King Kong Bundy
It was a match made in heaven - King Kong Bundy meets The Bundys from Married With Children. Twice, no less. In his first go-around in 1987, the big ol' Bundy played Peggy's relative Uncle Irwin. But he would return in 1995 as himself, facing off in the ring against The Bumblebee (a terrified Bud Bundy). You get a good idea just how big Bundy was in this episode when you see him opposite another mountain of a man, actor Michael Clarke Duncan (The Green Mile).
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Keibler is much better known these days for her appearances on Dancing With The Stars and on the arm of George Clooney, whom she split with this summer. But Keibler began her career as a WCW Nitro Girl, known as The Legs for...well...her long legs. As an actress, she's appeared on everything from Psych to Chuck to Men At Work to the 100th episode of How I Met Your Mother. In that 2010 episode, Keibler was a cute bartender who didn't like men in suits. Barney saw that as a challenge but soon had to choose between the girl or the tailored ensembles.
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Karras was a successful NFL player till he was suspended for gambling in 1962. With a year to kill, he took up wrestling, becoming quite well known in his brief stint. Then it was back to football and, eventually, acting. He first hit it big as Mongo in Blazing Saddles. But he is best remembered these days for playing the dad (with wife Susan Clark) opposite Emmanuel Lewis on Webster (1983-89).
Johnson was a 1950s wrestler who became a popular Halloween mask. In between, he was a prolific actor in movies (most famously for the awful Plan Nine From Outer Space). Despite a nearly incomprehensible Swedish accent, he was cast often as imposing villains and wrestling types in shows like Peter Gunn and Bonanza (in which he played a character named Busthead Brannigan). In Tim Burton's biopic Ed Wood, he was portrayed by another wrestler - George 'The Animal' Steele.
A big movie star with good critical notices on his resume, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson even hosted Saturday Night Live in 2000. But his most personal role to date had to be playing his wrestling father Rocky Johnson on That 70s Show. In it, Eric and Red went backstage to meet the afro-sporting Johnson to get an autograph. Also seen in several fight scenes are wrestlers Ken Shamrock and Jeff and Matt Hardy.
Rowdy Roddy Piper
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Despite the bagpipes and kilt, Piper is actually a Canadian. He's also not a bad actor, who carried the cult hit alien invasion movie They Live. On the small screen, he hasn't had as much to do. He filmed a failed 1991 pilot, Tag Team, with Jesse Ventura in which they played wrestlers who became cops (I'm in!). He also appeared on shows like Walker: Texas Ranger, The Outer Limits and Robocop. In 2010, he showed some range playing a wrestler (again!) on the crime drama Cold Case. And just this year, he made a surprise appearance on Storage Wars, accessing the value of a collection of kilts.
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Hulk Hogan was the first wrestler to really cross over to the mainstream. He's starred in forgettable movies (The Nanny? Enough said.), and several reality shows (Hogan Knows Best being the most famous). As an actor, he usually plays himself. He made two appearances on The A-Team as a friend of B.A. (Mr. T.), and another two on the sitcom Suddenly Susan, if you can believe it. But his biggest acting challenge to date had to be Thunder In Paradise, a 1994 syndicated drama from the makers of Baywatch. He played an eye patch-wearing ex-Navy SEAL-turned-mercenary who roams a tropic paradise in a souped-up boat named Thunder with partner Chris Lemmon. Add lots of bikini babes and what's not to like? The show, unfortunately, lasted but one year. Everybody sing the theme song - 'Thunder in Paradise/Mess with Thunder, Pay the Price'.
Andre The Giant
This mammoth wrestler will always be remembered as the kindly, gentle Fezzik in The Princess Bride. But he also made an impression on the small screen many years before, playing a Sasquatch (!) in a memorable episode of The Six Million Dollar Man. Actually, Bigfoot was really an alien cyborg and...well...I digress. The character was so popular it was turned into an action figure. Andre didn't have a lot of range. He was mostly hired for his size (7 feet, four inches, 520 pounds), but showed some charm in TV series like The Greatest American Hero, B.J. And The Bear, and The Fall Guy.
Stone Cold Steve Austin
Austin's acting career has really picked up in recent years, with showy appearances in movies like The Expendables and Grown-Ups 2. On the small screen, he's had tough-guy roles in stuff like Nash Bridges and V.I.P.. But his best TV part has to be the villianous spy operative Hugo Panzer - easily the coolest villain name ever - on Chuck. Hugo liked to use a small sword to get his way. But Chuck managed to get the better of him in his two episodes.
The muscular woman wrestler was billed in the ring as The Ninth Wonder of The World. Most famously, she played sexy but tough cop Janice on the sitcom Third Rock From the Sun. She gave Harry (French Stewart) all he could handle. Chyna also had appearances on everything from Pacific Blue to Hunter to Sabrina The Teenage Witch. Lately, she's had some personal problems, appearing on Celebrity Rehab. She's also done a lot of porn.
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Bill Goldberg has had some showy roles in movies (The Longest Yard/Universal Soldier 2). On TV, he's had small roles on Desperate Housewives and Family Guy. But he might always be remembered as the crazed convict Cupid on a 2007 episode of Law & Order SVU. Hopped up on PCP, Cupid took on the whole police precinct. He took a fire extinguisher to the head and didn't flinch. After tossing Detective Stabler through another window, he shrugged off a taser and got back up. It took a chair to the back of the head to finally take him down. One tough dude. Turns out Goldberg is related to SVU executive producer Neal Baer. It's always about who you know...