37 Great Athletes Turned Actors


We can never get enough of our favorite athletes, which is why we’re so thankful many of them stay in the spot light after retiring from the game (which let’s face it, is at an early stage.) Many have gone on to have amazing acting careers, some so good we forget they were ever athletes. We’ve complied the best athletes turned actors from around the world:

Kareem Abdul Jabbar

Kareem Abdul Jabbar is a household name, mainly for his on-court skills. But the NBA legend also made himself a name on the big and small screens, beginning his acting career as early as the 1970s. Jabbar made guest appearances on different shows including Diff’rent Strokes, 21 Jump Street and Everybody Loves Raymond, and acted in movies such as Forget Paris and Airplane!