** FILE ** Bob Mathias, 17, of Tulare, Calif., competes in the discus toss… (Associated Press )
Here are three more Olympic champions who tried their luck at the movies:
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."
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."
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."