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Actors Who Served: Hollywood Stars Who Are Military Veterans
movie fone ^ | 4-12-11 | Sharon Knolle

Posted on 04/14/2011 6:11:08 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB

In honor of Military Families Week, AOL salutes the many movie stars who've served our country, many of whom -- like George C. Scott and Henry Fonda -- also starred in the most famous war movies of all time.

Clark Gable enlisted at age 43 after losing wife Carole Lombard to the war effort, but some stars, including Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Stewart, were already in the service when the U.S. entered World War II. Others, like Gene Hackman and Harvey Keitel, did their service before becoming famous. (And both left home early to join up.)

Please join us in paying tribute to these famous veterans, who weren't just acting when they portrayed men in uniform.

(Excerpt) Read more at blog.moviefone.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Military/Veterans; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: actors; military; vets
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some I did not know, like Clint Eastwood being an Army swim instructor.
1 posted on 04/14/2011 6:11:13 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB
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Kris Kristofferson....did some acting...son of an Army Major General...became a US Army helo pilot, rank of Captain....not to forget...also a Rhodes scholar..


2 posted on 04/14/2011 6:15:57 PM PDT by sternup
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To: WOBBLY BOB
And lets not forget those that served in other ways, working in service clubs, touring the country on War Bond drives, entertaining the troops - often putting their careers on hold, and in a few cases even loosing their lives in this service like Glenn Miller and Carole Lombard.
3 posted on 04/14/2011 6:17:43 PM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Ernest Borgnine really was in the Navy.

I’m trying to think of some younger actors that have served in the military, but am drawing a blank.


4 posted on 04/14/2011 6:18:59 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

OoooRah!

It looks like the Corps is well represented in this group.

Semper Fi!


5 posted on 04/14/2011 6:21:36 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ("i\If we don't stand for something, we shall fall for anything" - Peter Marshall)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Johnny Carson - USN (USS Pennsylvania)
Ed McMahon - USMC


6 posted on 04/14/2011 6:21:58 PM PDT by al44
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To: WOBBLY BOB
Ted Knight - two Bronze Stars in EOD

Eddie Albert - Drove amtraks at Tarawa

The true list goes on and on. Today's armed forces couldn't even use most of the skinny pretty-boys in Hollywood.

7 posted on 04/14/2011 6:23:26 PM PDT by Dilbert56 (Harry Reid, D-Nev.: "We're going to pick up Senate seats as a result of this war.")
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To: NavyCanDo

“And let’s not forget those that served in other ways...”

Amen to that!

This is a really great tribute to some of those folks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07DGeLvDw8I

North Platte Canteen.

Warning: even you Jar Heads out there may need a hankie... this one did.


8 posted on 04/14/2011 6:25:31 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ("If we don't stand for something, we shall fall for anything" - Peter Marshall)
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To: WOBBLY BOB
Waaaall.....Jimmy Stewart flew B-24's with the Eighth in WWII.



(Fourth from left - standing in rear.)
9 posted on 04/14/2011 6:26:12 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (Tosca, mi fai dimenticare Iddio!!!)
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To: al44

Ed Mcmahon, I read somewhere was buried with full Marine honors and his son is a Marine.


10 posted on 04/14/2011 6:27:12 PM PDT by max americana ( NF)
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To: WOBBLY BOB
Hollywood Star....imo...yes...

Audie Murphy

11 posted on 04/14/2011 6:27:27 PM PDT by sternup
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Audie Murphy


12 posted on 04/14/2011 6:29:12 PM PDT by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: smokingfrog

I don’t know that Cary Grant was ever in the military (British?)or saw combat. But in Operation Petticoat he played a WWII submarine skipper. Every morning without fail he presented himself for inspection to the technical director, a retired admiral and a WWII sub skipper. Every minute detail of his uniform had to be exact. He accepted nothing short of perfection, and I take that to be his tribute to the military.


13 posted on 04/14/2011 6:31:19 PM PDT by ArmyTeach (Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain ... Iowa 61)
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To: max americana


Col. Edward McMahon, USMC


Lamh Foistenach Abu!
14 posted on 04/14/2011 6:34:26 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN '69 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Charles Durning, US Army- WWII
Lee Marvin, USMC- WWII
Dennis Franz, US Army- Vietnam
Donald Pleasance, RAF Fighter Pilot- WWII


15 posted on 04/14/2011 6:37:49 PM PDT by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Glenn Ford and Captain Kangaroo.


