It is hard to make it as a thespian or a specialized sportsperson, and harder still for an individual to achieve both. But many ace sportspersons have succeeded in parleying their recognition into a Hollywood vocation. As we gear up for their delightful stories, here are a bunch of football players who managed to discover newfangled careers as actors. Find out how some Football players turned into Hollywood Actors. Also, know the best movies based on football sport.
Football Players Turned into Hollywood Movie Actors
Trailing Terry’s 14 seasons in the NFL, the Hall-of-Famer (inaugurated in the year 1989) moved on to perform in a sequence of movies and television assignments, for instance, Malcolm in the Middle and Failure to Launch.
One of the most renowned National Football League sportspersons-turned thespians, Crews effectively made the shift from round-the-clock sportsperson to round-the-clock thespian. Post competing in 4 seasons in the NFL for 4 diverse groups, Terry moved on to perform in a vast array of film assignments, which comprised of Bridesmaids, Are We There Yet, Everybody Hates Chris and very recently, Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Dwayne Johnson used to be a football player prior to his wrestling and acting careers. He played for the Miami University before a transitory stretch in the CFL (Canadian Football League). Johnson has starred in some movies like Tooth Fairy, G.I Joe and Fast and Furious series, Gridiron Gang, San Andreas, Central Intelligence and most recently Moana and Baywatch.
Charles Aaron ‘Bubba’ Smith was a football player for 9 years in the National Football League. This tall and sturdy player already had a stable acting profession and performed in many TV projects and movies including Blue Thunder, Good Times, Open All Night and six Police Academy movies. The thespian passed away at the age of 66 in 2011.
Post playing for 2 seasons with Oakland Raiders and B.C Lions; Weathers arrived at Hollywood to chase his love for acting. The former football player was seen as a regular in the industry post his ball superannuation, but his ensuing parts in four Rocky movies, Predator, Tour of Duty, Brothers, In the Heat of the Night and Street Justice hardened his resume as a thespian. Carl still unceasingly works as a thespian.
Before shifting careers, Williamson played 8 seasons in the NFL. He played for 3 teams (Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs) before exiting the football arena. The ball player-turned thespian has an extensive performing resume, but is broadly recognized for Black Caesar, Mash, From Dusk Till Dawn, Hutch and Starsky.
This NFL player has been on the turf for 9 years and has been a Hall-of-Famer as well. Jim competed with Cleveland Browns prior to commencing his expedition as a thespian. He has been in the acting arena for more than 40 years and is particularly reminisced for his movies like Mars Attacks, Any Given Sunday, The Running Man and The Dirty Dozen.
This former New York Giants member played for the team for 13 seasons before entering the entertainment industry. 1998 marked the beginning of his acting career. Taylor has appeared in some projects like Waterboy, Any Given Sunday, LR: The Life and Times and When in Rome. The ball player-turned actor was also inaugurated into the hall of fame in the year, 1999.
This 15-season NFL trouper competed with the Los Angeles Rams. Merlin acted in many assignments post his ball-retirement, which included The Undefeated, Father Murphy, Mitchell and most remarkably, Little House on the Prairie. The actor is also a Hall-Of-Famer (1982). He passed away at the age of 69 in 2010.
Roosevelt ‘Rosey’ Grier was an athlete for 11 seasons in the NFL. First, he played with New York Giants and then Los Angeles Rams. Post that, he starred in a number of TV and movie assignments like Movin’ On, The Thing with Two Heads, Make room for Granddaddy, Carter’s Army and Daniel Boone.
All these individuals have been loved as both, football players and as actors and continue to be evergreen and live in everyone’s hearts for eternity.