It’s not surprising that Denzel Washington’s son is making it big in acting. What is surprising is that John David Washington was a successful football player before hitting Hollywood. While he may have some big shoes to fill, he looks as if he is filling them just fine!
After four seasons with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League, the young actor jumped into the critically acclaimed “BlacKkKlansman,” alongside the incredibly talented Adam Driver. We’re definitely waiting for Washington.
Before Jason Statham played the bad guy in a string of action flicks, he was one of the world’s top high divers competing in the British National Diving squad for 12 years. He did some male modeling to make ends meet. And then he ran into Guy Ritchie. Fortune struck. When Ritchie met Statham, he was inspired to write the role that launched the career of the strapping Brit to the stars—Bacon, in Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels. Statham maintains his strength training in martial arts.
His athleticism allows him to perform many of his own stunts. One practically killed him. While filming Expendables 3, the brakes on the truck, he was driving failed. He plunged into the Black Sea and nearly drowned.
Here’s someone for whom fortune knocked twice. Chuck Norris, a martial arts champion, was a karate instructor for Steve McQueen before hitting the big screen. In fact, it was McQueen who talked him into a Hollywood career. Norris picked up karate in Korea while serving the U.S. Air Force in the 1950s. The point is, he does not only play a fighter on TV, but he is also an undefeated martial arts champion since 1968.
Check out this skill set: Norris holds a black belt in Tang Soo Do, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and Judo. That makes three black belts. Plus, he developed his own fighting method called Chun Kuk Do. In the film, those self-defense moves have venerated the man into a mythological legend. Perhaps you’ve seen him in action in Good Guys Wear Black, Code of Silence, or The Delta Force?
André the Giant
The famous pro-wrestler André René Roussimoff became massively popular between the 1970s and 1980s for his incredible height. Standing at 7’4,” he kind of looked like another species. His freakish stature earned him the nickname André, the Giant. Makes sense. After his wrestling career, his foreboding appearance landed him in many movies as a villain.
Naturally, he appeared alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in Conan the Destroyer, but it wasn't until he got to star in The Princess Bride that he became the most popular giant on screen ever. His character Fezzik was the one giant obstacle to cherished Westley. That performance garnered him worldwide fame.
Can you imagine Ellen DeGeneres in anything other than a white suit, sitting on a white couch? Even going back years to her sitcom and standup days, it's almost impossible to imagine Ellen doing anything that's not throwing little funny and endearing quips at her enthusiastic audience.
Once upon a time how the beloved comic was actually trying out for a tennis career, clearly her sport of choice as they tend to favor a white dress code. The comedienne even appeared in the odd celebrity tennis tournament, playing once against tennis star Naomi Osaka and basketball legend Michal B.Jordan.