The List: 10 memorable performances by athletes-turned-actors

Brad Keefe, Columbus Alive

If this whole "being the greatest basketball player of his generation" thing doesn't work out, LeBron James can always fall back on acting. James is getting buzz for his supporting role in the new Amy Schumer comedy "Trainwreck," so here are some more pro athletes who were surprisingly good in front of the camera.

Bob Uecker in "Major League"

Uecker was better known for what he did after his stint in Major League Baseball - he was a career .200 hitter - but his background was perfect for his indelible play-by-play broadcaster in this baseball comedy.

Carl Weathers in "Rocky"

The former pro-football player's most famous role was Rocky's foe (and eventual friend) Apollo Creed. Weathers' other notable performances include "Predator" - featuring eventual governors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura - and guest-starring as a struggling-actor version of himself on "Arrested Development."

Andre the Giant in "The Princess Bride"

André René Roussimoff's hulking figure made him a hit in the world of professional wrestling - yes, I'm calling it a sport for this list - but there was a sweet and gentle side that came out unforgettably in "The Princess Bride."

Terry Crews in "Idiocracy"

The former NFL lineman made a hell of a pitchman for Old Spice, but we'd vote for his President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho in Mike Judge's dumbed-down dystopian comedy.

Alex Karras in "Blazing Saddles"

The former NFL player played the horse-punching brute Mongo in Mel Brooks' beloved Western farce before going on to the much kinder role of dad on "Webster."

Dwayne Johnson in "Fast Five"

Pro-wrestling fans had been smelling what "The Rock" was cooking for years, so Johnson's on-screen charisma was no surprise. He was a great addition to the "Fast & Furious" franchise just as they were throwing everything but the kitchen sink at the screen.

Ronda Rousey in "Entourage"

The MMA fighter is sometimes in a little over her head - why the inexperienced actor was given so much to do is one of the many misfirings of the movie version of the HBO hit - but she is generally up for it. And my colleague Rob Harvilla is right: She has the most memorable line in the movie.

Jason Lee in "Chasing Amy"

The onetime pro skateboarder first worked with director Kevin Smith in "Mallrats," but his best turn was in Smith's more grown-up "Amy." Lee also worked his charms on TV's "My Name Is Earl" and is involved in Scientology, so there's that.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in "Airplane!"

The NBA's one-time leading career scorer played pilot Roger Murdock in the classic '80s spoof ("Do we have clearance, Clarence?") with his best moment being when he "dropped character" with a kid who recognized him as the basketball great.

Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Maggie"

The former bodybuilding world champ has had a hugely successful career, but his recent indie "Maggie" may well be the only movie in which Schwarzenegger's acting is truly the highlight.