Retirement! (Don't Cry)!

by horne_jeffrey | created - 02 May 2013 | updated - 02 May 2013 | Public

This might be a my last list for a long time. I want to try other ventures because I have been procrastinating on taking care of my business. Therefore, I create a tribute to all time greats who mostly retired from sports; I also included some stars who retired from musics or entertainment.

1. Michael Jordan

Actor | Space Jam

Michael Jeffrey Jordan was born in Brooklyn, New York on February 17, 1963. He was the fourth of five children born to James and Deloris. James Jordan was a mechanic and Deloris Jordan was a bank teller. Soon after Michael's birth, James and Deloris felt that the streets of Brooklyn were unsafe to ...

2. Steve Austin

Actor | The Condemned

'Stone Cold' Steve Austin was born in Victoria, Texas, as Steven James Anderson, on December 18, 1964, the youngest of five children. His mother, Beverly Jane (Harrison), remarried to Kenneth Williams, and he took his stepfather's surname. He played football at the North Texas State University. He ...

3. Shawn Michaels

Actor | Avengers of Justice: Farce Wars

Began his career in Texas. Trained by the legendary Jose Lothario, Shawn Michaels wrestled in Kansas, where he met fellow wrestler, Marty Jannetty. A year later, after sending tapes of his matches to the major wrestling companies at the time, he was contacted by the AWA, who proposed that he team ...

4. Mick Foley

Self | Mick Foley's Greatest Hits & Misses: A Life in Wrestling

Michael Francis Foley was born on June 7th, 1965, in Long Island, New York. Nicknamed Mick by his father, a lifelong Yankees and Mickey Mantle fan, he attended college in upstate New York, he hitchiked to New York City to see a wrestling match between Jimmy Snuka (Jimmy Snuka) and Don Muraco that ...

5. Trish Stratus

Actress | WWE Monday Night RAW

Patricia Anne Stratigeas, better known as Trish Stratus, is marketed as a former wrestler for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Before she became a mainstay in professional wrestling, she was a student at York University in Toronto, Canada where she majored in Biology and Kinesiology. While in ...

6. Amy Dumas

Actress | ECW Hardcore TV

Amy Dumas was born on April 14, 1975 in Florida. Not much is known about her past except that she and her family did a lot of moving around. Her parents divorced before she graduated from high school. She graduated 6 months early and became a roadie for 5 years and became interested in wrestling ...

7. Eve Torres

Actress | Matador

Eve Torres was born on August 21, 1984 in Denver, Colorado, USA as Eve Marie Torres. She is an actress, known for Matador (2014), Supergirl (2015) and Jue di tao wang (2016). She has been married to Rener Gracie since April 13, 2014. They have one child.

8. Dave Chappelle

Writer | Chappelle's Show

Dave Chappelle's career started while he was in high school at Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC where he studied theatre arts. At the age of 14, he began performing stand-up comedy in nightclubs. Shortly after graduation, he moved to New York City where he quickly established ...

10. Terry Funk

Actor | Road House

Funk has strong wrestling bloodlines. His dad, Dory Funk Sr., was a well-known grappler from the 1940s to the 1970s, and his brother, Dory Funk Jr., wrestled from 1963 until the early 90s, and won the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) world heavyweight championship in 1969. Funk, himself, became ...

11. Tommy Dreamer

Actor | House of Hardcore

Tommy Dreamer was born on February 14, 1971 in Yonkers, New York, USA as Thomas Laughlin. He is an actor and director, known for House of Hardcore (2012), ROH: All Star Extravaganza (2002) and WWE Sunday Night Heat (1998). He has been married to Trisa Hayes since October 12, 2002. They have two ...

12. Dave Bautista

Actor | Guardians of the Galaxy

David Michael Bautista, Jr. was born on January 18, 1969 in Washington, D.C., to Donna Raye (Mullins) and David Michael Bautista. His father is Filipino, and his mother has Greek ancestry.

When WCW officials told him he'd never make it in sports entertainment, Bautista pushed himself to achieve his ...

13. Magic Johnson

Producer | Obsessed

Magic Johnson was born on August 14, 1959 in Lansing, Michigan, USA as Earvin Johnson. He is a producer and actor, known for Obsessed (2009), Dead Tone (2007) and Brown Sugar (2002). He has been married to Cookie Johnson since September 14, 1991. They have two children.

14. Larry Bird

Actor | Space Jam

Larry Bird graduated from Springs Valley High School in French Lick, Indiana in 1974. He attended Indiana University briefly, then transferred to Indiana State University in Terre Haute. He then embarked on an outstanding basketball career, establishing himself as one of the best shooting forwards ...

15. Allen Iverson

Actor | Like Mike

One of the most controversial Basketball players of all time, Allen Iverson is one of the most loved and hated figures in Basketball. Born Allen Ezail Iverson in Hampton, Virginia, he grew up very poor to a struggling mother and a father who deserted him. Growing up, he was very athletic, playing ...

