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6 Unexpected Football Actors Worthy Of An Oscar (Or Maybe Not)

6 Unexpected Football Actors Worthy Of An Oscar (Or Maybe Not)
By Daryl Bolger Updated

Inspired by Frank LeBoeuf starring in multi-Oscar nominated The Theory of Everything, we look at footballers who turned their hand to acting. We leave the likes of Vinnie Jones and Eric Cantona behind, their roles are already well documented.

Frank LeBeouf - The Theory of Everything

We start with the main man himself. The Chelsea legend plays the role of 'Swiss Doctor' in a pivotal scene in which Stephen Hawking's partner is told he will never speak again. This was building on his slightly less noteworthy roles of 'Announcer Frank' in Futbaal: The Prince of Dreams and 'Franck' in '4 Jeunes, 1 voiture'.

He would be the first ever person to have both a World Cup winner's medal as well as a part in an Oscar winning film. He is currently starring on stage in Paris and has often said he hopes to continue working in the area. With the Oscars nomination, we nominate him the finest football actor.

Ian Wright - Sun of the Black Gun


Ian Wright starred in the Romanian/British blockbuster 'Gun of a Black Sun'. In it he plays a gangster named The Duke, who, in a huge stroke of luck for Wright, only ever took part in roles based in London, never going to Romania. He is the friend of main character Axel O'Rourke, a nightclub owning Irishman who also smuggles cigarettes from Romania to London. Judging by the Irishman's accent, he has never in fact been in Ireland.

The plot, so simple you'd wonder who it hadn't been used been before, was summarised by IMDB as follows;


A Nazi Luger Pistol from W.W.2 with dark and mystical powers re-emerges in modern day Bucharest and is taken to London. En-route it falls into the hands of a Media Mogul intent on using its power to bring the return of the Forth Reich through Technology and Music .

Stan Collymore - Basic Instinct 2

Collymore played a footballer in this widely panned sequel to Basic Instinct. His appearance was fleeting, he was killed in the opening sequence, his companion crashing her car while she uses Collymore's hand to masturbate with, as you do. A fine football actor.


Ally McCoist - A Shot at Glory

Naturally the Rangers star plays an Ex-Celtic hero, recently signed from Arsenal, who leads a rag-tag second tier team to the Scottish cup final. Robert Duvall and Michael Keaton also star, the latter playing their American owner who wants to more the team to Dublin.

The movie has a 6.4 rating on IMDB, backed by the following hearty recommendation;


Even if you're not a soccer fan, there is plenty of action, along with the heart and humor. Most entertaining."

Sammy Lee & Graeme Souness - Boys from the Blackstuff

The pair didn't have to stretch their acting skills too much, playing themselves an episode in the short-lived but highly popular BBC series. They were both playing with Liverpool FC at the time, hopefully we'll see Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson on Hollyoaks soon.


Lets hope Frank goes on to win the Oscar, leading to a new generation of football actors.

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