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Athletes who've dabbled in acting

Published On: Jun 10 2011 01:41:14 PM PDT   Updated On: Mar 17 2014 11:00:00 PM PDT

College basketball greats Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Jordan are just some of the athletes who've also challenged themselves on the set, making appearances in movies and television shows. Take a breather from tourney action and check out some more.

acting athletes - Julius Erving
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Julius Erving, otherwise known as Dr. J, made his acting debut in 1979's "The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh" while playing for the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers. He's had a handful of roles since, mostly playing himself in TV show cameos.

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