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UFC Champ Ronda Rousey and boxing welterweight champ Victor Ortiz are the latest athletes to make the switch into movies and their debuting their new talents in Sylvester Stallone’s THE EXPENDABLES 3.  Past and present Expendables like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris Randy Couture and Terry Crews also come from the sports world, but these six are not the first.  Here are 20 athletes who made the leap to the big and small screen.

1._Chuck_Norris
1._Chuck_Norris
10._Jim_Brown
11._Carl_Weathers
12._Jason_Lee
13._Gina_Carano
14._Ed_Mariano
15._Shaquille_ONeal
16._Michael_Jordan
17._Bruce_Jenner
18._Arnold_Schwarzenegger_
19._Victor_Ortiz
2._Bubba_Smith
20._Ronda_Rousey
3.Lawrence-Taylor
4._Bob_Ueker
5._Fred_Williamson
6._Terry_Bradshaw
7._Lou_Ferrigno
8._Esther_Williams
9._Dwayne_the_Rock_Johnson

1.    Chuck Norris – Martial Arts Master
           The Delta Force, Missing in Action, The Way of the Dragon and Firewalker, The Expendables 2 and a series regular on CBS’Walker, Texas Ranger,

2.    Bubba Smith – NFL Baltimore Colts
           Police Academy, The Silence of the Hams and more.

3.    Lawrence Taylor – NFL NY Giants
           Any Given Sunday, In Hell, The Sopranos, The Waterboy

4.    Bob Ueker – MLB Catcher
           Major League trilogy, Futurama

5.    Fred Williamson – NFL
             Julia, Tough Guys, Three the Hard Way, That Man Bolt, Starsky and Hutch, Inglorious Bastards

6.    Terry Bradshaw – NFL Pittsburgh Steelers
           Hooper, The Cannonball Run, Failure to Launch

7.    Lou Ferrigno – Bodybuilding
           The Incredible Hulk, appeared in The Kings of Queens, Trauma Center and Supernatural

8.    Esther Williams – Swimmer
           Million Dollar Mermaid, Neptune’s Daughter, Jupiter’s Darling

9.    Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson  - Canadian Football League’s Calagry Stampeders & WWE
          The Mummy Returns, The Scorpion King, The Tooth Fairy, The Game Plan and Hercules.

10.    Jim Brown – NFL Cleveland Browns
            The Dirty Dozen, The Running Man

11.    Carl Weathers – NFL Oakland Raiders & Canadian Football League’s BC Lions
            Rocky films, Predator, Happy Gilmore

12.    Jason Lee – Professional Skateboarder
            NBC’s Up All Night, My Name is Earl, TNT’s Memphis Beat, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Almost Famous and more!

13.    Gina Carano – Muay Thai Fighter
              American Gladiators, Haywire, Fight Girls TV Series

14.    Ed Marinaro – NFL Minnesota Vikings, NY Jets & Seahawks

                 Circus Island, ABCS’s Laverne & Shirley, NBC’s Sisters, NBC’s Hill Street Blues, Spike’s Blue Mountain

15.    Shaquille O’Neal – NBA LA Lakers & Boston Celtics
              Kazaam, Blue Chips, Scary Movie 4, Jack and Jill

16.    Michael Jordan – NBA Chicago Bulls & Washington Wizards
               Space Jam, Almost Live!, Kenny Rogers Classic Weekend

17.    Bruce Jenner – U.S. Track and Field
                CHiPs

18.    Arnold Schwarzenegger – Bodybuilding
               Hercules in New York, Conan the Barbarian, Terminator, The Expendables 2 and The Expendables 3

19.    Victor Ortiz – Boxing
               The Expendables 3

20.    Ronda Rousey – UFC/MMA
              Fast & Furious 7, The Expendables 3

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