Transitioning from athletics to acting can be a bumpy road, but there have been plenty of action stars who used to be athletes over the years in Tinseltown. For every Dennis Rodman and Shaquille O'Neal, you have genuinely prolific former athletes turned actors like Jason Statham and Terry Crews proving you can pivot careers later in life. And these aren't just athletes showing off acting chops, either; these are athletes who use their innate athletic abilities to become action heroes on the big screen.
And before you get all in a tizzy, yes, we are including professional wrestling as a sport on this list. They are athletes. You may not like it, you may argue the merits of it, but until you can pull off the feats that people like Dwayne Johnson, Ronda Rousey, and John Cena could pull in the ring, you can just zip it. Get ready to feel inadequate in multiple ways as we reminisce on some of the action star athletes who were able to succeed at both athletics and acting.