Television | Cinema | Famous actors who shone in elite sport

Throughout the history it has been common to see famous athletes who have made the leap to big screen or to TV. Characters the likes of Michael Jordan (‘Space Jam’) or Shaquille o’neal (‘Scary Movie 4’) they dared with the interpretation and it was not bad at all. Further back in time, the cases of the controversial OJ Simpson (‘Grab it however you can’) or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (‘Land as you can’ or more recently ‘The Big Bang Theory’).

Less frequent are actors famous people who in the past did well in the world of sport. But there are high-profile examples even of Olympic medalists. Check out in the gallery below the stories of famous actors who made their first steps in world-class sports before their success on the big screen or on TV.