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‘Running Wild With Bear Grylls’ star Shaquille O’Neal’s many TV roles

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Shaquille O'Neal guest starred on "Fresh Off the Boat" on ABC last year. Credit: ABC / Tyler Golden

Former NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal is this week’s guest on “Running Wild With Bear Grylls” (Monday, Aug. 29, at 10 p.m., NBC/4). The pair are lifted from a freight train via helicopter and whisked away to a dense forest in the Adirondacks, where they must figure out how to return to civilization. Here are five other times we’ve seen Shaq on TV when he wasn’t blocking shots or pulling down rebounds:

MY WIFE AND KIDS (2001) O’Neal made a cameo on the ABC sitcom starring Damon Wayans and Tisha Campbell-Martin; in a dream sequence, he was shown trying to stop a crying baby.

CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM (2001) Larry David gets courtside seats for a Lakers game at Staples Center. He stretches out, extends his legs, tripping O’Neal and causing the hoopster to sustain a serious knee injury. (As a result, Larry becomes the most hated man in L.A.)

THE PARKERS (2002) In an episode of this UPN sitcom, Nikki (Mo’Nique) and Andell (Yvette Wilson) sneak into the Lakers’ locker room to get an autographed jersey from O’Neal after the one belonging to Professor Oglevee (Dorien Wilson) is ruined.

UPLOAD WITH SHAQUILLE O’NEAL (2013) O’Neal hosted this TruTV reality series in which he and three co-hosts review and comment on funny viral videos.

FRESH OFF THE BOAT (2015) O’Neal played the proprietor of a car dealership bearing his name, and he also made a cameo playing himself in a 2016 episode of the ABC sitcom.


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