Many actors started out as athletes, yet that is not something commonly known for most of them. Many of them were amateurs, some professionals, competing in various sports. Had you known that, and had online betting existed at the time, you could’ve found an online bookmaker to bet on your favorite actors-to-be, along with the various sports at GiveMeBet using their to-be-announced promo code so you can make the most out of your bet.
Muscular actors exist nowadays, some even get buffed for roles, specifically, others just live that way. Muscular does not mean that they were athletes prior to their career, though some were. Here are some of the most athletic actors in history.
The Terminator was a well-known bodybuilder prior to his acting career. He wasn’t only a bodybuilder, but one who has a lot of titles under his name. He has 7 Mr. Olympia titles and 3 Mr. Universe, including 1 Mr. Universe for amateurs. Apart from his astonishing bodybuilding career, he proceeded to be an actor and made it big through movies like the Terminator, Predator and Total Recall. Later on, in 2003, he assumed the position of governor of California. In 2011, he went back to acting and took part in various movies, including the Expendables series. Even today, at the age of 71, you can see him in the gym, regularly, hitting it hard like he used to.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
The Rock is one of Hollywood’s most notable actors, as in, you cannot really miss the tall and muscular figure. Most would assume that this tall muscular man was a bodybuilder but they would’ve been wrong. His professional career had nothing to do with bodybuilding, but rather American football. He played on the defensive line and due to an injury, was not able to be drafted into the NFL. His rise to stardom started through the WWE where he assumed the persona of The Rock. Hollywood greeted him with open arms, staring in movies like The Fast and the Furious and San Andreas.
Prior to seeing this British star act in some of the best action movies, what you didn’t know, most likely, is that he used to be a professional diver. He was a member of the National Diving Squad and competed for England at the 1990 Commonwealth Games. He was part of the National Diving Squad for 12 years. From the year 2000 to 2010, he stared in various action movies like the Transporter and later on, the Expendables.
It’s no wonder that many action movie stars were athletes, but did you know that before he was an Academy award winner, Forest Whitaker was also a football player. Back in college, he used to be a quarterback, and his world might have been different had he not sustained an injury. This injury pushed him towards acting.
These are but a few of the many actors who were also athletes prior to their careers in Hollywood. There certainly are more of them, much more, believe it or not.