The Worst Athlete Actors

We’re not talking about commercials or endorsements: these athletes acted in movies. And they were really bad.

1. Shaq

Not even a question. There might have been worse individual performances than Shaq, but no other athlete has had such a high ratio of screen time to acting talent.

Credits: Kazzam, Blue Chips, Steel

2. Dennis Rodman

Yes, that is a picture of Dennis Rodman playing basketball with a little person. No, you will not be disappointed by how bizarre and otherworldly of an actor Rodman is. Matches his personality perfectly.

Credits: The Minis, Double Team

3. Tor Johnson

Former professional wrestler Tor Johnson makes the list less for his athletic career and more for his remarkable appearance in one of the worst movies ever made, Ed Wood’s Plan 9 From Outer Space. He’s a terrible actor in the best way.

Credits: Plan 9 From Outer Space, Night of the Ghouls

4. Howie Long

Broken Arrow. Firestorm. 3000 Miles to Graceland. Shockingly, these movies did not make Howie Long into an action hero.

Credits: Broken Arrow, Firestorm

5. Michael Jordan

It’s easy to remember the appallingly bad Space Jam and consider his current status as one of the worst owners in the league and forget that Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player to ever take a jump shot.

Credits: Space Jam, Kenny Rogers Classic Weekend (?????)

6. Penny Hardaway

Look at that INTENSITY. Blue Chips incredibly features the combination of Penny Hardaway, Shaq, and NICK NOLTE, which really boggles the mind something fierce.

Credits: Blue Chips, Cribs Episode #2.3. (Thanks, IMDB!)

7. Terry Bradshaw

Four-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Terry Bradshaw, meet rote, saccharine romantic comedy Failure to Launch. Oh, you like each other? And you’ll get naked for the movie? Great!

Credits: Failure to Launch

8. Dick Butkus

One of the greatest linebackers in NFL history, Dick Butkus’ film resume is so weird it’s almost abstract. He was once in a movie called Hamburger: The Motion Picture, playing something called “Drooten.” Another highlight? Let’s Kill All the Lawyers.

Credits: Any Given Sunday, Hamburger: The Motion Picture

9. Mike Ditka

DITKA. If you’re hopeful of doing any acting, it’s not a good sign when your name is already married to some other program’s work. Mike Ditka’s is owned by Saturday Night Live, so maybe we can blame that for why he’s such a bad actor.

Credits: Kicking and Screaming

10. O.J. Simpson

I have a confession to make: O.J. Simpson is actually quite funny in the Naked Gun movies. But he’s O.J. Simpson, so I can’t hardly give him the satisfaction of being on a Best Of list.

Credits: The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear

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