15 Best Wrestlers Turned Actors of All Time

POSTED BY , UPDATED ON August 14th, 2019


7. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin

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Steve Austin was the face of WWE in the Attitude Era. The texas rattlesnake was an extraordinary performer and entertainer. Steve Austin started his career doing action movies like Damaged and Hunt to Kill. 

He has also been part of the first Expandables and the second Grown Ups movie. Steve Austin also hosted a reality competition called Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge.


6. The Great Khali

The Great Khali

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The former World Heavyweight Champion is as intimidating as it gets, Standing at over 7 feet tall, Khali is a very big guy who has done small roles in various Hollywood and Bollywood movies.

The Longest Yard, Get Smart, and Kushti are few of the films The Great Khali has been a part of. He has also been a part of various reality shows (most popular being Bigg Boss where he stood as the 1st runnerup), and TV commercials. 


5. Dave Bautista

Dave Bautista

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The former WWE and World Heavyweight champion started his career as an actor in an underwhelming fashion as he played small roles in various movies and TV shows but wasn’t able to get his career anywhere.

Though soon everything changed after he starred in Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers. Bautista has now become a much more famous actor and is getting ready to play the villain in the next bond movie. 


4. Hulk Hogan

Hulk Hogan

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Arguably the most popular wrestler of all time Hulk Hogan was a part of many movies and TV shows, most of which can be avoided, except Rocky III.

The former champions filmography is nothing to be proud of but Hogan was still a part of many TV shows and ended up as a host in his own TV show, Hogan Knows Best.


3. Jesse “The Body” Ventura

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Jesse Ventura was not just a wrestler turned actor, he was also the governor of Minnesota. Ventura did many films with actors such as Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger but it was his role in the movie Predator that he is most remembered for.

He perfectly portrayed the tough soldier character Blain in the film. His way of chewing tobacco also inspired many young men.


2. John Cena


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When The former WWE champion started his acting career, it didn’t go according to plan. Cena’s debut as a leading man in 2006’s The Marine was underwhelming, and the movie didn’t do really well.

But Cena soon realized that the genre that would suit him was comedy not action, The 16 time champion had a rocky start at the movies, but now is doing pretty good for himself.


1. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

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The most successful wrestler turned actor is undoubtedly  The Rock. He is the highest-paid actor in the world and regularly stars in the biggest Hollywood blockbusters. The most electrifying man in all of sports entertainment has become the most electrifying man in all of entertainment.

The Brahma Bull has had an immense amount of success since joining Hollywood. The former WWE champion has been a part of some blockbuster movies like Hercules, Fast and the Furious (franchise), and The Tooth Fairy. Dwayne Johnson net worth is around $220 million, and charges over $20 million for every movie he is a part of.


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