As a kid, Sean Connery grew up strong in a rough district of Scotland slums. On the streets, they called him Tommy. He has made a formidable impression playing tag or soccer. Later he joined the Dunedin Weightlifting Club to impress the ladies. Mission accomplished! His weightlifting blokes were so impressed they nominated him for Mr. Universe. Connery traveled to London to compete. He scored a medal and was discovered by the producers of the Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” musical.
Already pro grade at soccer, by age 23, he was set to become a professional footballer or an actor. Spoiler alert, he chose the latter. After a handful of minor roles on British TV and film, Connery scored his big break as James Bond. On Halloween 2020, the sports and acting legend passed away peacefully in his sleep.
At Princeton and Yale, David Duchovny honed his literary skills, procuring some acclaim as a poet until he left doctoral studies behind to act full-time. After two years of small parts, Duchovny landed the DEA role on Twin Peaks, which led to his immense popularity in the 1990s with The X-Files. (And, again, more recently as the extra-ordinary series was rediscovered by the younger gens).
Like Agent Mulder, he and Scully chase paranormal phenomena and crack conspiracy theories. But, honestly, if he didn’t make it as an actor, his next choice would have been professional basketball or baseball. At Princeton, he played shooting guard for the varsity basketball team, and he manned centerfield for the JV baseball team.
Truly a legend in every way, Bruce Lee transcended martial arts. The Hong Kong-born phenomenon began as a child actor in his hometown. At 18, already a master in martial arts, he moved to the U.S and began teaching it. Channeling his Chinese heritage, Bruce Lee became a major influence in what was later to be developed as MMA (mixed martial arts) and has been celebrated for bridging the gap between the east and the west.
His iconic roles in martial arts movies like the 1972 film Way of the Dragon and 1973’s Enter the Dragon have even been credited with changing the way Americans perceived Chinese people, which before was weak and cowardly.
To say that the pop queen was an accomplished athlete before her music career is quite the statement, as the singer hit it big at the tender age of 16. The Oops I Did It Again singer was playing high school basketball, and things looked pretty promising. Did we have a potential WNBA star on our hands? Britney still shoots hoops and even loves to share it on Twitter. In a post in 2017, you can see queen Britney dunk quite a few in a row.
Now that her music career has slowed down, we wonder if she is having second thoughts. Everyone needs their second shot in the spotlight, and while she's had a few, maybe this could be another one.
Like many of the more charismatic wrestlers to come out of the WWE, Hulk Hogan was one of those lucky ones who transitioned into film. His wrestling career is jaw-dropping. Hogan won his first WWF Heavyweight Championship belt in 1984 after defeating the Iron Sheik, holding his title for four years. He also won the Royal Rumble twice in a row in 1990 and 1991, becoming the first to win consecutive rumble matches.
Given the many theatrics that's involved in the world of wrestling, this transition was made pretty smoothly. Of course, it helped that during the peak of his wrestling career, his face was just about every product in supermarkets and toy stores. The wrestler made his debut appearance Rocky III in 1982 in the role of Thunderlips. He then continued doing many more TV and film roles such as Thunder in Paradise, Texas Ranger, Mr. Nanny. and more.