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List of professional athletes turned actors, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several professional baseball players, basketball players, and football players have appeared in popular films and TV series. Some of these athletes prefer to appear in comedies while others take roles in more dramatic projects. Several famous body builders and wrestlers have gne on to become action stars.

Who is the most famous athlete turned actor? Arnold Schwarzenegger tops this list. The Professional body builder has appeared in such films as The Terminator and Predator. Professional wrestler Dwayne Johnson has appeared in such films as Pain & Gain and the Fast & the Furious series. NFL player Carl Weathers has appeared in such films as Rocky and Predator, as well as on the TV series “Arrested Development.”

Professional skateboarder Jason Lee has appeared in such films as Almost Famous and Vanilla Sky. Professional soccer player Vinnie Jones has appeared in such films as Snatch and Swordfish, as well as the on TV series "My Name is Earl."

Which former athlete do you think is the best actor? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 50+ Professional Athletes Turned Actors
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Professional body builder Arnold Schwarzengger has appeared in such films as The Terminator and Predator.

Age: 69

Birthplace: Thal, Austria

Profession: Bodybuilder, Television director, Businessperson, Politician, Investor, + more

Credits: The Terminator, Predator, Total Recall, Pumping Iron

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Anna Kournikova is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 50+ Professional Athletes Turned Actors
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Tennis player Anna Kournikova has appeared in Me, Myself & Irene.

Age: 35

Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Profession: Tennis player, Model, Athlete

Credits: A Date with Anna, Anna Kournikova - Basic Elements: My Complete Fitness Guide, Anna Kournikova Smash Court Tennis, The Biggest Loser

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Fred Dryer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 50+ Professional Athletes Turned Actors
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NFL player Fred Dryer has appeared in such films as Stray Bullet and The Independent.

Age: 69

Birthplace: Hawthorne, California, USA

Profession: Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, + more

Credits: Cannonball Run II, Gus, Hunter, Mickey's 60th Birthday, Death Before Dishonor, + more

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Roddy Piper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 50+ Professional Athletes Turned Actors
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Professional wrestler Roddy Piper has appeared in such films as Clear Lake and The Portal.

Age: 62

Birthplace: Saskatoon, Canada

Profession: Wrestler, Actor, Voice acting

Credits: They Live, Hell Comes to Frogtown, Sci-fighters, Portal to Hell!!!

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