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This Sporting Life: The colorful football player, 64, was the star quarterback who led the New York Jets to an upset victory over the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III in 1969. Nicknamed "Broadway Joe," he was a media superstar and renowned bachelor whose wild and crazy private life often overshadowed his athletic career.
Reel Life: It wasn't long before Hollywood knocked on Namath's door. But he probably shouldn't have let the studios in. He was as wooden as a board in his debut, 1970's "Norwood," a dreadful little comedy drama featuring Glen Campbell and Namath as hitchhiking Marines. Even worse is the biker flick "C.C. and Company," which was released before "Norwood," and features Namath doing nude love scenes with Ann-Margret. Over the years, he's done stage -- he appeared at the Dorothy Chandler in 1984 with Robert Morse in an ill-fated revival of the musical "Sugar" -- a short-lived TV show called the "The Waverly Wonders" and tons of guest shots on episodic TV and talk shows. His best acting stint was the 1974 Beautymist pantyhose commercial which featured him actually wearing the hose!
October 10, 2012