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80 Famous Military Brats

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List of Famous Military Brats ranked by fame and popularity. A military brat is a nickname used to describe the children of parents who are serving in the military. These military kids frequently move around a lot within the United States and overseas. The term is considered a term of endearment amongst military members, but could be considered offensive if used in a derogatory way by civilians.

Who is the most famous military brat? Jessica Alba tops our list. The “Sin City” actress's father was active in the U.S. Air Force. Throughout her childhood, Alba lived in Biloxi, Mississippi, Del Rio, Texas and Claremont, California. Other famous actresses who are considered military brats include “Legally Blonde” star Reese Witherspoon, “Melrose Place” actress Heather Locklear and “Junebug” star Amy Adams.

Some famous men also spent their childhood as military brats. Bill Cosby's father was active in the U.S. Navy and fought in World War II. Cosby followed in his father's footsteps and enlisted in the Navy after he dropped out of high school. Senator John McCain comes from a long line of military men. As a child McCain spent a lot of time moving around because of his father's Navy career and attended almost 20 different schools. Other famous men who were military brats include Andy Dick, Elton John and Tim Curry.

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  • Bruce Willis
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    Bruce Willis was born in Germany where his father was stationed while working as an American soldier.
    • Age: 60
    • Birthplace: Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

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  • Amy Adams
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    "The Fighter" actress Amy Adams' father was a U.S. military man, and she spent most of her childhood moving from base to base.
    • Age: 41
    • Birthplace: Vicenza, Italy

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  • Tiger Woods
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    Tiger Woods's father was a Lieutenant Colonel.
    • Age: 44
    • Birthplace: Cypress, California, United States of America

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  • "Melrose Place" actress Heather Locklear grew up as a military brat.
    • Age: 59
    • Birthplace: Westwood, Los Angeles, California

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