Fran Tarkenton: In The Movies


Fran Tarkenton is one of the best quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL. He came to the league in 1961 with the Minnesota Vikings in their first year in football. He spent the first six years of his career with the Vikings before being traded to the New York Giants in 1967. He then spent five seasons in New York before eventually being traded back to Minnesota where he would play the final seven years of his career. At the time of his retirement, Tarkenton owned most of the passing records in the league and also was a well regarded rushing quarterback too. During his career he made it to the Pro Bowl nine times, was the MVP of the NFL in 1975, and was the Pro Bowl MVP in 1964. He was later inducted into both the College Football Hall of Fame as well as the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Tarkenton’s fame crossed over to entertainment as well, and here is a look at some of his acting credits.

M*A*S*H – 1 episode (uncredited)

Hill Street Blues – 1 episode

1st & Ten – 2 episodes

Tarkenton also portrayed himself a number of times too, some involving football situations and some not including Saturday Night Live, That’s Incredible!, Donny and Marie, and a Bob Hope special.

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