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Best & worst athletes turned actors

Posted: Friday, July 20, 2012 | 10:43 AM

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Former Boston Bruin Cam Neely, shown in this 2006 photo with actor Denis Leary, has starred in his fair share of movies and TV shows. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images) Former Boston Bruin Cam Neely, shown in this 2006 photo with actor Denis Leary, has starred in his fair share of movies and TV shows. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

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While the Summer Games come just once every four years, there is always one constant during this balmy season: blockbuster movies. But athletics and the dramatic arts aren't mutually exclusive, as shown by our list featuring the best and worst thespian-jocks.
While the Summer Games come just once every four years, there is always one constant during this balmy season: blockbuster movies. But athletics and the dramatic arts aren't mutually exclusive, as shown by our list featuring the best and worst thespian-jocks:

Best: Cam Neely - one of the NHL's best power forwards made a name for himself with hard hits and a wicked wrist shot, but he also dabbled in film, with roles in TV shows (Rescue Me) and movies, including cameos in Mighty Ducks 2, Monument Ave., but his most famous role is arguably "Seabass" in Dumb and Dumber.

Worst: Hulk Hogan - Let's look away from his movies where he does his own thing as a pro wrestler (Rocky, No Holds Barred) and focus on such disasterpieces as Mr. Nanny, Santa with Muscles, and Suburban Commando:



Best: Carl Weathers - The NFL and CFL veteran landed acting roles such as Apollo Creed in the Rocky franchise and in Predator with Arnold Schwarzenegger. But his best turn may have come playing himself (well, by name, anyway) as a frugal acting coach in cult-favourite TV show Arrested Development:



Best: Ray Allen -  In He Got Game, opposite Denzel Washington, Allen proved that not all basketball players were bereft of acting talent. He was nominated for a breakthorugh actor award (albeit an MTV Movie Award, but hey, it still counts, right?) for his portrayal as Jesus Shuttlesworth.

Worst: Dennis Rodman - Let's give "The Worm" the benefit of the doubt - Ray Allen played a basketball player and got to work with Denzel Washington. In Double Team, Rodman played an arms dealer and acted alongside Jean Claude Van Damme:



Best: Bob Uecker - His role as the long-suffering play-by-play man in the Major League franchise (well, the first two, anyway) added some bitter comic relief.

Worst: Shaquille O'Neal - The Big Diesel is certainly a hilarious guy,  but it seems in his movies (aside from Blue Chips), you were laughing at him and not with him. For example, his genie rhymes in Kazaam:



Best: Keith Hernandez - The Mets star had a cameo role on Seinfeld in 1992, and helped Kramer and Newman put to bed a conspiracy theory they had been trying to solve for years:

Worst: Rosey Grier - The former NFLer and bodyguard to American presidential hopeful Bobby Kennedy starred (a term used very loose in this case) in the movie The Thing With Two Heads, which should have never, ever been made:



Best: Steve Nash - Not seemingly satisfied with showing his dominance on the court (picking up two NBA MVP trophies), the Victoria, B.C. native also wanted to show off his creativity in front of the camera. While he may not have a major motion picture or TV credits, he certainly makes work for himself in a variety of commercials and spoof videos.

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No matter what we think, there are some "professional actors" out there that think athletes and acting should never mix. Let's finish this list off with a message from acting icon Gary Oldman:


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