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Boxing 209 43 Check out these actors who could be in sports halls of fame 22927182 Actors who could join Sly in a sports hall of fame Actors+who+could+join+Sly+in+a+sports+hall+of+fame Boxing

Yes, Sylvester Stallone is actually a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame. But If Sly belongs in a hall of fame for creating and portraying Rocky Balboa, what about other actors and other sports? Here are 10 suggestions.

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Boxing 209 43 Check out these actors who could be in sports halls of fame 22927191 Paul Newman, billiards, hockey, boxing, auto racing Paul+Newman%2C+billiards%2C+hockey%2C+boxing%2C+auto+racing Boxing

Who could ever forget Reggie Dunlop from Slap Shot, or Fast Eddie Felson from The Hustler and The Color of Money, or Rocky Graziano from Somebody Up There Likes Me? But Newman’s role in a lesser-known movie — 1969’s Winning — led to his best sports role: a real-life auto racer. In 1979 he was a driver for the second-place team in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and in 1995, at age 70!, he drove for a class-winning team in the 24 Hours of Daytona. He also co-founded the open-wheel team, Newman-Haas Racing.

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Boxing 209 43 Check out these actors who could be in sports halls of fame 22940000 Bill Murray, golf Bill+Murray%2C+golf Boxing

The most famous golf-course maintenance worker in cinematic history is Murray’s Carl Spackler from Caddyshack. He of the “Cinderella story” flights of imagination. Yes, Chevy Chase, Ted Knight and Rodney Dangerfield had memorable roles in this cult classic, too, but Murray is the main man. So he’s got that goin’ for him, which is nice.

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Boxing 209 43 Check out these actors who could be in sports halls of fame 22927188 Kevin Costner, baseball Kevin+Costner%2C+baseball Boxing

Starring in either Field of Dreams or Bull Durham likely would be enough to put Costner on this list. Starring in both? Priceless. Everyone has their favorite between the two films, but Bull Durham was ranked the No. 1 sports movie of all time by Sports Illustrated. Which means Crash Davis was a more memorable character than Ray Kinsella. Or maybe it was Susan Sarandon’s Annie Savoy who made the difference.

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Boxing 209 43 Check out these actors who could be in sports halls of fame 22940007 Ronald Reagan, college football Ronald+Reagan%2C+college+football Boxing

When a president of the United States goes by a nickname he acquired from playing a character in a sports movie, you know something’s up. The man once known as “Dutch” became “The Gipper” after playing Notre Dame’s first All-American, George Gipp, in the 1940 movie Knute Rockne, All American.

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Boxing 209 43 Check out these actors who could be in sports halls of fame 22933053 James Caan, pro football James+Caan%2C+pro+football Boxing

What’s the biggest tear-jerker sports movie? That’s easy — Brian’s Song, which tells the story of the friendship between Chicago Bears running backs Gale Sayers and Brian Piccolo. Piccolo, played by Caan, dies of terminal cancer. One mostly forgotten fact about the film: It was made for television, and released to theaters only after its initial broadcast on ABC.

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Boxing 209 43 Check out these actors who could be in sports halls of fame 22927187 Robert De Niro, boxing Robert+De+Niro%2C+boxing Boxing

Goodness knows there have been many excellent movies about boxing, but no more memorable performance than De Niro as the talented but tormented middleweight, Jake LaMotta, in Raging Bull. De Niro won a Best Actor Oscar and Raging Bull has consistently been ranked in various “top 100” lists of films.

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Boxing 209 43 Check out these actors who could be in sports halls of fame 22940009 Gene Hackman, high school basketball Gene+Hackman%2C+high+school+basketball Boxing

Hoosiers, in which Hackman stars as a high school basketball coach in Indiana, is another film on this list that has consistently been ranked among the best ever made about sports. It’s loosely based on the story of the Milan High School team that won the 1954 Indiana state championship.

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Boxing 209 43 Check out these actors who could be in sports halls of fame 22927185 Vince Vaughn, dodgeball Vince+Vaughn%2C+dodgeball+ Boxing

We’re kidding, right? Au contraire. Even while school districts across the country were banning the one-time gym-class staple as too violent, the 2004 film DodgeBall starring Vaughn and Ben Stiller sparked an assortment of adult recreational leagues. Let’s face it — if you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.

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Boxing 209 43 Check out these actors who could be in sports halls of fame 22927186 The Hanson brothers, hockey The+Hanson+brothers%2C+hockey Boxing

The most memorable characters from Slap Shot, Jack, Steve and Jeff Hanson (in real life, David Hanson, Steve Carlson and Jeff Carlson) enjoy the same kind of sports-film cult status as Bill Murray’s Caddyshack character, Carl Spackler. It’s a good bet that no North American who ever has laced on a pair of skates has not uttered the phrase “old-time hockey.”

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Boxing 209 43 Check out these actors who could be in sports halls of fame 22940008 Jeff Bridges, bowling Jeff+Bridges%2C+bowling Boxing

“The Dude” abides, and he also bowls. Jeff Bridges’ unforgettable character in the 1998 Coen brothers movie The Big Lebowski (Bridges is at right, with fellow keglers Steve Buscemi, left, and John Goodman, center) loved White Russians, marijuana and bowling (not necessarily in that order). The cult-classic film has spawned several annual “Big Lebowski” fests, which take place in — what else — bowling alleys.

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