16 posted on 04/14/2011 6:38:50 PM PDT by willk
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Lee Marvin! Enlisted in the Marine corps, was wounded on Saipan.


17 posted on 04/14/2011 6:39:35 PM PDT by petro45acp (NO good endeavour survives an excess of "adult supervision" (hence the American experiment))
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To: Emperor Palpatine
I was born and raised in Jimmy Stewart's hometown of Indiana, PA...

...that's the old County Courthouse behind him. I grew up about two blocks from where that photo was taken :-)

18 posted on 04/14/2011 6:41:51 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: smokingfrog

Drew Carey is a former Marine.


19 posted on 04/14/2011 6:42:13 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: sternup

I recently picked up the 80’s miniseries “Amerika”. Kirstofferson is very good in it.


20 posted on 04/14/2011 6:46:37 PM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB
You got some great comments that add to the article. Here is my two cents worth.

George C. Scott: My son began his service as a guard at the 8th and I Marine Barracks, after completing School of Infantry and Security School, and before going to the White House Communication Agency as a member of Marine Presidential Security Forces. (He served under George Bush #2) It is as a terrible place today as it was then to send any young man. They seldom exercise or fire a weapon, and are continually picked on for minuscule issues about uniforms and behavior. Whatever leadership skills the officers and NCO’s acquired elsewhere are abandoned for their duration there.

Henry Fonda: The article did not mention his staring roll in “Mr. Roberts”. For the roll he wore the same Navy officer’s hat he wore on active duty.

21 posted on 04/14/2011 6:47:48 PM PDT by Retain Mike
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Don Imus served in the Marines


22 posted on 04/14/2011 6:50:15 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Obama. Chauncey Gardiner without the homburg.)
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To: smokingfrog

Drew Carey


23 posted on 04/14/2011 6:50:27 PM PDT by US Navy Vet
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To: smokingfrog

Drew Carey served in the Marines and the reserves


24 posted on 04/14/2011 6:51:23 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Obama. Chauncey Gardiner without the homburg.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Granted this article is about American actors, but LTC David Niven and James Doohan both had distinguished records in WWII. Michael Caine later served with the Royal Fusiliers in the ‘50s.


25 posted on 04/14/2011 6:52:11 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: muir_redwoods

Harvey Keitel and Gene Hackman are Marines.


26 posted on 04/14/2011 6:52:32 PM PDT by Borges
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To: WOBBLY BOB

James Arness(Gunsmoke) Battle of Anzio


27 posted on 04/14/2011 6:53:49 PM PDT by US Navy Vet
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To: Blood of Tyrants

I never would have guessed.

28 posted on 04/14/2011 6:55:39 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: sternup
Kris Kristofferson....did some acting...

that depends on what the meaning of "acting" is.

29 posted on 04/14/2011 6:57:18 PM PDT by digger48
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To: WOBBLY BOB

BTTT


30 posted on 04/14/2011 6:58:34 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Emperor Palpatine
Two more Pennsylvania boys...

Jack Palance was trained as a B-24 pilot but did not deploy due to injuries sustained in a training crash.

Charles Bronson, "...enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces and served as an aerial gunner in the 760th Flexible Gunnery Training Squadron, and in 1945 as a B-29 Superfortress crewman with the 39th Bombardment Group based on Guam. He was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds received during his service."

31 posted on 04/14/2011 6:59:56 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

James Garner.


32 posted on 04/14/2011 7:01:18 PM PDT by isom35
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Johnny Cash was a Morse Code Intercept Operator with the USAF.


33 posted on 04/14/2011 7:02:53 PM PDT by Signalman
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Elvis Presley - Army
Leonard Cohen - Israeli Army
34 posted on 04/14/2011 7:03:10 PM PDT by GOPJ (Understanding the Koran: http://www.citizenwarrior.com/2009/05/terrifying-brilliance-of-islam.html)
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To: Emperor Palpatine
Waaaall.....Jimmy Stewart flew B-24's with the Eighth in WWII.

IIRC, Jimmy Stewart insisted that his agent take 10% of his military pay during the war.

35 posted on 04/14/2011 7:03:18 PM PDT by Poison Pill
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To: Dilbert56

“The true list goes on and on. Today’s armed forces couldn’t even use most of the skinny pretty-boys in Hollywood.”

I don’t know but maybe it could turn some of them into men?


