An Actor In Hollywood
Meanwhile, Ventura had been developing a career as an actor, landing his first role in 1985 on the NBC television series Hunter, a police drama starring former pro football defensive lineman Fred Dryer. The role earned him $850, and gave him a leg up into feature films. He shot his first feature in 1986, appearing alongside superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1987 film Predator. This role netted him $5,000 a week, and within the year, he was earning $20,000 a week acting in films.
In 1989 and 1990, Ventura worked as a commentator on Tampa Bay Buccaneers football games. But this job ended after he attended only half the games during his second season, because of his acting commitments. He lasted only one year working Minnesota Vikings games.