Sports are any activities that involve the coordination of different physical movements. Aside from competitions, sports are done for entertainment, that is why there are always tons of audiences in every game of basketball, football, volleyball, and other sports you could think of. Meanwhile, acting is the occupation of performing in a setting, mostly in front of cameras where you play a characterization. Celebrities act in movies, shows, musicals, and the like in order to give entertainment to people. Entertainment is one of the similarities sports and acting have, maybe that explains why there are award-winning actors and actresses who happen to be good in the field of sport, too. Keep on reading to know different well-known celebrities who are not only gifted with the talent of acting, but also with athletics. Let us see if you would be surprised by some names.
Before striving in the acting industry, Burt Leon Reynolds Jr. used to be one of the greatest young football players in Florida. He was really excelling as a student-athlete which brought him tons of good scholarship offers from universities in other states, but he decided to stay and play for Florida State Seminoles. With such a good career in collegiate football, you might be wondering how he suddenly got into acting. Reynolds was having a great life at that time until everything changed for him when he got a severe knee injury. The worst thing was that during the same year, he also got involved in a car crash. He learned that with his body condition, he would not be able to play anymore. That was the moment he turned his head into acting. That was how people met the famous Burt Reynolds today who starred in blockbuster films and shows such as Gunsmoke, Smokey and the Bandit, and Evening Shade.
In the 1950s, Chuck Norris began to study martial arts in Korea. He surely was blessed with great talents and along them was his perseverance in the field for he was able to attain a black belt in numerous kinds of martial arts such as Karate, Taekwondo, Judo, Tang Soo Do, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He made a legacy in the field of martial arts by being the creator of the Chun Kuk Do, a Korean and American martial arts hybrid system. After a few years, he gave acting a shot which led him to his successful career in the acting industry. Chuck Norris starred in various films and TV shows such as Walker Texas Ranger, Return of the Dragon, The Delta Force, and Missing in Action.
Back in his hometown, Michigan, Terry Crews used to be a very great football player taking the positions of playing running backs and quarterbacks. Not only did he excel at the collegiate level, but he also made it to the professional leagues. With his muscular body structure, it is obvious that he was a good player – the sport really fit him. After years of playing, he had gathered tons of medals, trophies, and certificates representing different championship wins and awards. Surely, those football-related awards have already been joined by awards that he received from the acting industry. Terry Crews established a great career in the industry by starring in blockbuster films and TV shows such as Brooklyn Nine-Nine, White Chicks, Everybody Hates Chris, and The Expandables.
Did you know that before playing James Bond and building a career in the acting industry, Sean Connery used to be a bodybuilder? He had built a very proportioned body figure that really looked good on him. Because of his great figure and nice looks, he even joined Mr. Universe in 1953 and finished in third place. Maybe, because of his looks, he tried acting. Well, whatever the reason behind pursuing another career was, he surely made the best decision to choose acting. In the world of acting, he received tons of awards like Golden Globes and an Academy Award. Sean Connery starred in different films and TV shows such as Dr. No, Goldfinger, From Russia with Love, and Thunderball.
Phil Alexander Robertson was born on the 24th of April 1946 in Louisiana, US. He grew up there and studied at Louisiana Tech University where he had a chance to showcase his talent in the sport of football. He played quarterbacks during games. Because of his consistent performance, he was on scholarship. Aside from playing football, he was really fond of hunting which was the reason why he rejected the offer of the Washington Redskins to join their football team. After a while, Phil Robertson got a chance to star in a TV show called “Duck Dynasty” where he was able to show off his hunting abilities to America.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
We started to know Dwayne Douglas Johnson as a professional wrestler in World Wrestling Entertainment, most commonly known as WWE – in fact, that was how he got the nickname “The Rock”. With his body structure, it is not deniable that he used to be a wrestler, but did you know that The Rock also used to play quarterbacks in the field of football before being a professional wrestler? By 1991, he was on the football team named Miami Hurricanes. After all the championships he had won and the bodies he had tossed as a wrestler, he chose to establish a career in the acting industry. The Rock starred in various films such as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Fast & Furious Presents Hobbs and Shaw, San Andreas, and Rampage.
