These Famous Celebrities Were Once Star Athletes

These Famous Celebrities Were Once Star Athletes

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Though commercial wrestling lacks the prestige of other professional sports, the performance element required lends itself particularly well to theatrics. It combines the power, flexibility, and competitiveness of sport with the entertainment of Hollywood, and the result has been financially rewarding for many wrestlers-turned-actors. However, few have achieved the success of the naturally charismatic, charming, and handsome Dwayne Johnson, who may be the gold standard for how to transition from celebrated athlete to mega movie star. Johnson, the author of The Rock Says and a third-generation wrestler with failed football dreams, made his debut in the WWF in 1996. However, he did not become “The Rock” until the following year. Though “The Rock” began as a villain, he has evolved into a beloved figure in the decades since.

Johnson made his film debut in The Mummy Returns in 2001, after appearing as himself on a couple of television series. This quickly led to a spin-off film, The Scorpion King, and a dual-acting and wrestling career until he left the WWE in 2004. Today, Johnson is one of the highest-paid movie stars in the world, has a television show based on his life, and has appeared in blockbuster franchises such as Fast & Furious and Jumanji. The star’s massive box office hits include Central Intelligence, >Skyscraper, San Andreas, Rampage, and Hobbs and Shaw.

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Author: Hailey Warren