Actors who are also Racing Drivers

There have been more than a few athletes, including race car drivers, who've transitioned to roles in television or the big screen, but there are also some actors who've added driving race cars to their resume.
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1.
Paul Newman
Actor, The Sting
Screen legend, superstar, and the man with the most famous blue eyes in movie history, Paul Leonard Newman was born on January 26, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio, the second son of Theresa (Fetsko) and Arthur Sigmund Newman. Paul's father was Jewish, the son of emigrants from Poland and Hungary; he owned a successful sporting goods store...
“ 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans, 2nd, 1st in class
2000 Petit Le Mans
Trans-Am Series
1995 24 Hours of Daytona, 1st in class
Co-founded Newman/Haas Racing ” - kerikell
 
2.
Steve McQueen
He was the ultra-cool male film star of the 1960s, and rose from a troubled youth spent in reform schools to being the world's most popular actor. Over 25 years after his untimely death from mesothelioma in 1980, Steve McQueen is still considered hip and cool, and he endures as an icon of popular culture...
“ 1970 12 Hours of Sebring, 2nd, 1st in class ” - kerikell
 
3.
James Garner
Amiable and handsome James Garner had obtained success in both films and television, often playing variations of the charming anti-hero/con-man persona he first developed in Maverick, the offbeat western TV series that shot him to stardom in the late 1950s. James Garner was born James Scott Bumgarner in Norman...
“ 1969-1971 24 Hours of Daytona ” - kerikell
 
4.
James Dean
James Byron Dean was born February 8, 1931 in Marion, Indiana, to Mildred Marie (Wilson) and Winton A. Dean, a farmer turned dental technician. His mother died when Dean was nine, and he was subsequently raised on a farm by his aunt and uncle in Fairmount, Indiana. After grade school, he moved to New York to pursue his dream of acting...
“ Palm Springs Road Races
Salinas Road Race ” - kerikell
 
5.
Patrick Dempsey
Patrick Dempsey has lived two charming but separate lives on film and television. From an exuberant, somewhat awkward charmer in college comedy films of the late 1980s and early 1990s, he has morphed spectacularly into a dreamy, wavy-haired television hunk of the new-age millennium and this seductive...
“ 2009 24 Hours of Le Man, 30th, 9th in class
2011 24 Hours of Daytona, 3rd in class
Baja 1000 off-road race
American Le Mans Series ” - kerikell
 
6.
Rowan Atkinson
Rowan Sebastian Atkinson was born on 6 January, 1955, in Consett, Co. Durham, UK, to Ella May (Bainbridge) and Eric Atkinson. His father owned a farm, where Rowan grew up with his two older brothers, Rupert and Rodney. He attended Newcastle University and Oxford University where he earned degrees in electrical engineering...
“ Renault 5 GT Turbo ” - kerikell
 
7.
Frankie Muniz
Frankie was born in Wood-Ridge, New Jersey, to Denise, a nurse, and Francisco Muniz III, a restaurateur. His father is of Puerto Rican heritage and his mother is of Irish and Italian descent. Frankie was home-schooled since Grade Six. He started his acting career performing the role of Tiny Tim in "A Christmas Carol" for three years...
“ 2007 Formula Atlantic Championship, 22nd
2008 Formula Atlantic Championship, 11th
2009 Formula Atlantic Championship, 9th ” - kerikell
 
8.
Eric Bana
Actor, Munich
Eric Bana was born Eric Banadinovic on August 9, 1968, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He is the younger of two brothers. His father, named Ivan Banadinovic, came from Zagreb, Croatia, and worked as a manager for Caterpillar Inc. His mother, named Eleanor Banadinovic, came from a German family and was a hairdresser...
“ 1996 Targa Tasmania
2004 Australia Porsche Championship ” - kerikell
 
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“ SCCA Pro Rally Series
Co-owner AZZT Race Team ” - kerikell
 
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“ 1986 IMSA Camel GT Championship, 2nd
1986 12 Hours of Sebring, 4th, 1st in class ” - kerikell
 
11.
Gene Hackman
Actor, Unforgiven
Eugene Allen Hackman was born in San Bernardino, California, the son of Anna Lyda Elizabeth (Gray) and Eugene Ezra Hackman, who operated a newspaper printing press. He is of Pennsylvania Dutch (German), English, and Scottish ancestry, partly by way of Canada, where his mother was born. After several moves...
“ 1970s American Formula Ford
1983 24 Hours of Daytona ” - kerikell
 
12.
Micheal Fitzgerald
Born and bred in County Cork, Ireland, Micheal holds a Masters Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Manchester while he has also raced in Formula Ford in the United Kingdom, Ireland & Australia. Micheal has appeared in many Australian Film & Television productions. He splits his time between his home in Ireland and Australia.
“ 2001 UK Formula Ford
2002/5/6/7 Irish Formula Ford
2009 Australian Formula Ford ” - kerikell
 
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“ 2006 24 Hours of Daytona ” - kerikell
 
15.
Ajith Kumar
Actor, Mankatha
Ajith Kumar is an Indian film actor who has worked mainly in Tamil cinema. He is one of the leading actors in Tamil Cinema. He began his career as a supporting actor in a Telugu film before gaining critical recognition in the Tamil thriller Aasai (1995). A succession of high-grossing films followed where Ajith was usually depicted as a romantic hero...
“ 2003 Formula BMW Asia
2010 Formula 2
2010 India MRF ” - kerikell
 
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“ 2010 AFR International Formula Renault
2005 - 2009 China Rally Championship ” - kerikell
 
17.
“ 11 times Dakar Rally
Belgian GT Championship. ” - kerikell
 
18.
Teddy Tetzlaff
Ted Tetzlaff, Sr. appeared in a number of silent star Wallace Reid's famous racing movies like The Roaring Road (1919), Double Speed (1920), Excuse My Dust (1920), Too Much Speed (1921) and Across the Continent (1922). He was unacredited until now; period newspaper articles and Reid's own serialized autobiography described the close friendship between the two that lasted until Reid's 1923 death...
“ 1912 Indy 500, 5th ” - kerikell
 
19.
Chad McCumbee
Chad McCumbee got his start in racing at the age of 10. Since then, he has driven in late models, the Allison Legacy Series, and the World Karting Association. He finished fourth in the RE/MAX Series point standings in 2005, his first full year of competition. In seven starts in 2006, McCumbee's best finish is an eleventh at Gateway International Raceway...
“ NASCAR Nationwide Cup
NASCAR Sprint Cup ” - kerikell
 
20.
George Lucas
George Walton Lucas, Jr. was raised on a walnut ranch in Modesto, California. His father was a stationery store owner and he had three siblings. During his late teen years, he went to Thomas Downey High School and was very much interested in drag racing. He planned to become a professional race-car driver...
“ George Lucas raced an Autobianchi Bianchina as a teenager. ” - kerikell