Famous actors who started out as athletes

LeBron James takes on his biggest acting role yet

Stars Insider

16/07/21 | StarsInsider

CELEBRITY Athletes-turned-actors

We've written before about the many celebrities who were student athletes before they became famous,  but there are also many actors who started out in professional sports before venturing into Hollywood. Indeed, some of them actually made it big in both sports and acting.

NBA superstar LeBron James has taken on a few small acting roles over the years, but his starring role in the 2021 'Space Jam' reboot is a major score for the basketball player. 'Space Jam: A New Legacy' sees James take on a similar role to that of Michael Jordan in the original. He gets trapped in digital space and teams up with Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Looney Tunes to take on the villains in a high stakes basketball game. Reviews say that James delivered a far better performance than his predecessor! 

From wrestlers to karate champions, and everything in between, in this gallery you'll get to know the other famous actors who started out as athletes. Check it out.


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