Former NBA basketball star and future Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal is set to appear in the comedy sequel "Grown Ups 2" in the role of a police officer. The movie, which also stars Chris Rock, Adam Sandler and Kevin James, hits theaters in July 2013.
This is not O'Neal's first foray into movies as he has had many cameo roles as well as a couple of starring efforts better left forgotten. After an impressive debut in the 1994 basketball movie, "Blue Chips," O'Neal next took on the role of a genie in "Kazaam" and then a superhero in "Steel." After those two movies flopped, he took a few years off before taking cameo roles in mostly comedy efforts.
"Grown Ups 2" will be O'Neal's seventh movie role but he has a long way to go to catch up with these athletes, who successfully transitioned from their sport into the world of Hollywood.
Jason Lee was a very successful professional skateboarder in the '80s and '90s and was one of the first skateboarders to get an endorsement deal for shoes, along with Tony Hawk. However, in 1995 he met director Kevin Smith and appeared in a major role in Smith's "Mallrats." After that, it wasn't long before Lee became a cult favorite movie star. He has since appeared in six Smith movies.
However, Lee has also become a huge star on his own, thanks largely to his role on the TV show "My Name is Earl." In 2010, he also starred in the short lived police drama, "Memphis Beat." In his biggest movie roles, he became a fan favorite in the kid's CGI-live action hybrid franchise, "Alvin and the Chipmunks."
While not a huge sports star in the United States, Vinnie Jones was a world renowned soccer player. He played for a number of club teams, including Wimbledon and Chelsea. Jones also made it to the international level, playing for Wales in 1994. However, Guy Ritchie helped the former soccer bad boy find his place in a new vocation.
In 1998, Jones made his debut in Ritchie's "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" and then followed that with "Snatch." Since that time, Jones had secured his place in Hollywood as a stoic, British figure, usually a strong man or tough guy. He also returned to soccer in the movies when he portrayed a college soccer coach in the Amanda Bynes movie, "She's the Man."
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