We always assume that actors are obsessed with doing films and TV from when they were very young, but this is not always the case. The following is a list of actors who started out obsessed with sports. Like Forest Whitaker. He is always that guy in movies and TV. Among his most impressive appearances, this dude has landed roles in Lee Daniels' The Butler, the TV series Empire and even Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior. Before all of that, however, Whitaker was a jock. He played football in high school and even earned a scholarship to play football in college. He eventually gave up sports, however, when he won two music scholarships.
Matthew Fox's most famous role to date is that in the TV series Lost. Most of us are still scratching our head over that ending but that's another story. Before his TV roles, Fox played football all through college at Columbia.
When we think of Steve Carell, we picture the goofy and geeky actor who gave us The 40-year-old Virgin and Dinner with Shmucks. We wouldn't necessarily think this guy is good at sports but he is, in fact, he played lacrosse in high school. Don't worry, you weren't that wrong in thinking Carell is as geeky as the rest of us. He once admitted to Conan O'Brien that he grew a mustache in high school, believing he would be more intimidating on the field. Hah.
No one would have predicted Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson would become the star he now is in Hollywood. At least, most of us wouldn’t have bet on him considering that this guy was doing wrestling only a couple of years ago. Before the acting and the wrestling, however, Johnson played football.
Denzel Washington is a respected actor in Hollywood. This guy even won an Oscar for Best Actor for his skills in Training Day back in 2002. But before his successful Hollywood career, Washington had another passion. He played basketball, but clearly never made it to the NBA.The NBA's loss is our gain.
George Clooney has been charming fans on screen and off screen for years now. It's hard not to like the guy, mostly because he doesn't take himself too seriously. Clooney isn't just a pretty face acting and directing movies and selling tequila companies for a billion dollars. When he was younger, the actor played baseball, and he even tried out for the Cincinnati Reds.
When we think of Emma Watson, we think of a woman with grace and with a good head on her shoulders. Someone girls can look up to as a modern feminist. We would never think of Watson as a jock, but that's exactly what she is as well. This actress played field hockey while attending Brown University.
Ed O'Neill has given us two of our favorite characters on TV. First, there was Al Bundy, the perpetually angry husband on Married With Children. These days, the guy plays a happier yet still grumpy husband on the hit show Modern Family. But before all of this, O'Neill was a football player in Ohio. He even earned a college scholarship thanks to his athletic skills.
Kurt Russell has a number of major movies under his belt during his 30 plus year acting career. As Goldie Hawn's husband, he's also one-half of one of the greatest couples in Hollywood, giving us "couple goals" every day of the week. Before all of this happened, Russell impressed baseball fans during his stint in minor league baseball.
Tommy Lee Jones and his enigmatic stare have been giving us chills for years now. This is the guy who made aliens believable thanks to his role in the Men In Black franchise. But Jones was a winner outside of Hollywood, too. The actor was "a standout football player at Harvard."
Jason Sudeikis has relied on his hilarious comedic timing to mark his presence in Hollywood. This guy is funny enough to have captured the heart of Olivia Wilde, after all. But this actor is not just funny, he's also super athletic. Sudeikis used to play basketball in high school.
Jason Statham could make any woman lose her breath with his good looks. Turns out, this guy could actually teach his fans a thing or two about controlling their breathing. This is because the actor was a member of the British National Diving Squad before his start in movies.
Not in a million years would we think that lanky and goofy Ashton Kutcher could ever play a rough game of football. But that's exactly what he did all through high school. Kutcher played football at Clear Creek Amana High School in Homestead, Iowa. I would never have guessed this one.
Mark Harmon has had a long career on TV and he looks like he's here to stay. Harmon has played doctors on St. Elsewhere and ChicagoHope. These days, he's famous for his role on NCIS, which has been on, well, since forever. But Harmon is more than a successful TV actor. This guy was once a quarterback for the UCLA Bruins.