There’s no rule saying that one must attend acting classes before becoming a movie star, and there are so many naturally talented people out there, that pretty much everyone wants to give acting a shot. Waiters, musicians, newspaper boys, chefs – you name it! And, of course, some of the actors started out as athletes, growing muscles, and even rowing their boats (literally). Now those ex-jocks are in every third blockbuster, and their faces are used as avatars by millions of fans.
Here are 10 famous actors, who started out as athletes!
1) Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
Yes, believe it or not, the world famous WWE wrestler is the same Dwayne Johnson we all love seeing today! But did you know he was a member of a football team well before his WWE fame came along? He played for the Miami Hurricanes, then went PRO for the Calgary Stampeders.
2) Arnold Schwarzenegger
As you may’ve guessed, Arnie used to be a bodybuilder and even won the Mr. Universe championship at the age of 20, not to mention 7 Mr. Olympia titles, and different smaller accolades.
3) Burt Reynolds
Burt used to play for a Florida State football team, which probably helped him portray his character in “The Longest Yard.”
4) Jason Statham
Back in the day Jason was on the Britain’s National Diving Squad! Say what?