--16-stacey-keibler-d702adcd90f6ebc477cd7cf807047958Fans of the World Wrestling Federation will recognize Stacey Keibler was one of the most popular wrestlers for years. She eventually left wrestling to pursue opportunities in a few different reality shows and TV series. Sadly, the role that earned her the most fame in her life was that of being George Clooney’s girlfriend for numerous years.

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#15 Terry Crews

004--15-terry-crews-173747f413c2a46dd580bc13d2c124d8While he might not look like it, Terry Crews was actually a huge lover of art from the beginning of his days in college. He earned an art scholarship but ultimately decided to pursue a football scholarship with Western Michigan University. He was later drafted as a defensive end for The Los Angeles Rams in 1991. Crews had a short career in football as he retired in 1997, but he’s had great success in acting with roles in popular films like “The Expendables” and television shows like “Brooklyn Nine Nine.”

#14 John Cena

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005--14-john-cena-261874If you didn’t know John Cena had a background as a Division III football player at Springfield College or that he’s had a promising career in professional wrestling, you might have guessed it from looking at his frame. That badass look has helped him land roles in films like “The Marine.” Cena still focuses more on wrestling than he does acting, but it’s likely that his film career is far from over.

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