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28 Actors Who Went Into Politics

List of Actors Who Went Into Politics Ranked by Fame and Popularity. It seems that every actor has an opinion about politics. Several actors actually made the transition to become politicians later in life, while others started their careers in politics. Some actors focused on local governments, while others were elected to national offices. This list includes actors who recently threw in their hat and ran for office, as well as many who got elected.

Who is the most famous actor who went into politics? Ronald Reagan tops our list. To date, Reagan is the only former-actor to make it all the way to the office of the President of the United States, which he held from 1981-1989. Ronald Reagan starred in films such as "Kings Row" and "Bedtime for Bonzo," before entering into politics. He served as the Governor of California from 1967-1975. Arnold Schwarzenegger, best known for playing the title role in “Terminator,” was also the Governor of California from 2003-2011.

Some actors who are also politicians focused on their local governments. Clint Eastwood has directed and starred in Oscar Winning films like "Unforgiven" and "Million Dollar Baby." He served as mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California from 1986-1988. He also served on the California State Park and Recreation Commission and he spoke at the 2012 National Republican Convention.

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  1. In 2015, Little House on the Prairie actress Melissa Gilbert announced she would run for a congressional seat in Michigan's 8th district. The former child actress and her husband, fellow actor Timothy Busfield, live 60 miles from Detroit in a town called Howell. Although she had no prior political experience, Gilbert did serve two terms as president of the Screen Actors Guild. Gilbert, a Democrat running in a Republican stronghold, said in a statement about her campaign: "I believe building a new economy is a team effort, and we need to bring fresh voices to the table to get the job done. Please join my campaign, and together we can build that new economy for Michigan."

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    Age: age 51
    Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    Profession: Television director, Businessperson, Actor, Voice acting
    Children: Michael Boxleitner, Sam Boxleitner, Dakota Brinkman, Lee Boxleitner
  2. Ronald Reagan starred in films such as "Knute Rockne, All American" and "Bedtime for Bonzo" and was president of the Screen Actors Guild before entering into politics.  Reagan was the Governor of California from 1967-1975 and the President of the United States from 1981-1989.

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    Age: Died at 93 (1911-2004)
    Birthplace: Tampico, Illinois, United States of America
    Profession: Spokesperson, Politician, Soldier, Lifeguard, Radio personality + 1 more
    Schools: Eureka College, Dixon High School
    Major/Field Of Study: Sociology, Economics
    Place Of Death: Bel-Air, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    Children: Michael Reagan, Patti Davis, Ron Reagan, Maureen Reagan, Christine Reagan
  3. Steven Michael Quezada

    Breaking Bad actor Steven Michael Quezada is running for county commissioner of Albuquerque, New Mexico, the same city where he, as DEA Agent Steve Gomez, fought the good fight against drug lords and meth heads in AMC's acclaimed series. Announced on July 21, 2015, the actor, comedian, and community activist, will be running as a Democratic candidate.

  4. Clint Eastwood has directed and starred in Oscar Winning films like "Unforgiven" and "Million Dollar Baby."  He served as mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, from 1986-1988. He also served on the California State Park and Recreation Commission, and he spoke at the 2012 National Republican Convention.

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    Age: age 85
    Birthplace: California, United States of America
    Profession: Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Politician, Pianist, Television producer + 5 more
    Schools: Los Angeles City College, Piedmont High School, Piedmont Middle School, Oakland Technical High School, University of Southern California
    Children: Alison Eastwood, Scott Eastwood, Francesca Eastwood, Kyle Eastwood, Kimber Lynn Eastwood + 2 more
  5. Arnold Schwarzenegger is well-known for appearing in films like "Kindergarten Cop" and "Terminator."  He also has had a successful career as a politician serving as the Governor of California from 2003-2011.

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    Age: age 68
    Birthplace: Thal, Austria
    Profession: Bodybuilder, Television director, Businessperson, Politician, Investor + 4 more
    Schools: University of Wisconsin-Superior, Santa Monica College
    Major/Field Of Study: Business Administration
    Children: Patrick Schwarzenegger, Katherine Schwarzenegger, Christopher Schwarzenegger, Joseph Baena, Christina Schwarzenegger
  6. As a child star, Shirley Temple appeared in films such as "The Little Princess" and "Bright Eyes." Though she retired from acting at age 22, she ran for the United States House of Representatives in 1967. She also served the US Ambassador to Ghana from 1974-1976 and as the US Ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1989-1992.

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    Age: Died at 86 (1928-2014)
    Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States of America
    Profession: Politician, Diplomat, Actor, Singer, Dancer
    Schools: Harvard-Westlake School, Westlake School for Girls, Meglin Dance Studio
    Place Of Death: Woodside, California, United States of America
    Children: Lori Black, Charles Alden Black Jr., Linda Susan Agar
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