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    Re: Athletes who tried to become enterainers

    John McEnroe hosted a reality TV.
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    Re: Athletes who tried to become enterainers

    Bubba Smith was in several movies.
    Merlin Olsen has already been mentioned. Both Olsen and his then Rams teammate Roman Gabriel appeared in John Wayne's "The Undefeated."
    Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale abandoned baseball in the spring of 1966 for acting, until the Dodgers came up with a bit more money.
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    Re: Athletes who tried to become enterainers

    Elroy Hirsch, a star runningback with the Rams in the 1950s, made several movies.
    Terry Bradshaw has been in a few movies.
    Jackie Robinson played himself in "The Jackie Robinson Story."
    "Hey...Dad. Wanna Have A Catch?" Kevin Costner in "Field Of Dreams."

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    Re: Athletes who tried to become enterainers

    John Wayne?

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    Rosey Greir was fanstastic in The Man with Two Heads.
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    Re: Athletes who tried to become enterainers

    Quote Originally Posted by Falls City Beer
    O.J. also appeared in "Capricorn One" (fake moon landing or some nonsense) and "The Towering Inferno" (ah, the ensemble cast).
    You are forgetting the crown jewel of OJ's acting resume:

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    Re: Athletes who tried to become enterainers

    who could forget Pete Rose's portrayal of Ty Cobb in tv's Babe Ruth?
    Bob Uecker and Pete Vuckovich were in Major League.
    Lou Gehrig was in a B-Western called Raw Hide.
    Danny Tartabull, Paul O'Neill and Joe Torre were on Seinfeld when George was working with the Yankees.

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    Johnny Bench tried his hand at signing country music with the predictable result
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    Re: Athletes who tried to become enterainers

    Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan...?
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    Re: Athletes who tried to become enterainers

    Ex-Bengal Mike Reid has had some success as a song writer, primarily in country music.
    "Hey...Dad. Wanna Have A Catch?" Kevin Costner in "Field Of Dreams."

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    Re: Athletes who tried to become enterainers

    Quote Originally Posted by MrCinatit
    Danny Tartabull, Paul O'Neill and Joe Torre were on Seinfeld when George was working with the Yankees.
    And, of course, Keith Hernandez and Roger McDowell in the famous "spitting" episode.

    But really, the intention was to talk more about guys who really tried to make a go of an entertainment career...not just guys making cameo apperances.

    That said...I loved Andre the Giant in The Princes Bride.
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    Re: Athletes who tried to become enterainers

    johnny bench has done a lot ov tv---look up imdb.com--even did an episode of mission impossible

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    Re: Athletes who tried to become enterainers

    Joe Namath briefly had a TV series and made a couple of movies, including "Norwood" with Glen Campbell and "C.C. and Company" with Ann Margret.
    Joe Namath was also in "Chattanooa Choo-Choo," quite possibly the best football-team-on-a-train movie of all time.
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    Re: Athletes who tried to become enterainers

    Quote Originally Posted by MrCinatit
    Bob Uecker
    Was great in Mr. Belvedere, as well as many beer commercials.


    Does Chuck Norris count?

    Drake Hogestyn of Days of Our Lives played minor league ball with the Yankees until an injury ended his playing career.

    Tony Danza was a boxer.

    Buster Crabbe won gold in the 400 metre freestyle at the 1932 Olympics.

    Rick Fox has appeared in a handful of films.

    Bob Hope started out as an amateur boxer. He also played some golf.

    Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini and Jake LaMotta have also done some film work.

    Who could forget Cam Neely as Sea Bass?

    And last, but not least, Fred "The Hammer" Williamson.
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    Re: Athletes who tried to become enterainers

    If you consider being a circus acrobat an athlete, then Burt Lancaster makes the list. He was an acrobat as a youth before suffering an injury.
    "Hey...Dad. Wanna Have A Catch?" Kevin Costner in "Field Of Dreams."


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