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This list contains information about celebrities who were in the Peace Corps, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. The Peace Corps is a volunteer program run by the United States government, and it generally works to improve social and economic development around the world. Several famous actors, politicians, and authors have been members of the Peace Corps.

Who is the most famous person who was in the Peace Corps. Chris Matthews tops our list. He was a Peace Corps volunteer stationed in Swaziland from 1968-70. When he returned from serving in the Peace Corps, Matthews got into politics working as an aide for U.S. Senator Frank Moss. He first hosted his own talk show in 1994. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Swaziland from 1983-85.

Several famous women also served in the Peace Corps. Professional wrestler Chyna served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica from 1993-95. Politician Donna Shalala served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Iran from 1962-64. Author Mildred D. Taylor served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia from 1965-67.

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Bob Vila is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 12 Famous People Who Were in the Peace Corps
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Home improvement guru Bob Vila served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama, where he built houses from 1971-73.

Age: 69

Birthplace: Miami, Florida, USA

Profession: Television director, Author, Presenter

Credits: This Old House, Restore America, Home Again with Bob Vila

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Chyna is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 12 Famous People Who Were in the Peace Corps
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Wrestler Chyna (Joan Marie Laurer) served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica, where she taught literacy from 1993-95.

Age: 46

Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States of America

Profession: Bodybuilder, Pornographic actor, Wrestler, Actor, Singer

Credits: WWF Raw, Beyond the Mat, Cougar Club, Illegal Aliens

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#42 on Celebrities You Would Not Want as a Stepmom

#46 on WWE's Greatest Superstars of the 21st Century

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Chris Matthews is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 12 Famous People Who Were in the Peace Corps
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Chris Matthews was a Peace Corps volunteer stationed in Swaziland from 1968-70.

Age: 71

Birthplace: Somerton, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Profession: Commentator, Talk show host, Journalist, Author, Actor, + more

Credits: Hardball with Chris Matthews, The Chris Matthews Show, Morning Glory, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

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#19 on The Most Trustworthy Newscasters on TV Today

#16 on The Most Powerful People on Twitter

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Reed Hastings is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 12 Famous People Who Were in the Peace Corps
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Netflix CEO Reed Hastings served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Swaziland, where he taught mathematics from 1983-85.

Age: 56

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Profession: Businessperson, Entrepreneur

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#12 on The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World

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