36 posted on 04/14/2011 7:06:31 PM PDT by kickonly88 (I love fossil fuel!)
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To: DarthVader

Jack Klugman - US Army, WWII


37 posted on 04/14/2011 7:07:11 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: GOPJ

George Carlin — U.S. Air Force
Jimi Hendrix — U.S. Army


38 posted on 04/14/2011 7:08:51 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Imagine.... a world without islam.)
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To: Poison Pill

There was also a radioman in Jimmy Stewart’s Bomber Group named Walter Matthau ;-)


39 posted on 04/14/2011 7:09:16 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: WOBBLY BOB
Freddy Fender (Baldemar Huerta) - San Benito Texas
-June 4, 1937 – October 14, 2006

In January 1954, at the age of 16, Fender quit school and started a three-year hitch in the United States Marine Corps. However, he was court-martialed in August 1956 and was discharged with rank of Private (E-1).

He was beset by legal troubles in May 1960 after he and a band member were arrested for possession of marijuana in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After serving nearly three years in the Angola prison farm, he was released through the intercession of then Governor Jimmie Davis, also a songwriter and musician.

In 1988, Fender played the mayor of a small New Mexico town in the Robert Redford-directed film, The Milagro Beanfield War.

40 posted on 04/14/2011 7:11:15 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Steve McQueen — U.S. Marines
James Earl Jones — U.S. Army Rangers
Shaggy (Reggae/Pop star)— U.S. Marines
Chuck Norris — U.S. Air Force
Bill Cosby — U.S. Navy (medic)


41 posted on 04/14/2011 7:16:15 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Imagine.... a world without islam.)
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To: ScottinVA

Jimi Hendrix — U.S. Army

101st AB, BTW


42 posted on 04/14/2011 7:17:30 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Imagine.... a world without islam.)
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And of course...

Lee Ermey, USMC!

43 posted on 04/14/2011 7:21:11 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Imagine.... a world without islam.)
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Not sure if these have been mentioned yet:

John Russell - USMC WW2 (2nd Lt., 6th Marine Regiment, Guadalcanal)

Hugh O'Brian - USMC WW2. At the time (and perhaps still), the youngest drill instructor in Marine Corp History, at age 17.

Alvy Moore - USMC, WW2, Iwo Jima. (County Agent "Hank Kimball" on "Green Acres")

Steve McQueen - USMC.

Robert Stack - USN WW2 (gunnery instructor).

Charleton Heston - U.S. Army Air Force WW2 (B-25, Eleventh Air Force, Aleutian Islands).

Christopher George - USMC Korea ("Rat Patrol" star, co-starred with John Wayne in "El Dorado", "Chisum" and "The Train Robbers")

44 posted on 04/14/2011 7:21:31 PM PDT by holymoly
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Mark Valley, the star of Human Target, is a West Point grad.


45 posted on 04/14/2011 7:23:54 PM PDT by rabidralph (http://www.conservativedna.com/)
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To: ScottinVA

I heard a story that Hendrix was very reluctant to become an anti-war activist, even though those around him BEGGED him.


46 posted on 04/14/2011 7:29:55 PM PDT by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... Ming the Merciless)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

I notice a lot of black and white photos and not a whole lot of recent Hollywood stars in this mix. That’s telling, and also a shame.


47 posted on 04/14/2011 7:30:49 PM PDT by jz638
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To: WOBBLY BOB
James Earl Jones - US Army

Carroll O'Conner - Merchant Seaman during WWII
(He quit college to join the Navy, but the Navy turned him down)

48 posted on 04/14/2011 7:32:56 PM PDT by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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To: ScottinVA

James Earl Jones: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
During college, he joined the Reserve Officer Training Corps and became a cadet in the Pershing Rifles Drill Team. Although the Korean War was underway, Jones wasn’t activated until 1953. He says he was “washed out” of Ranger training and was instead sent to establish a cold weather training unit in Colorado.

(And Jimmy Hendrix was drummed out of my old outfit: 101st ABN, 3rd Brigade)

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/crime/jimis-private-parts


49 posted on 04/14/2011 7:37:32 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: Dilbert56

James Garner served in Korea, was captured by the ChiComs and escaped, suffering an injury along the way that he has had to live with ever since.


50 posted on 04/14/2011 7:50:26 PM PDT by AmericanVictory (Should we be more like them or they more like we used to be?)
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