Before bringing himself into the world of stand-up comedy, Jim Gaffigan used to play football at Purdue University where he attended high school. Eventually, he shifted to another school in Washington, D.C. but that did not stop his career being a student-athlete. He continued playing football for his new school, Georgetown University. Today, Jim Gaffigan lives as a famous stand-up comedian, actor, and procedure. He starred in films and TV shows such as his own very own show called The Jim Gaffigan, Troop Zero, and American Dreamer.
Andre The Giant
Andre the Giant is the stage name used by Andre Renee Roussimoff. Before starring in different films and TV shows such as The Princess Bride and Trading Mom, Andre used to be a professional wrestler – in fact, it was the wrestling world who gave him that nickname. He is a man with a height of 7’4”. He was a well-known icon in the industry of wrestling.
Sheryl Suzanne Crow is a well-known American singer, songwriter, and actress. Did you know that before creating music that spread all over the world, she used to be a track and field player in her younger years? She was born in Kennett, Missouri, and attended Kennett High School. During her high school years, she was standing out in her track team. She was considered one of the best players in her school. After being a student-athlete who received tons of medals representing her championship wins, she decided to focus on her musical abilities. Today, Sheryl Crow is a big name in the music industry with songs that were all nationwide hits such as My Favorite Mistake, All I Wanna Do, and If It Makes You Happy.
Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson was born on the 15th of April 1990 in Paris, France. As she grew up, she had to fly to Rhode Island in order to attend one of the well-known Ivy-League schools, Brown University. You may not believe this but it is true – aside from doing well in her academics, Emma used to possess great skills in playing field hockey. She managed her time well in balancing her academics, sport, and work. Yes, she was already acting while she was still studying to achieve her bachelor’s degree. Emma Watson starred in different blockbuster films such as Beauty and the Beast, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Little Women.
Matthew Perry used to be a tennis layer. Though it simply started to be one of his hobbies, he really wanted to be good at it to the point that he has allotted 10 hours of each day for his training. He was really impressive because, at a young age, he managed to make it to the national rankings of tennis players. He placed third in the junior doubles category and 17th in the other category which was junior singles. After his sporty days, he decided to build a career in the acting industry which made the world meet Matthew Perry we all loved. Matthew Langford Perry is an American-Canadian actor, comedian, and writer. His career reached its peak when he played Chandler Bing in the well-known sitcom, Friends. He also starred in other TV shows and films such as 17 Again, Fools Rush In, and The Whole Nine Yards.
Before being known as an actor, Jason Lee made his name known in the field of skateboarding. He was really good at it during his younger years. It started off as a hobby, but he realized that maybe it was something that he would be really good at that was why he exerted more effort in every practice. After years of training, Lee started to skate like a professional by the 1980s. Today, Jason Lee is known by the world as the actor with a black mustache. He starred in a lot of blockbuster movies such as Alvin and the Chipmunks, Mall Rats, The Incredibles, and Chasing Amy.
Dolph Lundgren is the name more commonly used by Hans Lundgren. Before bringing himself into the world of acting, Dolph Lundgren was a black belter in Kyokushin karate. From 1980 to 1981, he won both championships in European leagues. He also brought a championship win home the next year, but that time it was from an Australian league. His name started to become big in the acting industry when he played Ivan Drago in Rocky IV during 1985. Now, Dolph Lundgren is a well-known Swedish actor, filmmaker, and chemical engineer. He starred in lots of blockbuster films such as The Expendables, Creed II, and Universal Soldier.
Edward Leonard O’Neill is a well-known actor and comedian. He starred in different films and TV shows such as Married…with Children, Modern Family, Little Giants, and Finding Dory. With all the impressive acting skills he had projected all through the years, Ed O’Neill received numerous awards. Well, we’re so sure that even in his younger years, he had already received lots of medals and trophies. Ed started playing quarterbacks for the Polk High School’s football team. Eventually, he got a promising scholarship offer which made him play for Ohio University. Ed O’Neill was gifted with spectacular talents not just in acting, but also in athletics.
Before finding her career in the acting industry, Gina Joy Carano used to be fond of joining fighting sports. She started to train Muay Thai for years before bringing herself into the world of very competitive mixed martial arts, which is more commonly known as MMA. Because of her impressive skills and records as a mixed martial artist, she got invited to join the reality series “American Gladiators”. Now, Gina Carano is a well-known actress and model. She managed to maintain a consistent career after starring in various TV shows and films such as Haywire, Deadpool, The Mandalorian, and Fast & Furious 6.
Joel Edward McHale is known and loved by many for his enormous height and well-shaped body figure. Little did the world know that he used to shape that body of his back when he was still in college by being a football player and an excellent rower. Rowing is a sport where a team of people rows their boat altogether in order to win. Because of Joel’s undeniable talent in such a sport, the University of Washington offered him to be part of their rowing team. Joel was flattered by the invitation but still chose to join the football team of the university, Huskies. Now, Joel McHale is a famous actor, TV host, and comedian. He starred in different TV shows and films such as The Soup, Community, The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale, and The Great Indoors.
Did you know that the actor, Steven Frederic Seagal lived somewhere in Asia for a decade and a half? During those years, he managed to learn lots of martial arts – Aikido, Karate, Kendo, Judo, Shitō-ryū, Brazilian jiu-jitsu. After mastering mixed martial arts, Steven came back to his hometown in the United States and decided to establish a career in the acting industry. That was how he became the Steven Seagal we all know today. Currently, Seagal is a famous American actor, musician, producer, and martial artist. He starred in various films where he was able to showcase his skills in mixed martial arts such as Under Siege, Above the Law, Hard to Kill, and Out for Justice.
During his high school life, Thomas William Selleck was fond of basketball – it is undeniable because just by looking at his height measuring 6’4”, you could already see a great basketball player out of him. His skills in the sport were so impressive, he managed to attend the University of Southern California for college with a scholarship. What’s more amazing about him was his time management because he balanced his fraternity, basketball, and academics so well. Now, we all know Tom Selleck as a famous actor, producer, and veteran. You would want to check out some movies and shows he starred in such as Magnum P.I., Blue Bloods, Three Men and a Baby, and Quigley Down Under.
Did you know that the well-known comedian and commentator Joe Rogan possessed impressive skills in Taekwondo? During his younger years, he won several Taekwondo competitions all around the United States. After learning such martial art, he decided to learn other arts, too. That was why he managed to attain a black belt in both No-gi and Gi Jiu-jitsu. Among all of these skills, Joe found a comedian in himself which led him to join the industry and end up as the Joe Rogan we all love today. He starred in different films and TV shows such as Fear Factor, NewsRadio, Joe Rogan Questions Everything, and Zookeeper.
During high school, one of the things David Duchovny paid a lot of attention to was basketball. In fact, he managed to be the captain of Princeton High School’s junior varsity basketball team. He excelled well in basketball and in his academics. After playing, the thought of joining the acting industry came into his mind. He gave acting a shot and ended up as the David Duchovny we all know today. Now, he is a very famous actor, producer, writer, and director. If ever you would like to check out some of his films or TV shows, here are some suggestions: The X-Files, Evolution, and Californication.
Did you know that Uzoamaka Nwanneka “Uzo” Aduba was one of her school’s pride in the field of running? She attended Boston University and trained hard for her to excel as a sprinter. It seems like all of her hard work paid off because she finished college setting impressive records as a runner. Her highest record was created in a 55 long meter run that she circled for only 7.07 seconds. After her sprinting legacy, she tried to establish an acting career that worked for her as well because now, Uzo Aduba is a famous actress. She had her big hit when she played Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on the Netflix original series called “Orange Is the New Black”. Miss Virginia, Mrs. America, and Beats are some of the films and TV shows she starred in.
Before receiving lots of awards from the acting industry such as an Emmy Award and multiple Golden Globe Awards, Tony Danza used to receive awards in the form of belts in boxing. The actor was very intimidating every time he would step inside the boxing ring. Before acting, boxing served as his occupation. Now, Tony Danza is a very famous actor who starred in various TV shows and films such as Who’s the Boss?, Taxi, The Good Cop, and The Tony Danza Show.
With his height being 6’1”, it is evident that Denzel Hayes Washington Jr. used to engage himself in playing basketball. He used to study at Fordham University and joined their junior varsity basketball team. Denzel’s skills in basketball were very impressive. In every game, he never failed to finish with good statistics. Now, Denzel Washington has become a famous actor, producer, and director. Not only did he possess talents related to sports, but Washington also had tremendous skills in acting. The Equalizer, Training Day, Flight, and Man on Fire are some of his blockbuster movies.
Tommy Lee Jones
During his college days, Tommy Lee Jones was attending one of the most well-known Ivy-League schools in the United States, Harvard University. Tommy was gifted with fascinating skills in football. He was really a great football player and that became proven when he was able to join the Harvard Crimson Football Team. From 1966 until 1969, he was the team’s offensive guard. Their team brought a great legacy to Harvard in the world of Football. Tommy proving that he was really talented, he joined the acting industry. He proved something again – he could excel in acting. Now, Tommy Lee Jones is a very famous actor, screenwriter, director, and producer who received lots of awards after starring in different blockbuster films such as Men in Black, The Fugitive, No Country for Old Men, and U.S. Marshals.
Kevin James has always shared his past of being a wrestler to the world. During high school, he became a part of Ward Melville High School’s wrestling team. He competed in numerous competitions and won most of them. After being a wrestling star during high school, he decided to pursue acting. This experience made it easier for him to play wrestling-related roles in films. Now, Kevin James is a very well-known actor and comedian loved by many. He starred in various films and TV shows such as The King of Queens, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Grown Ups, and Here Comes the Broom.
Before finding success in the industry of acting, Thomas Mark Harmon used to play football for the University of California, Los Angeles. He made a tough decision to try establishing a career in the Hollywood industry and hoping to be a star. Lucky for him, his decision turned out to be a good one because he successfully managed to have a consistent career and even star in different movies and shows such as NCIS, Summer School, St. Elsewhere, Chicago Hope, and Freaky Friday. Today, Mark Harmon is living a happy and peaceful life with his wife, Pam Dawber and their two lovely kids named Sean Harmon and Ty Christian Harmon.
Vinnie Jones is the stage name used by Vincent Peter Jones who was born on the 5th of January 1965 in Watford, United Kingdom. Did you know that Vinnie Jones used to be a part of the Crazy Gang which was a nickname to Wimbledon’s Football Team? His experience in soccer made his role in the comedic film “EuroTrip” easy to play. Snatch, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Mean Machine, and X-Men: The Last Stand are some of the movies he starred in that you must check out. Today, Vinnie Jones is living his life as a famous celebrity and a former legendary professional football player.
Before pursuing a career in acting, Carl Weathers’ name was famous in different football leagues that he joined during his younger years when he played for the San Diego State Aztecs and eventually transferred to join the Oakland Raiders for him to be able to compete in a football league in Canada. Now, Carl Weathers has become an actor known by many. His career was boosted by his role in the series of films of Rocky. He also starred in different TV shows such as The Mandalorian, In the Heat of the Night, Chicago Justice, and Street Justice.
Before getting the offer to portray one of Marvel Cinematic Universe’s biggest superheroes, the Incredible Hulk, Louis Jude Ferrigno Sr. used to be a bodybuilder. It seems like Lou Ferrigno and the characterization of the Incredible Hulk were a match made in heaven because, to be honest, Lou has always been the crowd’s most favorite version of Hulk. Pumping Iron, The King of Queens, The Avengers, and The Adventures of Hercules II are some of the numerous films and TV shows Ferrigno has starred in. Currently, Lou Ferrigno is focusing on being a fitness trainer, a loving husband to his wife, Carla Ferrigno, and a caring father to his children named Louis Ferrigno Jr., Shanna Ferrigno, and Brent Ferrigno.
We met Jason Segel as the 6’4” tall guy in blockbuster films such as Sex Tape and unforgettable TV series such as How I Met Your Mother, Undeclared, and Freaks and Geeks. Back in his high school years, Jason used to be a basketball player. One of his proudest moments as a basketball player was when he won a dunk contest where he got the nickname “Dr. Dunk”. Now, Jason Segel has become an actor, comedian, and singer adored by many. Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Dispatches from Elsewhere, Bad Teacher, and The Five-Year Engagement are some of the films and shows the actor starred in aside from the ones already mentioned earlier.
