15 Actors Who Were Once Athletes


2. Jason Statham

Before Jason Statham found success in Hollywood, the British hardman wasn’t, as many people believe, a cockney gangster. He was actually a professional diver.

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Statham was, by his own admission, a bit of wheeler-dealer (he’d often sell fake perfume and jewelry on street corners to help make ends meet), yet his dedication to his diving career eventually paid off after he was scouted as a model for the fashion brand French Connection. Soon after, Statham met the film director Guy Ritchie who would give Statham his first break as an actor.

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