Developing 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
#17 Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Perhaps 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.
#16 Stacey Keibler
Fans 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.
#15 Terry Crews
While 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.”