In his 12-year career, he played for over 30 teams, in 15 various leagues, and in 7 different countries. Now he is a Hollywood actor, can you believe it?
Peter Vasilevich Cornell (born June 1, 1976) is a retired American professional basketball player. Cornell was born in San Francisco, California and raised in the small affluent town of Piedmont, California in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area. He graduated from Piedmont High School in 1994 and received a full basketball scholarship to play at Loyola Marymount University.
In 2001 he spent the whole summer with Los Angeles Lakers, played 3 preparation games for them (averaged 0,7 points and 1,7 rebounds in those 3 games) but on 23rd October coach Phil Jackson decided to ‘cut’ him from the roster. At that moment began his international career. He spent a few weeks with famous European team Partizan Belgrade (from Serbia) on trial but that didn’t last long. After that he played in Australia, China and few other countries. He spent a couple of seasons in Japan too where he finished his career in 2009.
The most interesting thing about him (and the reason why we wrote this article) is his acting career which began after he finished his basketball career in Japan. Peter Cornell is 6 ft 11 in (211cm) tall so he is something rare in the movie world. He has been in over 60 national and international commercial campaigns until now. Also he has been in 3 Super Bowl commercials (Chevy Aveo 2004, Dasani 2005 and Bud Light 2007). Cornell is known for his movies Semi-Pro (2008), Frankenhood (2009), Jane the Virgin (2014) and Space Jam 2 (2021). His most notable role until now is for sure in Semi-Pro (2008) where he played the character of Lithuanian basketball player Vakidis (who doesn’t know English very well).
We can’t wait to see in which movie this giant will play his next role!
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