My Favourite Sports Men and Women

by johndavies007 | created - 12 Feb 2018 | updated - 23 Feb 2018 | Public

Not found on imdb: Majid Khan (Pakistani cricketer), Barry John (Welsh rugby player), Robert Millar (Scottish cyclist), Chiyonofuji (Japanese sumo wrestler), John Charles (Welsh footballer)

1. Roger Federer

Self | The Argentine Miracle of Tennis

Federer is the former #1 ranked tennis player in the world, having held the number one position for a record 237 consecutive weeks.

He won the Indesit ATP 2004 Race on September 14. The ATP confirmed that his lead was insurmountable, marking what is believed to be the earliest a player has locked up...

2. Muhammad Ali

Actor | The Greatest

Muhammad Ali beat more champions and top contenders than any heavyweight champion in history. He defeated heavyweight kings Sonny Liston (twice), Floyd Patterson (twice), Ernie Terrell, Jimmy Ellis, Ken Norton (twice), Joe Frazier (twice), George Foreman and Leon Spinks. He defeated ...

3. Gareth Edwards

Self | Barry Welsh Is Coming

Sir Gareth Owen Edwards CBE (born 12 July 1947) is a Welsh former rugby union player who played scrum-half and has been described by the BBC as "arguably the greatest player ever to don a Welsh jersey".

In 2003, in a poll of international rugby players conducted by Rugby World magazine, Edwards was ...

4. Peter Bonetti

Self | Fantasy Football League

Peter Bonetti was born on September 27, 1941 in Putney, London, England as Peter Phillip Bonetti.

5. Viv Richards

Self | Prudential Cup 1975

Viv Richards was born on March 7, 1952 in St. John's, Antigua, British West Indies as Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards. He is married to Miriam Richards. They have two children.

6. Jimmy Wilde

Actor | A Pit-boy's Romance

Jimmy Wilde was born on May 15, 1892 in Tylorstown, Glamorganshire, Wales. He was an actor, known for A Pit-boy's Romance (1917) and Excuse My Glove (1936). He died on March 10, 1969 in Cardiff, Wales.

7. Steve Ovett

Explicit Biscuit

Steve Ovett was born on October 9, 1955 in Brighton, East Sussex, England as Steven Michael James Ovett. He is known for his work on Explicit Biscuit (2018), Grandstand (1958) and Celebrity Squares (1975).

8. Tanni Grey-Thompson

Actress | Twenty Twelve

Tanni Grey-Thompson was born on July 26, 1969 in Cardiff, Wales as Tanni Carys Davina. She is an actress, known for Twenty Twelve (2011), Commonwealth Games (1954) and The London Marathon (1981). She has been married to Ian Thompson since 1999. They have one child.

9. Rosa Mota

Self | Contactos

Rosa Mota was born on June 29, 1958 in Porto, Portugal as Rosa Maria Correia dos Santos Mota.

10. Gianfranco Zola

Self | Match of the Day

Gianfranco Zola was born on July 5, 1966 in Oliena, Sardinia, Italy.

11. Björn Borg

Producer | 2018 Laver Cup

Bjorn Borg is one of the greatest players in tennis history. Perhaps the greatest player of the open era in tennis. He is the 1st of two men to have won Wimbledon 5 straight years in the modern era; the 2nd being Roger Federer. He also won the French Open 6 times for a total of 11 major titles, the...

12. José Raúl Capablanca

Actor | Shakhmatnaya goryachka

A chess grandmaster and the World Chess Champion from 1921 to 1927, Capablanca appeared in Chess Fever (1925), which was filmed while he was in Moscow competing in an international tournament. As a chess player, he was known for his clear, logical style, and at his peak he was considered almost ...

13. Catherine Destivelle

Self | Rock Queen

Catherine Destivelle was born on July 24, 1960 in Oran, Algeria.

14. Haile Gebrselassie

Self | Endurance

Haile Gebrselassie is an Ethiopian distance runner. He was born in the city of Bekoji, in the Arsi region of central Ethiopia. In the 10,000m competition he has 2 Olympic gold medals, 4 World Championships, and held the world record until it was broken by compatriot Kenenisa Bekele. He won the ...

15. Eddy Merckx

Self | American Flyers

Édouard Louis Joseph, Baron Merckx (born 17 June 1945), better known as Eddy Merckx, is a Belgian former professional road and track bicycle racer. Eddy Merckx is the undisputed greatest cyclist of all time. He was born in Meensel-Kiezegem, Brabant, Belgium. He grew up in Woluwe-Saint-Pierre where ...

16. Johan Cruyff

Self | Il profeta del gol

Johan Cruyff (or Cruijffie) is voted the best European soccer player of the twentieth century (and the second best worldplayer). He started his career with AJAX Amsterdam and led them to 4 European finals of which 3 were won (1971/1972/1973). In 1973 Cruyff joined Barcelona (for a the then ...

17. Usain Bolt

Producer | The Boy Who Learned to Fly

Usain Saint Leo Bolt is a Jamaican sprinter. Regarded as the fastest human being ever timed, he is the first man to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records since fully automatic time became mandatory. He also holds the world record in the 4 × 100 metres relay. He is the reigning World...

18. Mo Farah

Self | Mo Farah: No Easy Mile

Mo Farah was born on March 23, 1983 in Mogadishu, Somalia as Mohamed Farah. He has been married to Tania Farah since April 2010. They have four children.

