15 Actors Who Were Once Athletes


There comes a time in every athlete’s life when they must call it quits and move onto pastures new, and for many, it seems acting is a popular avenue.

Here are 15 well-known actors who once competed in college and professional level sport. Some of the names may surprise you.

1. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Before Dwane “The Rock” Johnson became one of Hollywood’s highest-earning actors, the friendly giant was a budding football player who was on the roster of the University of Miami’s prestigious team. Yet Johnson’s dream of an NFL call-up became unrealised, and after a stint in the Canadian Football League, the then 23-year-old decided to pack it in all and pursue his first love; wrestling.

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The decision proved to be a wise choice for Johnson, who would go on to emulate and surpass his father’s wrestling career by becoming the face of the then World Wrestling Federation thanks to the heroics of his much-loved character The Rock. 

Today, you can see the multi-talented stud in several blockbusters as well as the HBO drama Ballers.