As an athlete: Combining speed and power, Brown starred at running back for the Cleveland Browns. He stunned the sports world when he retired at the age of 30 as the leading rusher in NFL history. He went into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971. As an actor: Brown appeared in the 1967 World War II film "The Dirty Dozen" with Lee Marvin and Charles Bronson. He also was cast in the sci-fi spoof "Mars Attacks!" He has worked steadily as an actor, but he has never achieved the same success that he enjoyed in football.
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