Beckham. Shaq. Dennis Rodman. Dan Marino. Howie Long. It makes you wonder: has any athlete ever truly navigated the journey into Hollywood with any real success? (There was Jim Brown, of course, but that was eons ago.) But the answer is actually yes. In fact, there are some actors who have been so successful that you’ve probably forgotten that they were even athletes in the first place. We’ve counted twelve of them, and we’ve included them all right here. And for more surprising celebrity coverage, check out the 15 times romantic A-listers nailed the proposal .
After Hi-5 split up, Shaya began a solo career, appearing live in various venues. In 2008, Shaya and Greek singer Kostas Martakis were chosen to record a Greek-language version of Right Here, Right Now from the soundtrack of the Disney film High School Musical 3: Senior Year . The cover was titled "Mikroi Theoi" (Little Gods) and was released as a single from the Greek edition of the film's soundtrack; a music video followed with Martakis and Shaya molded together with scenes from the film. The music video was included as a bonus feature on the Greek edition of the film's home video release. Walt Disney Records, via its international distribution partner EMI, commissioned several local market, foreign language versions of songs from the entire High School Musical series, although "Mikroi Theoi" was the only Greek version song.
When an 18-year-old Brazilian kid from Fluminense FC was signed by Real Madrid a decade ago, no one seriously expected Marcelo to one day surpass the achievements of the fullback he'd been hired to replace, compatriot and club legend Roberto Carlos. Yet with tireless verve and excellence down that left flank, always accompanied by a big smile underneath big hair, this now-inspiring figure for Madridistas might have done just that. Understated he might be in Real's flashy world, but he has played a major role in three La Liga and two Champions League wins.