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Famous Actors Who Got their Break From Sports

There will always be a close link between sports and the entertainment industry. Sports and entertainment are almost one and the same thing, this is because you will be performing for an audience. And sports players love to play up to an audience, both on and off the field. In fact, you might even say that sports prepares a player, who shows character to the fans and media, for the entertainment industry.

Therefore, the moment you get a wide fan base as a sportsman, the entertainment industry will use that to get more people to watch their productions. This is a marketing technique that has been used in Hollywood very successfully over the years.

Here are some famous Hollywood actors who started off as sportsmen.

Dwayne Johnson ( aka ” The Rock ” )

Dwayne Johnson always seems to fit into the football player role easily. Of course it helps when you’re large, strong, and agile. And, consequently, he was actually a football player prior to being a major movie star. According to, Johnson played defence in the 1991 Miami Hurricanes football team. His team won the national title that year and was one of the most solid teams in American football.

However, “the Rock” did not get drafted into the American National Football League after an injury. After, he went on to play in the Canadian football league with the Calgary Stampeders.

The man of many talents went on to join the World Wrestling Entertainment which leveraged him into being a famous Hollywood actor. Some of Johnson’s movies include the Fast and the Furious movie sequels, fighting with my Family, Tooth fairy, The Game Plan which shows his football history prowess.

Danny Trejo

Definitely one of my favorite actors to watch. Life started out rough for Danny, which landed him behind bars, where he became a Championship boxer. The boxing skill landed him a job, making $320 a day, training Eric Roberts for the movie Runaway Train. Since then he’s been in numerous movies, most of which he played the bad guy who ends up dying, sometimes not even making it out of the first half of the movie.

Always in demand, Danny has been involved in Predators, Anaconda, The Replacement Killers, among others, and even had stints in comedies and as the lead actor in his own movies like Bad Ass and Machete.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Before he became the terminator and later governor of the US, Schwarzenegger was actually a bodybuilder. Talk about coming a long way! Online casinos even created casino games based on him, “The Terminator Slot”. The governor seems to be a winner in every single thing he does. At age 20, Schwarzenegger won Mr Universe. He is also a holder of seven Mr Olympia titles and other numerous bodybuilding titles he competed for.

Later, he started his acting career and feature in films like Conan the Barbarian, the Terminator, Predator and Total Recall. All which made people even love him more.

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