Professional athletes dedicate most of their time in honing and maintain their extraordinary physical talent. Sometimes their good looks combined with the tenacity for hard work makes them in demand as an actor. In fact, many actors choose the big screen after retirement and have gone on to establish pretty successful careers. Here’s our rundown of the top four athletes who created memorable characters that are notable and impressive.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
More commonly mentioned as the Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger was a beast of a bodybuilder before he went on to star in classics, including films like ‘Predator.’ Body-building is an Olympic sport, and while he was the most famous bodybuilder of all time, he was undeniably the biggest actor in the world for some time.
- Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Johnson is currently the forerunner of this list as he is currently the most popular athlete turned actor. Before his acting career took off, he was already a big star in the WWE. After conquering that world, he is still reining the big screen with his roles in a long-running franchise the Fast & Furious and San Andreas.
- Terry Crews
This is a lesser-known fact that Terry Crews was drafted into the NFL from 1991-95. He got his break into Hollywood, and from then on, there was no looking back. His iconic role in White Chicks and currently on Brooklyn 99 on the small screen, Terry Crews, has become a household name.
- Jason Statham
While Statham has established his persona as the tough guy in movies, he was a competitive driver and competed for Britain at the 1990 Commonwealth Games. His recent giant-shark move, The Meg, is synonymous with his trademark of actions movies, which make him the most consistent leading man of this genre. He has made his mark and can only be predicted to imprint that permanently on Hollywood in the future.
It’s never too late to follow a dream of taking a risk; you may be the thing that the world is waiting for. These athletes turned actors have proved that it’s essential to take the first step, put in the work, and leave the rest up to fate. So believe in yourself no matter how late you may think it is. Life doesn’t give too many chances, so don’t regret the ones you didn’t take!