Top 10 Hollywood Actors Who Were Athletes



Take a moment to think back to your childhood. Did you dream of being an astronaut, a ballet dancer, or a professional athlete? These actors had a career in sports before they decided to pursue acting. Others quit sports entirely to concentrate on acting. These former athletes are now Hollywood stars!

10 Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson had been a professional wrestler before he became an actor. This is because, in his early films, such as The Scorpion King and The Scorpion King, people called him “The Rock”. He tried to use his real name but was still known by his nickname until 2008. Johnson was a former football player who received a full scholarship at the University of Miami to play defensive tackle.

Before sustaining a sports injury, he was a regular player. Johnson moved to Calgary to play Canadian soccer. He was cut mid-season and he went on to become a wrestler. Dwayne Johnson is confident and attractive today, but he was awkward as a teenager. Johnson confessed to eating cookies and doughnuts after school. This led to him breaking out. Johnson was also so large in high school that students believed he was an undercover officer.