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Sports stars have a lot in common with movie stars. They both have fan followings, attract huge media coverage and attend the A-list parties. They also tend to have great bodies and physical skills that look good on film. Some top jocks have tried to capitalize on their fame in the sports arena to seek roles on the Hollywood set. But just because you’re a celebrity athlete doesn’t mean you can act. Once in a while, though, someone manages to shine both in the stadium and on the big screen. Here are fifteen athletes turned actors, with varying degrees of success.

1. Jason Lee Was Once a Promising Pro Skateboarder

You probably know Lee as the comedic actor from My Name Is Earl and Alvin and the Chipmunks. However, he has a hidden talent you may not know about. He was once a professional skateboarder, giving Tony Hawk a run for his money back in the 1980s and 90s. He co-founded Stereo Skateboards and is still involved with the company today. While he has built an impressive acting resume over the last decade or so, Lee is still a passionate skateboarder.

Jason Lee skateboarding
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2. Bruce Lee Could Kick Your Butt On Screen and Off

Brue Lee was one of the more successful athlete/actor crossover stars. His move from martial artist to movie artist was a natural fit. Film buffs still regard his Way of the Dragon to be the best martial arts film of all time. Not only was Lee a legendary fighter, his acting chops weren’t bad either – at least within that niche. Sadly, he passed away in his prime at age 32.

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