Top 10 Athletes Who Became Actors in Hollywood Movies

by Sameer Arshad | Posted on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 | 0

There are some very big name athletes from different sports categories who went on to become hollywood movie stars during or after their playing career. If you are looking for such a list, you are just at the right place. Today we take a look at top 10 richest athletes who turned actors and worked in movies and TV acting career.

1. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Net Worth: $300 Million

One of the most famous hollywood actor and now athlete turned actor turned Politicial. Mr. Schwarzenegger started his young professional career as a body builder and won many awards on international stage, he was Mr America for quite a number of years before he jumped into movie scene where he is the face of Terminator franchise, which was one of the highest grossing movie sequel of 90’s. Arnold Schwarzenegger has a total net worth of around $300 Million and now he plays an active role in California politics.

2. The Rock Dwayne Johnson

Net Worth: $45 Million

One of the most famous names to come out of Vince McMahon’s WWF/WWE professional wrestling franchise is The Rock, Dwayne Johnson has won World Wrestling Championship on several times and he started his movie career with a short role in “The Mummy Returns” and since than he has got into the movie business full time. His recent movies include Fast & Furious 5 and 6 while he is also part of 7th movie of the series. His total net worth is around $45 Million.

3. Mike Tyson

Net Worth: $40 Million

One of the all time greatest boxers to have grace the sport of boxing, Mike Tyson was and always been a animal inside and outside the ring. He declared bankrupcy back in early years of this millenium but got back to his feet with his acting roles in couple of movies. Most notably his short roles in Hangover 1 and 2.

4. Carl Weathers

Net Worth: $10 Million

Remember Appolo Creed in the “Rocky Movie” ? he was not a boxer in real life, but he started his professional career as a youngster in american football and although played less than 10 matches in NFL and a few more in Canadian football league he went on to enjoy a good solid acting career. His another famous role was in “Predator” movie. His total net worth is believed to be around $10 Million.

5. Bruce Lee

Networth: $10 Million.

The most iconic name to come from Asia to hollywood movies is Bruce Lee, he started as a professional Martial Arts fighter and took his career to next level with his acting career in United States. He made several high profile movies and all based on Martial Arts the most notable was Return of the Dragon which is considered as the best movie made in terms of Martial Arts till date. He died a few years ago.

6. Jason Lee

Net Worth: $15 Million

Another name from sports who made it big in hollywood is the former Skateboarder Jason Lee who has couple of high profile movies to his name and also part of a very successfull sitcom on American TV “My Name is Earl” where he gets around $125,000 per episode. Apart from his movies career he has a few endorsement deals through his skateboarding sport where he also earns alot.

7. Michael Jordan

Net Worth: $ 650 Million

Perhaps the most notable name to have come from sports to acting career is Michael Jordan, who started in the movie “Space jam” where he played himself and it earned him $20 just a for that role. Warner Bros movie Space Jam did not go too well in the books of critics but it was huge success on commersial basis and kids still like to watch that animated and real time movie.

8. Chuck Norris

Net Worth: $30 Million

Another Martial Arts athlete Chuck Norris went on to be come one of the most loved action hero in the movies and not many people know that he has a good successfull martial arts career behind him where he won “Fighter of the year award” by Black Belt Magazine.

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