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Hollywood Stars - Veteran Patriots
Dolly Howard | November 11, 2005 | DollyCali

Posted on 11/11/2005 8:55:32 AM PST by DollyCali






With "JAG," "Navy CIS," "MASH," and other military television shows being quite popular, one might consider with how military service has enhanced the fame of veteran actors in Hollywood or vice versa.

During our distinguished history, some Hollywood actors have taken a break from their careers while they defended our country oftentimes to battle in war.

These hereos include Charles Bronson, Gary Cooper, Glenn Ford, Henry Fonda, Clarke Gable, Lee Marvin, Elvis Presley, and Jimmy Stewart.

More recent editions of entertainment veterans include "Limp Bizkit" lead singer Fred Durst who did service with the United States Navy.

Up until just recently, we could find James Reynolds on NBC's afternoon soap opera "Days of Our Lives." He starred as "Abe Carver" on the show from October, 1982 through September, 2003. Reynolds served for the U.S. Marine Corps and was wounded while in the Vietnam War ending his military career. Upon returning from the war and enrolling in Topeka's Washburn University, he was advised that the theatre department was the best place on campus to meet girls. Many of you might agree that this inducement is still true today. Reynolds listened and his career was off and running.

Dennis Franz, who portrayed detective "Andy Sipowicz" on "NYPD Blue," served in the Vietnam War with the U.S. Army's 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions. Says Franz of his tormenting 11 months over in Vietnam, "it was one of those experiences that you never want to experience again, but it was life altering. It was a very maturing time for me. I came back a much different person than when I left, maybe much more serious. I was very frivilous before I left. I left my youth over there. I left it behind." Remembering the friends that he made over there, he said, "I had seen many friends get wounded or lose their lives." He added that in this environment, "they become all important to you. So when something happens to them, it really hurts."

Chuck Norris performed as the lead character "Walker" for many years on "Walker, Texas Ranger." Norris served in the U.S. Air Force as a military policeman. He said that, "my years in the military changed my life. It helped me to get my focus." While in the service, he also took up Judo.

Don Bellisario, producer of "JAG," "Navy CIS," and "Magnum P.I," is himself formerly of the U.S. Marine Corps.

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has military experience as well. He served his native country in the Austrian Army working with armored tanks. This well known action hero and body builder explains that he joined up to receive fresh meat for his rigorous training appetite.

A further review will find additional celebrity actors who have donned the uniform of the U.S. armed forces. Briefly naming a few, Charleton Heston was a Sergeant with the Army Air Corps during World War II. JesseVentura saw action in the Vietnam War as a Navy SEAL. Clint Eastwood served in the U.S. Army while being stationed at Ft. Ord, CA. Montel Williams first enlisted into the Marine Corps and later attended the U.S. Naval Academy. He consequently earned a commission and became a Navy Intelligence Officer. Alan Alda was a combat officer with the Army while fighting in the Korean War. Jay North from "Dennis The Menace" served in the Navy. Drew Carey was with the Marine Corps for 5 years.

Women are now getting into the act more and more. Robin Quivers, longtime a sidekick of Howard Stern, was a Captain and nurse in the military. T.J. Myers served in Operation Desert Storm with the Army. Darva Conger, who was briefly married to Rick Rockwell after "earning the opportunity" on the reality TV show "Who Wants To Marry A Millionaire," was a nurse Staff Sergeant with the Air Force. Former Navy petty officer Sherry Lynne White's career includes appearing on several episodes of "Baywatch Hawaii." Coincidentially, both Conger and White have posed for Playboy." Speaking of Playboy, Editor-in-Chief Hugh Hefner was in the Army as an infantry clerk from 1944 - 1946.

J. Scott Davis, enlisted into the Navy, held the Gunner's Mate- Guns petty officer rating, specialty of Surface Rescue Swimmer, and served in the Persian Gulf War aboard a naval destroyer.He has built a very interesting web page listing those famous Hollywood celebrities who are veterans of the military. Please take a moment to view it enclosed below:

http://www.geocities.com/entertainmentveterans/chiseled.html


Remember to never take for granted your freedom.
Always appreciate the contribution those provide you
in the armed forces year around 24 hours per day.



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Yoda isn't a US military vet.. but if he were "REAL" I'll bet he would be!

1 posted on 11/11/2005 8:55:33 AM PST by DollyCali
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To: DollyCali

All that true or is some of it "snopeable"?


