Emma Watson played what sport? Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was on scholarship at what school, playing what sport, before breaking into sports entertainment and then acting? Jon Stewart walked on where before rising to “Daily Show” fame? These athletes turned actors have quite the background stories.
While many people think that Hollywood actors simply “grow up in the biz” or are discovered, you’d be surprised at how many starred in a different way before hitting it big on small or silver screen.
Lets start our list of athletes turned actors with the one and only Arnold. Whether it’s from The Terminator franchise to Predator, nobody is quite king of the classic one-liners like the Austrian-born Arnold Schwarzenegger. But before gaining international fame as an action movie star, Arnold was a professional body builder. Fun fact: At 23, Schwarzenegger was the youngest ever to be crowned Mr. Olympia. But as you may recall, body building and acting isn’t all Arnold was capable of, as he also served two terms as Governor of California.