19. Judit Polgár

Actress | Isten veletek, barátaim

Judit Polgár was born on July 23, 1976 in Budapest, Hungary. She is an actress, known for Isten veletek, barátaim (1987), Chess Kids (1996) and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992). She has been married to Gusztav Font since 2000. They have two children.

20. Pelé

Actor | Victory

Simply he was, and for many people still is, the greatest football player of the world. Not a single thing was impossible for him: he won three World Cup with his National Team of Brazil (Sweden 1958, Chile 1962, Mexico 1970). He scored more than 1.200 goals during his long career (more than 1.300 ...

21. Barry Sanders

Actor | Undeclared

Barry Sanders was born on July 16, 1968 in Wichita, Kansas, USA. He is an actor, known for Undeclared (2005), Touchback (2011) and The NFL on CBS (1956). He was previously married to Lauren Campbell.

22. Gareth Bale

Actor | BT Sport: Take Them All On

Gareth Frank Bale (born 16 July 1989) is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a winger for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Wales national team. Renowned for his ball striking from distance, swerving free kicks, and his ability to get past defenders with pace, Bale has received plaudits ...

23. Maureen Connolly

Self | Toast of the Town

Maureen Connolly was born on September 17, 1934 in San Diego, California, USA as Maureen Catherine Connolly. She was married to Norman Brinker. She died on June 21, 1969 in Dallas, Texas, USA.

24. Mervyn Davies

Self | This Is Your Life

Mervyn Davies was born on December 9, 1946 in Swansea, Wales. He was married to Jeni and Shirley Davies. He died on March 15, 2012 in the UK.

25. Gary Sobers

Actor | Two Gentlemen Sharing

Sir Garfield St Aubrun Sobers, AO, OCC (born 28 July 1936), also known as Gary or Garry Sobers, is a former cricketer who played for the West Indies between 1954 and 1974, and is widely considered to be cricket's greatest all-rounder.

Born in Bridgetown, Barbados, Sobers made his first-class debut ...

26. Shane Gould

Self | Australian Survivor

Shane Gould was born on November 23, 1956 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Shane Elizabeth Gould.

27. Lawrence Taylor

Actor | Any Given Sunday

Lawrence Taylor was born on February 4, 1959 in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA as Lawrence Julius Taylor. He is an actor and writer, known for Any Given Sunday (1999), The Waterboy (1998) and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002). He has been married to Lynette Rose Gordon since July 7, 2007. He was ...

28. Paolo Maldini

Self | 1999-2000 UEFA Champions League

Paolo Maldini was born on June 26, 1968 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. He has been married to Adriana Maldini since December 14, 1994. They have two children.

29. Aaron Rodgers

Actor | The Office

Aaron Rodgers was born on December 2, 1983 in Chico, California, USA as Aaron Charles Rodgers. He is a producer and actor, known for The Office (2005), Work Horses and Key and Peele (2012).

31. Jean-Pierre Rives

Actor | Vercingétorix

Jean-Pierre Rives is an actor, known for Druids (2001), Qui sont mes juges? (1987) and Connemara (1990).

32. Ingemar Stenmark

Self | Superstars

Ingemar Stenmark was a Swedish Slalom and Giant Slalom skier, competing for Fjällvinden Tärnaby. He is regarded as one of the most prominent Swedish sportsmen all-time.

Born in Joesjö, Storumans municipality, in Lappland (in the Province of Norrland). His family moved to nearby Tärnaby when he was ...

33. Martina Navratilova

Actress | Xia dao lian meng

Martina Navratilova is a retired Czech and American tennis player and coach. In 2005, Tennis magazine selected her as the greatest female tennis player for the years 1965 through 2005.

Navratilova was World No. 1 for a total of 332 weeks in singles, and a record 237 weeks in doubles, making her the ...

34. Clive Lloyd

Self | Prudential Cup 1975

Clive Lloyd was born on August 31, 1944 in Queenstown, Georgetown, Demerara, British Guiana as Clive Hubert Lloyd.

35. Lionel Messi

Actor | Argentina vs. Uruguay

Lionel Messi is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team. He has won the FIFA Ballon d'Or five times, four of them consecutively. Born and raised in central Argentina, Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone ...

36. Olga Korbut

Actress | The Bronze

Olga Korbut was born on May 16, 1955 in Grodno, Byelorussian SSR, USSR as Olga Valentinovna Korbut. She is an actress, known for The Bronze (2015), Games of the XXI Olympiad (1977) and Visions of Eight (1973). She was previously married to Leonid Bortkevich.

37. Walter Payton

Self | Saturday Night Live

Walter Payton, nicknamed "Sweetness, " is 2nd on the NFL's All time rushing list. His playing career lasted from 1975 to 1987. In those years, he amassed 16,026 rushing yards. He made a few appearances on television (as a guest star), but he was known as a profoundly personal man.

38. Justine Henin

Self | Plus belle la vie

Justine Henin was born on June 1, 1982 in Liège, Wallonia, Belgium. She was previously married to Pierre-Yves Hardenne.

39. Eusébio

Self | Eusébio, la Pantera Negra

Eusébio was born on January 25, 1942 in Lourenço Marques, Mozambique as Eusébio da Silva Ferreira. He was an actor, known for Eusébio, la Pantera Negra (1973), Fantasy World Cup (1998) and O Foguete (1983). He was married to Flora. He died on January 5, 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal.



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