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    Rick Fox




    When Rick Fox landed in Los Angeles to play basketball for the Lakers, he found something else as well: a Hollywood career. When he wasn't helping the Lakers to three championships, he was seen in the HBO prison series "Oz." Since retiring from the NBA in 2004 , Fox has shown up in many TV series and movies, including "Ugly Betty" and "Meet the Browns."



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    Ed Marinaro




    1971 Heisman finalist Ed Marinaro left his six-year NFL career behind him and carried a badge - for seven years on "Hill Street Blues" as Officer Joe Coffey. Since 1978, Marinaro has appeared in dozens of TV series and movies, including "Blue Mountain State" and "Gift of Love: The Daniel Huffman Story."



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    Rampage' Jackson

    UFC fighter Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson reprised the role of B.A. Baracus, made famous by the legendary Mr. T, in a movie adaptation of the classic TV series "The A-Team." We pity the fool who didn't see it. (What, you thought we were going to pass on dredging up that reference?)






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    Joe Namath

    The Super Bowl III-winning quarterback did many TV guest spots and even had his own show, "The Joe Namath Show," as well as appearing on "The A-Team." On the big screen, his most famous project was "C.C. and Company," a 1970 film also starring Ann-Margret.








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    Terry Bradshaw

    FOX NFL broadcaster and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw has made many on-screen appearances as himself, but his most famous role was in "The Cannonball Run." He also had a cameo in "Smokey and the Bandit II."






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    Fred Dryer

    A first-round draft pick out of San Diego State in 1969, Fred Dryer enjoyed a 12-year NFL career with the New York Giants and L.A. Rams before retiring in 1981. Dryer took bit parts to earn his SAG card before landing the title role in "Hunter" from 1984 to 1991.








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    Alex Karras

    Former Detroit Lions defensive tackle Alex Karras starred alongside his wife, actress Susan Clark, in the TV series "Webster." He also had a classic role as the dimwitted Mongo in "Blazing Saddles."








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    Fred "The Hammer" Williamson

    The flamboyant Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Fred Williamson claimed he'd use his trademark forearm blows to knock Green Bay Packer receivers out of Super Bowl I, only to get knocked out himself. That ignominy didn't seem to hurt his subsequent acting career, as he appeared in several movies and TV shows, including "CHiPs" and "Pushing Daisies," and later became a producer and director.








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    Bubba Smith

    Former NFL defensive end Bubba Smith is best known cinematically for his role as Moses Hightower in all but one of the "Police Academy" films.








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    The Rock

    Dwayne Johnson played college and Canadian League football before becoming a pro wrestler known as The Rock. He scored his first leading role in a movie in 2002 with "The Scorpion King." He reportedly was paid the highest salary ever for an actor in his first starring role: $5.5 million.






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    Esther Williams

    A top American swimmer in the 1930s, Esther Williams was set to compete in the 1940 Olympics until they were canceled because of World War II. Instead, she joined a swimming show called Billy Rose's Aquacade, where she swam alongside Johnny Weissmuller and caught the eye of MGM talent scouts. She then made a series of "aquamusicals," movies that featured synchronized swimming and diving.








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    Andre the Giant

    The 7-foot-4, 540-pound former professional wrestler had several film roles, the best regarded of which came in the 1987 film "The Princess Bride." He died in 1993.








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    Howie Long

    FOX football analyst and Pro Football Hall of Famer Howie Long appeared in movies such as "Firestorm" and "3,000 Miles to Graceland." He also was in "That Thing You Do!" with Tom Hanks, but unless you've seen the extended cut, you wouldn't know it. The role got cut from the film's theatrical release.








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    Johnny Weismuller

    The best-known of the on-screen Tarzans (though he was actually the sixth actor to play the role) won five Olympic swimming gold medals and a bronze in water polo. 'Tarzan' wasn't his only movie role; Johnny Weissmuller also played a character called Jungle Jim in several films and a TV series. His last movie was "Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood" in 1976.





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    Bob Uecker

    "Mr. Baseball" made a post-diamond career out of poking fun at himself. The best-remembered of his acting credits is his role of George Owens on the '80s TV sitcom "Mr. Belvedere."








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