Three actors with a successful past in sports

Jason Statham

This actor, renowned for his great debut in the film Transporter, has an athletic past just as successful as his current work in film. From an early age, he became interested in sports, but the artistic side inherited from his parents was always present. His mother, Eileen Yates was a talented dancer, and his father, Barry Statham, actor and singer. Both raised him in Yarmouth, Norwich, although he was born in Shrebrook, England, in July 1967.

In his childhood, he enjoyed several sports, he even became part of the American Football Association at his school, but it was not until he discovered the ornamental jumps that he showed his full potential. This sport consists of nailing to the water doing different postures that can well be forward, backward, reverse, with turns, inwards and in balance of hands.

Here, Jason Statham trained every day until so much effort was reflected in his life in different tournaments. He was in the Commonwealth Games in 1990 and in only two years, he managed to place in the twelfth position. After this, it decided to retire and to enlist in the British army, but it was not long until it decided to leave looking for something artistic.

It was then that director Guy Ritchie discovered him while walking around London. Both confirmed that they had felt in trust and with similar tastes, which led them not only to be great friends but the director to enter him in the cinema world. At first, Guy hired Jason to be an actor at Lock & Stock in 1998, but later they would be back together in ‘Snatch, Pigs and Diamonds’, ‘Revolver’ and ‘Games, Traps and Two Smoky Guns’. Although Jason became a benchmark for action movies, it wasn’t until the trilogy ‘Transporter’ when he showed his confidence and ability to act. After that came many more films like ‘Blitz’ and ‘Elite Assassins’.

Chuck Norris

His name is recognized around the world by young and old people. His strength and wisdom is a reference on the outside and inside the cinema. This actor was born on March 10, 1940, in Oklahoma but currently lives in California. He has been in more than 30 movies and out of that, he practiced different martial arts that gave him many victories.

His artist name “Ckuck” comes from his youth, when he enlisted in the United States Army and worked for the air forces. Among those trips, he learned Judo, Taekwondo, and Hapkido in South Korea. There he even learned Tang Soo Doo and managed to be a recognized instructor of this martial art in the West.

Then, back in the United States, he entered to Jiu Jitsu and reached the brown belt. However, his greatest achievements were in karate, a martial art originated in Japan that consists of giving a minimum amount of precise blows to knock down the opponent. Here, speed, agility, and balance are the basis for success. Chuck Norris won several national and international awards as an amateur karateka.

Chuck Norris managed to be a winner in the World Heavyweight Championship for six consecutive years until his retirement in 1974. Although in his first fights he was defeated by Tony Tullers, Joe Lewis, and Allan Steen, Chuck continued training  until he beat Lewis, Skipper Mullins , Arnold Urquidez, Victor Moore, Ron Marchini, Steve Sanders and Louis Delgado.

From 1972 began in the cinema with “The Furor of the Dragon” where he acted with Bruce Lee. Then came other titles like “The Tiger of San Francisco”, “The Brave Dress in Black” and one of his most memorable performances in the series “Walker Texas Ranger”. Chuck Norris is also remembered for his humanitarian work, including the “Kickstart Kids” program where is taught martial arts to disadvantaged children.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

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His big and strong appearance that gave him the nickname “The Rock” has nothing to do with his performances in the movies where he always wins the affection of his spectators. He has performed in more than 20 films including ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth 2: The Mysterious Island’ and ‘The Mummy Returns’. His success accompanies him from his past where he was a world-renowned star in wrestling.

From a young age, Dwayne became interested in sports. In the school, he practiced Rugby and continued it in the university like a defense in the group where they managed to become national champions. However, after graduation, he got into wrestling, where his father and grandfather had already been great figures.

He trained in WWE, a world-renowned sports training company. His passion for wrestling led him to win 10 world championships, and a victory in 2012 after defeating John Cena at Miami’s Wrestle Mania XXVIII.

His success in the ring took him to television shows such as Saturday Night Live in 1998. After this, offers began to arrive from Hollywood. Since then, he decided to retire from wrestling in 2004 and dedicate to the world of cinema. Among his most mentioned films is Fast and Furious 5, 6 y 7, Treading Strong and Dad by Surprise.

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