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Most notable acting role: "Airplane"
The charm of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's role in "Airplane" is he gets to play both himself and a completely foreign role. He's Roger Murdock, dogged copilot of the doomed plane, and he's also... just Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, a basketball player mimicking a copilot for reasons we'll never know. If you have a problem with that, tell your old man to drag Walter and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes.