Professional sports stars are already some of the most famous people in the world, so it makes sense that some Hollywood directors want to cash in on that fame. Athletes are no strangers to being in front of the cameras and are the ideal candidates for cameos in films. People will know who they are instantly, and it can often be a lot of fun. These are the best cameos pro sports stars have ever made in movies and television.
Dan Marino – Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Dan Marino was a pretty big part of the comedy thriller Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. The story revolves around the Miami Dolphins, and the legendary quarterback made several appearances in the film.
He was the one who ultimately pointed out to Ace Ventura that the movie’s villain was hiding a little something in their underwear. Marino pointed this out to Ace despite the fact he’d been kidnapped. What a guy!
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – Airplane!
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has actually appeared in a string of TV shows and films, but the one that stands out the most is in the 1980 disaster spoof Airplane! The Lakers legend plays the co-pilot of the plane and insists that he isn’t Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at all, but someone called Roger Murdock. He tries to keep his cool for as long as possible until a kid calls him out for being lazy and he snaps.
Tom Brady – Entourage
Brady is no stranger to making cameos after his remarkably long career at the top in the NFL. One of his most memorable appearances came in the hit drama series Entourage where he pops up on the golf course with the rest of the gang. He’s a good sport and is easily winning his bet against Johnny, who is losing his mind and getting super angry, so Brady offers to lend him his club. Even though Brady’s golf club is broken in anger, he can’t help but smile and be nice about everything.
Don Mattingly – The Simpsons
There have been so many celebrity cameos on The Simpsons it’s hard to keep track, but one of the best athletes was Don Mattingly. The baseball star appeared when Mr. Burns bought his own team and tried turning them into an all-star outfit. He hired the best guys including Mattingly, but Burns wouldn’t let the Yankees star play because of his sideburns. Burns kept telling Mattingly to shave them until he was basically rocking a mohawk.
Derek Jeter – The Other Guys
The Other Guys is a comedy classic from 2010 starring Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell as an unlikely police duo. Wahlberg’s character is not liked in New York after he accidentally shot Derek Jeter just before the 7th game of the World Series. The police officer is one of the most disliked people in the city after costing the Yankees the big win thanks to his error in judgment.
Brett Favre – There’s Something About Mary
All the guys can’t help but fall in love with Cameron Diaz in the ‘90s comedy classic There’s Something About Mary. The guys are all competing for her affections but they don’t realize that Brett Favre was the one that got away for Mary, and he even makes an appearance.
The Green Bay Packers legend wins over Mary’s heart by being the only guy in the film not trying to trick her into loving him. Hollywood might not have been desperate for Favre to appear in anything afterward, but it was definitely fun for all when he turned up in the comedy.
Mike Tyson – The Hangover
People didn’t know what to expect from comedy The Hangover when it first came out, but it was a huge success. One of the reasons it was so funny was the fact that the gang had to find Mike Tyson’s tiger which they had mistakenly kidnapped.
If there’s one man you don’t want to make angry, it’s Mike Tyson who appeared in the show and made a point of exerting his power over the others. He clocked Alan in the face after singing Phil Collins “In The Air Tonight,” and swinging his punch in time with the beat.
John McEnroe – Mr. Deeds
Who knew that John McEnroe was going to steal the show in a feature-length movie? The 2002 comedy Mr. Deeds might not have been Adam Sandler’s best film, but John McEnroe sure did play his part.
He joins Sandler in throwing stuff at passing cars before performing a miraculous leap over a moving vehicle in the middle of the street. The bad boy of tennis showed that even in retirement, he was still up to his old mischievous ways.
Randy Savage – Spider-Man
In the live action Spider-Man movie of the early 2000s, Tobey McGuire comes face to face with a legend of professional wrestling. Peter Parker has just been bitten by a radioactive spider and is learning all about the special powers that has given him.
He decides it’s time to make some money from these gifts so enters the world of underground fighting where he comes up against Randy Savage. The former pro wrestler is known as Bone Saw McGraw and throws Spidey around a steel cage for a while before ultimately losing.
There have been countless sports stars making cameos in some of our favorite TV shows and movies over the years. These are our favorites and ones that once you’ve seen their cameo you won’t forget them in a hurry.