Mahershala Ali has become a very successful actor and rapper. But did you know that everything that happened to him in the field of acting was not planned at all? He did not totally aspire to become an actor or even a rapper. Ever since he was a kid, all he wanted was to be a well-known basketball player. He had a chance to pursue that when he joined Saint Mary’s College Division I basketball team he was doing great until he reached the point where he could not bear with the treatment he had been experiencing anymore. He saw that as a sign and thought that maybe, he should try other things. He quit playing and started a career in acting. It was definitely one of the greatest decisions he had made because after starring in different TV shows and films such as True Detective, Luke Cage, Green Book, and House of Cards, he received multiple awards from the acting industry – a Golden Globe Award and two Academy Awards.
Channing Matthew Tatum started as a young boy who had always been a fan of football. As he grew up he had the chance to play such a sport. He competed in different leagues and eventually, he realized that joggling his studies with football was really difficult. He made a tough decision to quit playing and studying, as well. After that decision, people found Channing Tatum in different strip clubs. He managed to have multiple jobs and gigs until he was scouted and became an actor. He started slowly and was first seen on the big screens playing Jason Lyle in “Coach Carter”. Now, he is the actor and dancer Channing Tatum everybody loves. He starred in other films such as Step Up, Magic Mike, and 21 Jump Street.
Before bringing himself into Hollywood, Joshua David Duhamel found himself playing on the football pitch. He started playing quarterbacks for Minot State University’s football team. Now, Josh Duhamel is a famous actor who also used to be a supermodel. The actor starred in several shows and blockbuster films such as Life As We Know It, Safe Haven, When in Rome, and LAs Vegas.
At the age of 57, Jon Stewart surely looks like 20 years less. People have always loved Jon’s looks, humor, and other talents, but little did they know that their favorite comedian used to be a soccer player in his college days. He used to play for the soccer team of the College of William & Mary. He brought legacy to his school when he scored a game-winning goal that made them the champion of the Eastern College Athletic Conference that season. Today, Jon Stewart is known as a great host and stand-up comedian. The films and shows he starred in include The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Irresistible, and Rosewater.
We all met Sam Lowry Hunt as the famous singer and songwriter, but did you know how he got into the music industry? It all started when Sam started to play football for Middle State University. He was not playing badly, but he was also not playing well because of the lack of momentum given to him. Because of that, he transferred to the University of Alabama Birmingham and played his heart out. After his graduation, he already had all the courage to audition to be a part of the football team named Kansas City Chiefs. Unfortunately, he was rejected. He thought that maybe that was a sign to take another path. He immediately tried his luck in the music industry and he became successful. Body Like a Back Road, Hard to Forget, and Take Your Time are some of his songs that came off as hits.
During high school, Forest Steven Whitaker III was attending Palisades Charter High School and used to play for the school’s football team. As a football player, Forest really possessed impressive skills in the sport. Because of his spectacular performance in every game, he had been offered a spot in the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and play for their football team. Everything was already set for his college life until he suffered from a severe back injury. That was why he never got to Cal Poly Pomona. He also never got to play football anymore. After his recovery, he decided to pursue another career which led him to be the famous actor, producer, and director that he is today. Godfather of Harlem, The Shield, and Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior is some of the known films and TV shows Forest Whitaker has starred in.
Neil Oliver “Bing” Russell is Kurt Russell’s father. Bing Russell has always been Kurt’s role-model. He was one of the reasons why Kurt got himself into the industry of acting. Bing was a well-known baseball player who also influenced his son in playing the same sport during his younger years. As a baseball player, Kurt Russell was an impressive switch hitter. Today, he is a very famous actor who starred in numerous blockbuster movies such as Escape from New York, The Thing, The Hateful Eight, and Big Trouble in Little China. He is also a great father to his children named Wyatt Russell and Boston Russell.
The Michigan State All-American NFL player played nine seasons. Bubba Smith starred as Moses Hightower in the Police Academy movies and in Miller Lite commercials. The NFL star won a Super Bowl and was a valuable defensive end during his time.
The former linebacker of the New York Giants was loyal to his team playing g his entire career with them. Although his reputation is now a bit hindered he did star in Any Given Sunday, In Hell. He played himself on The Sopranos and in the football flick, The Waterboy.
