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70+ Celebrities Who Were in the Military

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The many celebrities who were in the military are those who signed up to make the ultimate sacrifice for their countries. Through the years, many famous people have served in the military. While some were drafted, others enlisted voluntarily, and some even joined up multiple times. Many actors from the golden era of Hollywood served during World War II. The Vietnam War was also a popular era for actors who were in the military.

Many famous American military veterans went on to have illustrious careers in the entertainment industry. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly actor Clint Eastwood served in the US Army during the Korean War and almost died when he was involved in a plane crash. The plane landed in the ocean near Fort Ord, CA, and Eastwood was able to swim to safety. Some 40 years later, he won his first Oscar for directing Unforgiven. Other prolific actors who have served in the military include Paul Newman, Morgan Freeman, and Chuck Norris. 

Some surprising celebs also served in the military, including musicians and rocks stars. Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia joined the US Army, but left the military 9 months later to study at the Art Institute of San Francisco. Other surprising military men include Tool front man Maynard James Keenan, comedian Drew Carey, and rapper Ice-T.

Do you think that serving in the military gave these famous people the discipline they needed to succeed in their careers? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
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  1. Oliver Stone is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 70+ Celebrities Who Were in the Military
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    Oliver Stone served in the Vietnam War, and made Platoon based on his experiences.

    William Oliver Stone is an American film director, screenwriter, producer and military veteran. Stone came to public prominence between the mid-1980s and the early 1990s for writing and directing a series of films about the Vietnam War, in which he had participated as an infantry soldier. Many of ...more

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    • Age: 69
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Television director, Soldier, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Platoon, JFK, Natural Born Killers, Any Given Sunday
  2. Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 70+ Celebrities Who Were in the Military
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    "Million Dollar Baby" director Clint Eastwood was drafted by the US Army during the Korean War.

    Clinton "Clint" Eastwood, Jr. is an American actor, film director, producer, musician, and politician. He rose to international fame with his role as the Man with No Name in Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy of spaghetti Westerns during the 1960s, and as antihero cop Harry Callahan in the five Dirty Harry ...more

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    • Age: 85
    • Birthplace: California, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Politician, Pianist, Television producer, + more
    • Credits: Million Dollar Baby^! Gran Torino^! Unforgiven^! Rawhide
  3. Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 70+ Celebrities Who Were in the Military
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    Elvis Presley joined the US Army in 1958.

    Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as "the King of Rock and Roll", or simply, "the King". Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, and when he was 13 years old, he and his family ...more

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    • Age: Died at 42 (1935-1977)
    • Birthplace: Tupelo, Mississippi, United States of America
    • Profession: Soldier, Musician, Actor, Singer
    • Credits: Love Me Tender, Blue Hawaii, Jailhouse Rock, Viva Las Vegas
  4. Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 70+ Celebrities Who Were in the Military
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    "Bucket List" Morgan Freeman served in the US Air Force.

    Morgan Freeman is an American actor, film director, and narrator. Freeman has received Academy Award nominations for his performances in Street Smart, Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption and Invictus, and won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2005 for Million Dollar Baby. He has also won a ...more

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    • Age: 78
    • Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting, + more
    • Credits: The Shawshank Redemption, Se7en, Driving Miss Daisy, Million Dollar Baby
  5. Chuck Norris is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 70+ Celebrities Who Were in the Military
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    Chuck Norris served in the US Airforce.

    Carlos Ray "Chuck" Norris is an American martial artist, actor, film producer and screenwriter. After serving in the United States Air Force, he began his rise to fame as a martial artist, and has since founded his own school, Chun Kuk Do. Norris appeared in a number of action films, such as Way of the ...more

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    • Age: 75
    • Birthplace: Ryan, Oklahoma, United States of America
    • Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Author, Actor, + more
    • Credits: The Way of the Dragon, Missing in Action, The Delta Force, The Expendables 2
  6. Pat Sajak is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 70+ Celebrities Who Were in the Military
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    "Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak served in the US Army during the Vietnam War.

    Pat Sajak is an American television personality, former weatherman, actor and talk show host, best known as the host of the American television game show Wheel of Fortune. more

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    • Age: 69
    • Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois
    • Profession: Talk show host, Television producer, Game Show Host, Film Producer, Radio personality, + more
    • Credits: The Price Is Right, Airplane II: The Sequel, Wheel of Fortune, Wheel of Fortune's daytime version, Pat Sajak Weekend, + more
  7. Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 70+ Celebrities Who Were in the Military
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    Jimi Hendrix joined the Army after being caught stealing cars.  He was given the choice of Army or prison.

    James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix was an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century.more

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    • Age: Died at 28 (1942-1970)
    • Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Entrepreneur, Musician, + more
    • Credits: Almost Famous, Wayne's World, Point Break, Minions
  8. Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 70+ Celebrities Who Were in the Military
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    Musician Marvin Gaye enlisted in the US Air Force, but was discharged after he faked a mental illness.

    Marvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter and musician. Gaye helped to shape the sound of Motown Records, first as an in house session player in the 1960s and later as a solo artist with a string of hits, including How Sweet It Is and I Heard It Through the Grapevine, and duet recordings with Mary ...more

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    • Age: Died at 45 (1939-1984)
    • Birthplace: Washington^! D.C., USA
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Composer, + more
    • Credits: Se7en^! Zodiac^! Transformers^! Captain America: The Winter Soldier
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