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Acting and sports have a lot in common. It takes a ton of body control to do either, both are consumed by millions, and the biggest stars usually have a ton of charisma. These are the athletes who broke out of their sports and became big stars in Hollywood.

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Sport: Basketball

Team: Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers

Appeared In: Airplane!, The Game of Death, Diff’rent Strokes, 21 Jump Street, The Stand, Martin

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Sport: Baseball

Teams: Milwaukee Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves

Appeared In: Major League, Mr. Belvedere, Fatal Instinct

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Sport: Soccer

Teams: Auxerre, Marseille, Nimes, Leeds United, Manchester United

Appeared In: Elizabeth, The Salvation, Looking for Eric, You and the Night, The Mad Kings, Inhuman Resources

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Sport: Football

Teams: Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers

Appeared In: The Naked Gun franchise, The Towering Inferno, The Cassandra Crossing, A Killing Affair

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Sport: Karate, Kickboxing

Appeared In: Raising Arizona, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Uncommon Valor, Walker, Texas Ranger, Ernest Goes To Jail

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Sport: Football

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers

Appeared In: Married… With Children, Modern Family, Finding Dory, Wreck-It Ralph, The Bone Collector, Dragnet

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Sport: Football

Teams: Cleveland Browns

Appeared In: Mars Attacks!, Any Given Sunday, The Running Man, The Dirty Dozen, CHiPS, Rio Conchos, Knight Rider

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Sport: Professional wrestling

Appeared In: The Suicide Squad, Blockers, Ferdinand, The Daddy’s Home franchise, Tour de Pharmacy, Barbie

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Sport: Soccer

Teams: Wealdstone, Wimbledon, Leeds United, Sheffield United, Chelsea, Queens Park Rangers

Appeared In: Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, The Midnight Meat Train, X-Men: The Last Stand, Tooth, Galavant

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Sport: Football

Teams: New York Giants, Los Angeles Rams

Appeared In: Hunter, Land’s End, Death Before Dishonor, Cheers, The Kid from Nowhere

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Sport: Football

Teams: New York Giants, Los Angeles Rams

Appeared In: Half Nelson, The Thing with Two Heads, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Daniel Boone, In Cold Blood

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Sport: Swimming

Appeared In: Neptune’s Daughter, Take Me Out to the Ball Game, Million Dollar Mermaid, A Guy Named Joe, This Time for Keeps

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Sport: Football

Teams: Oakland Raiders, BC Lions

Appeared In: The Rocky franchise, Predator, Arrested Development, Action Jackson, In the Heat of the Night, Happy Gilmore

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Sport: Football

Teams: Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders

Appeared In: Broken Arrow, Firestorm, 3000 Miles to Graceland, King of the Hill

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Sport: Basketball

Team: Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers

Appeared In: Oz, Shameless, Dope, He Got Game, Greenleaf, Mr. Box Office

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Sport: Bodybuilding

Appeared In: The Terminator franchise, Last Action Hero, Conan the Barbarian, Junior, Predator, True Lies, Total Recall

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Sport: Professional wrestling

Appeared In: The Princess Bride, The Six Million Dollar Man, Zorro, Trading Mom

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Sport: Football

Teams: New York Jets, Los Angeles Rams

Appeared In: C.C. & Company, The Wedding Ringer, Norwood, The Brady Bunch, Chattanooga Choo Choo, The Last Rebel

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Sport: Swimming, Water Polo

Appeared In: Tarzan the Ape Man, Tarzan’s New Adventure, Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood, Jungle Jim

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Sport: Boxing

Appeared In: Don Jon, Who’s the Boss?, Taxi, Angels in the Outfield, Baby Talk

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Sport: Football

Teams: Baltimore Colts, Oakland Raiders, Houston Oilers

Teams: The Police Academy series, Good Times, Married… With Children, The Coach, Blood River

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Sport: Professional wrestling

Appeared In: They Live, Hell Comes to Frogtown, Jungleground, Portal to Hell!!!, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

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Sport: Skateboarding

Appeared In: Almost Famous, Alvin & the Chipmunks, Chasing Amy, Vanilla Sky, My Name is Earl, Mallrats

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Sport: Football

Teams: Houston Oilers, Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs, Washington, Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders

Appeared In: The Goonies, The Ice Pirates, Half Nelson, Caveman, M*A*S*H, Hollywood Beat

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Sport: Diving

Appeared In: Crank, Hobbs & Shaw, The Meg, The Beekeeper, The Transporter Series, Collateral

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Sport: Basketball

Teams: Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics

Appeared In: Kazaam, Steel, The Lego Movie, Scary Movie 4, Blue Chips, Southland, Grown Ups 2

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Sport: Professional wrestling

Appears In: Suburban Commando, Rocky III, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Mr. Nanny, Goldie and the Bears, No Holds Barred

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Sport: Football

Teams: Detroit Lions

Appeared In: Blazing Saddles, Webster, Centennial, Porky’s, M*A*S*H

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Sport: Football

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs

Appeared In: From Dusk Till Dawn, M*A*S*H, Starsky & Hutch, Fast Track, Julia, Hammer, Mean Johnny Barrows

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Sport: MMA, Wrestling

Appeared In: The Expendables 3, Furious 7, Mike 22, 9-1-1, Entourage

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Sport: Football

Teams: Los Angeles Rams, Green Bay Packers, San Diego Chargers, Rhein Fire, Washington, Philadelphia Eagles

Appeared In: Brooklyn Nine-Nine,

The Expendables, White Chicks, Idiocracy, The Longest Yard

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Sport: MMA

Appeared In: Fast & Furious 6, Deadpool, The Mandalorian, Scorched Earth, Extraction

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Sport: Football

Teams: Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers

Appeared In: Fire with Fire, Crown Heights, Sylvie’s Love, When the Streetlights Go On, The Good Nurse

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Sport: Hockey

Teams: Vancouver Canucks, Boston Bruins

Appeared In: Dumb and Dumber, Stuck on You, Me, Myself & Irene, Rescue Me

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Sport: Professional wrestling/MMA

Appeared in: The Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, Spectre, Blade Runner 2049, Hotel Artemis, Stuber, Dune, Glass Onion

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Sport: Football

Teams: Sacramento Mountain Lions

Appeared In: Tenet, BlacKkKlansman, Malcolm & Marie, The Creator, Amsterdam, Ballers

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Sport: Basketball

Teams: Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks

Appeared In: Double Team, Simon Sez, The Comebacks, Air Force Z, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Cutaway

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Sport: Football, Baseball

Teams: Canton Bulldogs, Cleveland Indians (football), Oorang Indians, Rock Island Independents, New York Giants (football), Tampa Cardinals, Chicago Cardinals, New York Giants (baseball), Cincinnati Reds, Boston Braves

Appeared In: Trailin’ West, Code of the Mounted, Off His Base, They Died with Their Boots On

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Sport: Football

Teams: Los Angeles Rams

Appeared In: Little House on the Prairie, Mitchell, The Undefeated, Father Murphy

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Sport: Football/Professional wrestling

Appeared In: The Scorpion King, Doom, Tooth Fairy, San Andreas, Central Intelligence, Skyscraper, Red Notice

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