Athletes Turned Actors

By: John Lester - Staff Writer
Published: Apr 23, 2021

Athletes Turned Actors. Many have tried but only a handful of professional athletes have become actors. We may not see them walk onto a stage and receive an Emmy or an Oscar but some have become very successful in their second careers.

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After Bob Ueker’s lackluster baseball career he made the most of it by making fun of himself and describing his experiences on the talk show circuit and then started appearing in several TV shows & movies. His line “Just a bit outside” from the move Major League is still a classic. He later was one of the main characters in the TV series Mr. Belvedere which aired from 1985 to 1990.

Athletes Turned Actors

It may be a little too early to tell if Rick Fox will have a really successful acting career. However, he has shown some real promise appearing in shows like HBOs Oz and in a couple of episodes of Ugly Betty.

Jason Lee is probably the one with the brightest future as an actor. Lee is just perfect as the character Earl Hickey in the TV series My Name is Earl which started airing in 2005. Lee also recently appeared in the movie Alvin and the Chipmunks and was also the voice of Underdog which was released in 2007.

Merlin Olson is best known for his series Father Murphy which lasted from 1981 to 1983. He also appeared in many episodes of Little House on the Prairie as the character Jonathan Garvey from 1974 to 1983.

Carl Weathers was perfect in the roll as Apollo Creed in the Rocky movies. He also has proven his acting ability in several TV series including Street Justice which aired from 1991 to 1993.


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