Howie Long was a second-round pick in the 1981 NFL draft, selected by the Oakland Raiders. He became a star in multiple action films such as s Firestorm and Broken Arrow. Today he is a spokesman for several companies and is also a studio analyst.
Bob Uecker is a retired MLB catcher but is now an announcer for the Milwaukee Brewers. He starred as a parody of himself in the Major League trilogy and has most recently voiced in an episode of Futurama.
Formerly known as “The Hammer” during his football days, Fred Williamson has had a well-known career on the big screen as he played Diahann Carroll’s love interest in the sitcom Julia. He starred in a number of Blaxploitation movies like “Tough Guys,” “Three the Hard Way” and “That Man Bolt,” and has formed his own production company.
After 14 seasons as quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Terry Bradshaw is a football analyst and co-host on Fox’s NFL Sunday. He is thus far the only NFL star to have a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. He appeared in the 1978 film Hooper, 1981’s The Cannonball Run and in the film Failure to Launch.
Simpson is known for many things. His association with the Kardashians and of course his astounding football career. However, he acted as a security guard who saved a cat in Towering Inferno. He also played Officer Nordberg, opposite Leslie Nielsen, in all three seasons of the Naked Gun trilogy.
We are well aware of Arnold’s physique and size. The former bodybuilder broke into Hollywood in 1970 with the role of Hercules. He has a major acting streak and is often more known for his acting than his bodybuilder career.
Before becoming the star of musicals like Million Dollar Mermaid and Neptune’s Daughter, Williams won three national championships in breaststroke and freestyle as a teenager. Her favored photo includes her in multiple swimming scenes where the sets included a 90-foot square, 20-foot deep pool on the MGM lot. The scene was equipped with hydraulic lifts, hidden air hoses and special camera cranes for overhead shots
Jim Brown was titled as Sporting News’ “greatest professional football player ever.” He played for the Cleveland Browns but is also known for his role in The Dirty Dozen. He is out and about and in actual fact continues to act today.
Former Boston Celtics guard has a few acting positions on his resume. Ray Allen co-starred opposite Denzel Washington in Spike Lee’s 1998 drama, He Got Game. He also made an appearance in James Toback’s Harvard Man.
Olsen spent his entire career loyal to the Los Angeles Rams. He left for a career in commentating and acting as he played farmer Jonathan Garvey in Little House on the Prairie. He later played Father Murphy on an NBC series.
Ed Marinaro set more than 16 NCAA records whilst playing football at Cornell University. He even appeared in Super Bowl’s with the Minnesota Vikings and played for a few other teams. On the big screen, he is mainly given credit for 2006’s Circus Island, though he also appeared on ABC’s Laverne & Shirley, NBC’s Sisters and NBC’s Hill Street Blues.
Shaq is a master of many trades- basketball player, musician, actor and entrepreneur. He starred as titular genie Kazaam in the 1966 comedy. Although it cracked the Rotten Tomatoes “Worst 100” list, he still made it on the big screen.
We all know Jenner from the reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians however, Jenner broke the world record in the decathlon at the 1976 Olympics. As a result, the father made an appearance on a Wheaties cereal box cover too. Jenner replaced Erik Estrada on NBC’s highway patrol series CHiPs in the 1981-82 season.
The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar cameoed in Entourage as himself and also played a version of himself in Trainwreck. Trainwreck is directed by Judd Apatow and James stars opposite Bill Hader. We have no doubt there is more to come for this star.
Not only is MJ making headlines because of his Netflix documentary series but you may not know that he starred opposite Bugs Bunny and his Looney Tunes pals in 1996’s Space Jam. Marvin the Martian featured too. The movie managed to rake in $230.4 million at the worldwide box office.
Tina Fey used to play on the varsity squad lacrosse team when she was younger. The comedian and SNL star also used to be a star tennis player and in fact preferred this sport over the other. The actress and comedian was very active in high school.
Jamie Foxx was quite the basketball player and lover although he never went professional he still loves and plays the sport. However, his talents were set somewhere else. He played in a small league in L.A with some other famous individuals too.
Brad Pitt was a multi-sport athlete at his high school, Kickapoo High School in Missouri. He played football and baseball but a knee injury halted his future in the sports world. He was clearly meant for the big screen as his success speaks for itself.