Can you guess which sport these athletes-turned-actors once played?

These TV stars once excelled in athletics — but do you know which sport?


Some enviable actors ooze talent. They sing, dance, make you laugh and pluck your heartstrings. 

Then there are the rare actors who can do all that after playing in a professional sports league! Below, you will find memorable faces from sitcoms, dramas and Westerns. A few of them were all-stars. Others were college standouts or Olympians. 

See if you can match these classic TV stars to the correct sport!

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  1. Ed Marinaro was Laverne's stuntman boyfriend Sonny St. Jacques on Laverne & Shirley. In 1971, he was runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in this sport.
     Image: The Everett Collection
  2. Before he became Al Bundy, Ed O'Neill was signed by which Pittsburgh team in 1969?
     Image: The Everett Collection
  3. Tony Danza had a record of 9–3 as a professional in this sport before becoming a sitcom star on Taxi and Who's the Boss?
     Image: The Everett Collection
  4. Burt Reynolds went to Florida State University on a scholarship to play this sport.
  5. You know and love Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain, the Rifleman. Before that Western, he was one of just 13 athletes to play in which two professional sports leagues?
     Image: The Everett Collection
  6. Johnny Weissmuller is best known as Tarzan. He also starred as Jungle Jim on TV. In the 1920s, he won five Olympic gold medals in which sport?
     Image: The Everett Collection
  7. Mark Harmon was a star starter for UCLA in this sport.
  8. You know Alex Karras as Webster's dad. Before that, he earned the nickname "The Mad Duck" as an acclaimed pro athlete in Detroit. Which team was he on?
     Image: TV Guide
  9. Fred "The Hammer" Williamson was a professional in this sport before playing Diahann Carroll's love interest on Julia.
     Image: TV Guide
  10. Atlas (Al Ferrara) and Across (Jim Lefebvre) were henchmen to Batman villains. They were also stars in which sport?
  11. Kurt Russell, seen here quite young on Lost in Space, played for his dad's team, the Portland Mavericks. Which sport was that?
  12. As a young Canadian, Matthew Perry of Friends was a nationally ranked junior player of this sport.
     Image: Warner Bros. Television Distribution
  13. Merlin Olsen starred in Father Murphy. The 6' 5" actor was one a pro in which league?
     Image: The Everett Collection

Can you guess which sport these athletes-turned-actors once played?

Your Result...

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JewelsChuck 48 months ago
10/13 I guessed on some of them, funny that most of them were pro football 🏈
EllisClevenger 48 months ago
You got 11 out of 13
You scampered through the defense for a score! Nice work!
Missed #2 and #11.
Dario 48 months ago
11 out of 13! 😁😁😁😁😁
kimmer 48 months ago
8/13...not bad for a non sports
Lillyrose 48 months ago
8 out of 13. I think that Merlin Olsen was also on "Little House on the Prairie." I forgot the name of his character.
EllisClevenger Lillyrose 48 months ago
Jonathan Garvey
Debbie 48 months ago
6 out of 13. Most were guesses. I only knew 2 of them for sure. Chuck Conners and Tony Danza
Dario Debbie 48 months ago
Chuck also played for the Brooklyn Dodgers as well as the Cubs.
SashaPayneDiaz 48 months ago
9/13 I'm surprised that I got that many right.....mostly plain 'ol dumb luck I guess 'cos sports just ain't my thing.
KellyShort 48 months ago
You got 7 out of 13
not a sports fan
Fred451 48 months ago
I guessed correctly on Chuck Conners, no way he played in the NFL or NHL...
jimmyvici 48 months ago
Amazing quiz!!! Chuck Connors messed me up. 12/13....Excellent factoids. Where are my lovely ladies at? ❤️
SashaPayneDiaz jimmyvici 48 months ago
He's one of the very few that I actually knew.
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