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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 - Vinnie Jones
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Retired British soccer player Vinnie Jones has capitalized on his tough guy image to play mostly hooligans and criminals during an acting career that includes roles in "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels," "Snatch," "Gone in 60 Seconds" and "X-Men: The Last Stand."

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