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Celebrities Who Were In The Military

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The many celebrities who were in the military 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 busy time in which actors 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 U.S. Army during the Korean War and almost perished in a plane crash. The plane landed in the ocean near Fort Ord, CA, but Eastwood was able to swim to safety. Roughly 40 years later, he won his first two Oscars for Unforgiven. Other well-known actors who have served in the military include Paul Newman, Morgan Freeman, and Chuck Norris. 

Some surprising celebrities served in the military as well, including musicians and rocks stars, such as Jimi Hendrix and Nate Dogg. Other celebrity vets include actor Tom Selleck, comedian Sinbad, 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?

  • Oliver Stone
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    Oliver Stone served in Vietnam and made Platoon based on his experiences.

    • Age: 74
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York

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  • Clint Eastwood
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    Million Dollar Baby director Clint Eastwood was drafted by the U.S. Army to serve in Korea.

    • Age: 90
    • Birthplace: San Francisco, California

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  • Elvis Presley
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    Elvis Presley joined the U.S. Army in 1958.

    Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), also known mononymously as Elvis, 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 relocated to Memphis, Tennessee, with his family when he was 13 years old. His music career began there in 1954, recording at Sun Records with producer Sam Phillips, who wanted to bring the sound of African-American music to a wider audience. Presley, on rhythm acoustic guitar, and accompanied by lead guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, was a pioneer of... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Passed at 42 (1935-1977)
    • Birthplace: Tupelo, Mississippi

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  • Morgan Freeman
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    The Bucket List actor Morgan Freeman served in the U.S. Air Force.

    Morgan Freeman (born June 1, 1937) is an American actor, film director, and film narrator. Freeman won an Academy Award in 2005 for Best Supporting Actor with Million Dollar Baby (2004), and he has received Oscar nominations for his performances in Street Smart (1987), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), and Invictus (2009). He has also won a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Freeman has appeared in many other box office hits, including Glory (1989), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), Seven (1995), Deep Impact (1998), The Sum of All Fears (2002), Bruce Almighty (2003), The Dark Knight Trilogy (2005–2012), Wanted (2008), RED (2010), Now You See Me... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 83
    • Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee

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