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Three Olympic champions who went on to Hollywood

Gold-medal decathletes Jim Thorpe, Bob Mathias and Bruce Jenner caught Hollywood's eye.

July 30, 2012
  • ** FILE ** Bob Mathias, 17, of Tulare, Calif., competes in the discus toss in Wembley Stadium in this Aug. 6, 1948, file photo, to take lead in the Decathlon in the London Summer Olympics. Mathias, a two-time Olympic champion in the decathlon and former U.S. congressman, died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006. He was 75. The U.S. Olympic Committee said in a statement that Mathias died in his home. A cause of death wasn't released. (AP Photo, file)
** FILE ** Bob Mathias, 17, of Tulare, Calif., competes in the discus toss… (Associated Press )

The decathletes

Here are three more Olympic champions who tried their luck at the movies:

Jim Thorpe

Thorpe won Olympic gold medals in 1912 for the pentathlon and decathlon. He was stripped of them when it was learned he had played semi-professional baseball before the Olympics, but they were reinstated in 1983. He appeared in mostly uncredited roles in films and shorts, including 1935's "Captain Blood" and 1950's "Wagon Master."

Bob Mathias

The two-time Olympic gold medal winner in the decathlon, Mathias played himself in 1954's "The Bob Mathias Story" and continued to work in movies and TV, including starring with Keenan Wynn in the 1959-60 series "The Troubleshooters."

Bruce Jenner

Best known now as stepfather to the Kardashian kids on E!'s "Keeping up With the Kardashians," the 1976 gold-medal winner appeared in the infamous 1980 Village People musical "Can't Stop the Music" and appeared on TV in "CHiPs" and the 1981 TV movie "Grambling's White Tiger."

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