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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 movie 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 well known celebrity vets 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.


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

Age: 70

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

Also Ranked

#64 on The Greatest Directors in Movie History

#27 on The Greatest Living Directors, Ranked

#79 on The Most Beloved US Veterans

#12 on The Most Overrated Directors of All Time

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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 ...more

Age: 86

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Politician, Pianist, Television producer, + more

Credits: Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, Unforgiven, Rawhide

Also Ranked

#30 on The Best Actors Working Today

#10 on The Best Living American Actors

#18 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#11 on The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

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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

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

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#8 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#3 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#4 on The Best Singers of All Time

#63 on Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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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

Age: 79

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

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#5 on The Best Actors Working Today

#1 on The Best Actors to Start Their Careers on Soaps

#3 on The Best Living American Actors

#8 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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