16. Charles Barkley

Actor | He Got Game

Charles Barkley was born on February 20, 1963 in Leeds, Alabama, USA as Charles Wade Barkley. He is an actor, known for He Got Game (1998), Space Jam (1996) and Forget Paris (1995). He has been married to Maureen Blumhardt since February 9, 1989. They have one child.

17. Shaquille O'Neal

Actor | Steel

Shaquille O'Neal is regarded as one of the most dominant athletes and arguably the most gregarious personality in sports history. He wrote an autobiography (Shaq Talks Back), preserves an online presence for his fan base and produced a number of albums (Biological Didn't Bother, Shaq-Fu: Da Return,...

18. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Actor | Airplane!

Legendary US NBA basketball player with the Milwaukee Bucks (1969-1975) and the Los Angeles Lakers (1975-1989), the 7' 2" Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born Lew Alcindor) has made numerous guest appearances on US TV shows including Man from Atlantis (1977), 21 Jump Street (1987), Tales from the Darkside (...

19. Patrick Ewing

Actor | Space Jam

Patrick Ewing was born on August 5, 1962 in Kingston, Jamaica as Patrick Aloysius Ewing. He is an actor, known for Space Jam (1996), Forget Paris (1995) and Funny About Love (1990). He was previously married to Rita Williams.

20. Wayne Gretzky

Actor | Robotropolis

Wayne Gretzky, nicknamed "The Great One, " is widely considered the greatest hockey player of all-time. At the time of his retirement at the end of the 1998-99 NHL season he was the NHL's all-time scoring leader in Goals, Assists & Points in both the regular season & Stanley Cup Playoffs. He led ...

21. Jerry Rice

Actor | The Game

The finest wide receiver in the history of NFL football, bar none. The incredibly athletic Rice has scored the most touchdowns in NFL history, plus he holds virtually every career record for receptions, yards receiving, all-purpose yards, touchdown receptions and yards from scrimmage, and most ...

23. Joe Montana

Actor | Asylum

Considered by many experts to be the greatest quarterback in the history of NFL football, Montana was recruited by the San Francisco 49ers from Notre Dame in 1979 after leading the "Fighting Irish" to a Cotton Bowl victory in 1978. "Joe Cool," as he was known for his ice cool disposition in the ...

24. Barry Bonds

Actor | Nash Bridges

Barry Bonds was born on July 24, 1964 in Riverside, California. He is known for his outstanding abilities on the baseball diamond, where he has won the National League Most Valuable Player Award three times. While playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates he received a cameo appearance in the baseball ...

25. Sammy Sosa

Actor | Kissing a Fool

Sammy Sosa, who grew up in the slums of the Dominican Republic, has quickly emerged as one of the most beloved athletes in baseball. During the 1998 season, Sosa was right behind Mark McGwire for the record owned by Roger Maris of 61 home runs. Unfortunately, Sosa only led in home runs for just ...

26. Karl Malone

Self | After the Sunset

Karl Malone was born on July 24, 1963 in Bernice, Louisiana, USA as Karl Anthony Malone. He is an actor and producer, known for After the Sunset (2004), The Last Witness (1999) and Nash Bridges (1996). He has been married to Kay Kinsley since December 24, 1990. They have four children.

27. Ken Griffey Jr.

Actor | Little Big League

Ken Griffey Jr. is considered by many experts to be the best player in baseball. He hit 49 homeruns in '96 and he missed quite a few games due to injury. He is not currently working on anything, except for his part ownership in the All-Star Cafe.

28. Carl Lewis

Actor | Alien Hunter

Frederick Carlton "Carl" Lewis (born July 1, 1961) is an American former track and field athlete, who won 10 Olympic medals, including nine gold, and 10 World Championships medals, including eight gold. His career spanned from 1979 to 1996 when he last won an Olympic title and subsequently retired.


29. Adam Copeland

Actor | Haven

Adam Copeland is an actor and retired professional wrestler, who wrestled as Edge in the WWE He starred as one of the leads in the fifth season of the popular television series Haven on Syfy. He also starred as a recurring character on the History Channel series Vikings. Canadian-born, Copeland's ...

30. Jack Nicklaus

Actor | Shell's Wonderful World of Golf

Jack William Nicklaus (born January 21, 1940), nicknamed "The Golden Bear", is a retired American professional golfer. He is widely regarded as the greatest golfer of all time, winning a total of 18 career major championships, while producing 19 second-place and 9 third-place finishes in them, over...

31. Ric Flair

Actor | WWE Monday Night RAW

Richard Morgan Fliehr isn't what you'd expect from a professional wrestler. A medical student at Minnesota University (his father was a doctor, his mother an actress), Flair dropped out college to train for the mat wars under legendary former AWA World champ Verne Gagne. He made his professional ...

32. Lance Armstrong

Actor | Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

Lance Armstrong was born on September 18, 1971 in Dallas, Texas, USA as Lance Edward Gunderson. He was previously married to Kristin Richard.