Gina Carano, Jason Statham, and Arnold Schwarzenegger are among the professional athletes who have made their way to becoming Hollywood stars.
Gina Carano is a well-known American actress who has starred in popular movies like “Haywire” and “Fast & Furious 6”. Prior to her acting career, Carano was a professional Muay Thai fighter who competed in MMA tournaments. Throughout her career, she achieved the rank of third place on the world female MMA rankings.
During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Jason Lee was a professional skateboarder. In 1992, he co-founded Stereo Skateboards with his friend Chris Pastras, a company that produces skateboards and sponsors skateboarding teams.
Lee developed an interest in acting from 1992 to 1994, where he landed supporting roles in various films. He gained recognition through his appearances in “Heartbreakers,” “My Name Is Earl,” and “The Incredibles.”
Another notable individual is Dwayne Johnson.
Before rising to fame as a renowned film actor through his roles in hit movies like “Pain & Gain” and “Fast & Furious 7”, Dwayne Johnson was a professional football player and mixed martial artist.
During his school days, Johnson played football for the University of Miami before joining the Calgary Stampeders in Canada. In his MMA career, he won 17 WWE championships and is considered one of the greatest wrestlers of all time.
4. Jason Statham
Jason Statham, the star of movie series such as “The Transporter” and “The Expendables”, had a past as a professional diver. Prior to his acting career, Statham spent several years competing for the British diving team and even placed 12th at the World Championships in 1992. Another famous actor with an athletic background is Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, the star of blockbuster movies such as “Terminator”, “Total Recall”, and “The Expendables 3”, is renowned as one of the world’s top bodybuilding experts. Throughout his career, he has won the Mr. Universe title five times, seven Mr. Olympia championships, and numerous other prestigious individual awards in the field of bodybuilding.