2 posted on 11/11/2005 8:58:41 AM PST by dakine
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Audie Murphy is and always will be "THE MAN".


3 posted on 11/11/2005 9:00:13 AM PST by FearlessFreep (Sometimes I think I am educated beyond my intelligence.)
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To: The Mayor; ST.LOUIE1; LUV W; Mrs.Nooseman; GodBlessUSA; Colonial Warrior; Hushpuppie; deadhead; ...

4 posted on 11/11/2005 9:00:17 AM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your s God is!)
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To: dakine

Most of what I found is in many locations.. BUT, I will be the first to admit nothing is for sure! But, what is here is impressive, IMHO.. I esp loved the first section I worked up w/pix that is over & over on many sources.


5 posted on 11/11/2005 9:02:12 AM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your s God is!)
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To: DollyCali

No modern 'stars'? My, how Hollyweird has slipped.


6 posted on 11/11/2005 9:03:52 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: DollyCali
Beautiful Table Dolly! This is excellent! The days there were many good men in Hollywood. :) And truly handsome too. :)

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7 posted on 11/11/2005 9:04:19 AM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: DollyCali

God bless them all! Hey, where is Jackie Coopers pic! I believe he served as well.


8 posted on 11/11/2005 9:05:35 AM PST by derllak
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To: DollyCali

Great research and beautiful table of our Hollywood Heroes Dolly! Thanks for the ping!


9 posted on 11/11/2005 9:05:42 AM PST by LUV W ( REMEMBER THE ALITO! Part of the Bucket Brigade.......Bushbot and Tony Snowbot!)
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To: DollyCali

Alan Alda was a combat officer with the Army while fighting in the Korean War.

He was born on 28 January 1936. That would have made him 17 years old the year the Korean War ended. He suffered from bad case of Polio as a young child. At its worst point he was only able to move his left arm. I really doubt he saw duty in Korea, never mind being an officer.

10 posted on 11/11/2005 9:08:50 AM PST by garybob (More sweat in training, less blood in combat.)
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To: DollyCali
Posted at the 11th hour on the 11th month, on the 11th day. How very apropos.
11 posted on 11/11/2005 9:10:45 AM PST by Texagirl4W ("I am too blessed to be stressed and too anointed to be disappointed!")
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To: DollyCali; All

Even my fav sci fi writer Rod Serling aka Twilight ZOne he was WW2 veteran

I think back in da day Hollywood actors have more respect to the miltary not like NOWWWW


12 posted on 11/11/2005 9:11:13 AM PST by SevenofNine ("Not everybody in, it, for truth, justice, and the American way,"= Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: LUV W

"Alan Alda was a combat officer with the Army while fighting in the Korean War."

I have a hard time picturing that....


13 posted on 11/11/2005 9:11:47 AM PST by DesignerChick
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To: MEGoody
No modern 'stars'? My, how Hollyweird has slipped.

so true!

14 posted on 11/11/2005 9:11:59 AM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your s God is!)
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To: Texagirl4W

11

hmmm

surely not on purpose, but I have to tell you over the past month the number 11 has been overwhelming in my life!!!


15 posted on 11/11/2005 9:13:06 AM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your s God is!)
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Lee Marvin and Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo) were both in the USMC.


16 posted on 11/11/2005 9:13:41 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: DesignerChick

You and me both....what on earth happened to him!

But I would thank him anyway for serving. It would probably embarrass him....GOOD!


17 posted on 11/11/2005 9:14:18 AM PST by LUV W ( REMEMBER THE ALITO! Part of the Bucket Brigade.......Bushbot and Tony Snowbot!)
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To: DesignerChick
Alan Alda gained international acclaim for his leading role as Hawkeye Pierce on Twentieth Television's hit series M*A*S*H. He garnered an unprecedented number of awards for his portrayal of a surgeon "temporarily misassigned" to the Korean War.

He played a military man.. not sure he was one..

Alda Bio

18 posted on 11/11/2005 9:15:50 AM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your s God is!)
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To: LUV W

"After graduation, he joined the Army Reserve and served a six-month tour of duty as a gunnery officer in Korea."

From Wikipedia.
Obviously he got sucked into the 60's vaccuum and was lost forever.


19 posted on 11/11/2005 9:15:59 AM PST by DesignerChick
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To: DollyCali

Thanks for the ping! Boy, Tyrone Power was a good looking man, and I never realized how tiny Audie Murphy was, either!


20 posted on 11/11/2005 9:18:41 AM PST by alwaysconservative (Well, alrighty then!)
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