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Top 10 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Served in the Military

July 29, 2019



war is hell but then so is Hollywood welcome to watchmojo.com and today we're counting down our picks for the top 10 celebrities you didn't know served in the military for this list we'll be looking at celebrities and famous faces of all sorts who have a surprising or unlikely military history not all of the celebrities on today's list will have seen conflict but all had a real roll rank and position in the military before and unrelated to their eventual fame note that we've tried to be as accurate as possible with the dates but some of them were difficult to verify 100% how often in the civilian world are you put in a life-or-death situation when you with your closest friends and they constantly demonstrate that they're not going to abandon you and meanwhile in acting school number 10 private first class Hugh Hefner United States Army sex and the attraction between the sexes does make the world go round known today as the commanding officer of a platoon of lingerie clad playmates Hugh Hefner's earliest years of adulthood were spent in the service of Uncle Sam the bunny spelled we should go this way smart bunnies Hef armed with a reported IQ of 152 despite his teachers feeling that he lacked enthusiasm Hefner graduated high school in 1944 and enlisted in the army soon after officially a clerk and typist have spent much of the war writing and drawing cartoons for various military publications until his discharge in 1946 it was an all pencil-pushing and daydreams however private Hefner earned a sharpshooter badge for his prowess with the m1 rifle and also graduated from live grenade training otherwise known as killer college fully intact so you still have three or four girl forgets to do it keeps me keep me young number nine Lance Corporal Adam driver United States Marine Corps and you were a Marine yeah okay following the 9/11 terror attacks the future kylo Ren actor sought to serve and arguably the toughest branch of the American military the US Marine Corps serving in the weapons company of the 1st battalion 1st Marines the one one driver was assigned to the 81-millimeter mortar section but saw no field service after breaking his sternum in a mountain biking accident the eventual master of the Knights of Ren was medically discharged shortly before his unit was deployed for service in the Iraq war driver credits his time in the Marine Corps for giving him the confidence to do anything including Riyadh dition in for Julliard which he did about a year after his discharge I was a Marine I knew how to survive I would go to New York and become an actor and if things didn't work out I'd live in Central Park and dumpster dive behind Panera Bread number 8 Captain James Blunt British Army sponsored through University by the British Army James Blunt was required to serve in the military for a minimum of four years and did so admirably and I what used to be in a business in the Army was dealt with life and death and those were very real to suddenly had to try and concentrate on them on fame and fortune I sometimes struggle with it trained at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst as well as the British Army training units afield in Alberta Canada the singer was eventually commissioned by the Life Guards a reconnaissance unit in 1999 blunt volunteered to take part in NATO's mission in Kosovo it was there that the captain may have single-handedly prevented an escalation in the already complicated conflict you actually single-handedly when you were in Kosovo stopped world war three from happening I'm glad you brought us out after leading 30,000 people from the Macedonia border to an airport almost 10 miles outside the Kasavin capital blunt and company found it was held by the Russians [Applause] when American General Wesley Clark ordered him to gain control of the airport by force Blount refused and eventually the Russians agreed to share the facility in exchange for food and water than when they when the Russians are run out of food and water they came back and asked us if we could have food and water and we said sure if you share the airport number seven corporal Mel Brooks United States Army 17 years old and still known as Melvin Kaminsky Brooks was tested and placed in the elite army specialized training program at the Virginia Military Institute in 1944 there he not only had his first cheeseburger but also gained what he called a code of honor and behavior trained in saber wielding and horsemanship among other skills the future comedian eventually became a combat engineer in the 11-hundred and fourth Engineer combat group in the 78th Infantry Division tasked with defusing landmines Brooks took part in the infamous Battle of the Bulge but also engaged in some unsanctioned ideology battles with the Nazis when the Germans hit allied troops with propaganda Brooks allegedly took it upon himself to assemble a sound system and hit back by playing music by Jewish composer Al Jolson they really liked it you know I think I think I could have ended the war right then in the air but General Patton or somebody kept going number six sergeant drew Carey United States Marine Corps Reserve I was the happiest ring so I was getting three meals a day which I didn't have before I was on my own not living on my brother's couch it's hard to picture the bane of Mimi's existence ever having a military career but with his horn rimmed glasses and crew-cut all the signs were right out in the open as it happens Kerry acquired both during his time in the 3rd battalion 25th Marine Regiment where he served as a field radio operator it was during this time that Kerry began dabbling in comedy mostly as a way to make some extra money Kerry stayed in the reserves for six years until his comedy career began to pick up but he repaid his gratitude to the forces by partnering up with the USO to entertain the troops all right folks go have a good race and I'll see you see it's not got much December 5 number 5 private first class Jimi Hendrix United States Army just like Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead Jimi Hendrix was a great guitar player but a terrible soldier in lieu of serving jail time after he was found in a stolen car for the second time James Marshall Hendrix enlisted in the Army on May 31st 1961 this man was in the hundred and first Airborne so when you regret your nasty letters in eventually becoming a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division Hendricks didn't go for the whole rules thing rarely turning up for bed checks requiring constant supervision and often getting shut-eye while on duty Jimmy's military performance only got worse when he asked his father to send him his guitar after the instrument arrived private Hendrix would stay in his bunk and jam that is unless his fellow soldiers hid it from him Jimmy's commitment to the six-string resulted in him being discharged after only one year of his three-year enlistment although he would later claim it was a broken ankle that did him in [Applause] [Applause] number four specialist for iced tea United States Army but this makes you don't need a pride just a tempo to keep you heights tired of selling pot and stealing car stereos and with a daughter to support Tracy marrow also known as ice-t joined the army and found himself in the 25th Infantry Division tea served in the Army for four years completed advanced infantry training and even became squad leader during his time at the Schofield Barracks Hawaii his old lifestyle didn't completely leave him however and ice-t was hit with charges for the theft of a rug and received disciplinary action for going AWOL around the same time it's so easy to make bad decisions your brain just says so what off-duty Merrill finally made a good investment when he bought turntable equipment to explore his then growing interest in hip hop t returned to civilian life four months early in 1983 when he learned that being a single father entitled him to an early discharge number three Ruth Westheimer Israel Defense Forces best known as an adorable accented sex-obsessed tiny old lady dr. Ruth was once an adorable accented sex-obsessed tiny sharpshooter after losing her parents to the Holocaust Westheimer found her way to Palestine not long before Israel declared its independence when war kicked off Ruth joined the Hagana a Jewish paramilitary organization and a precursor to the Israel Defense Forces we're owing to her tiny four foot seven inch frame she was made a scout and sniper I can still put five bullets in the night circle and throw hand grenades so be very careful even though she was an excellent shot dr. Ruth has no recorded kills although she was nearly killed herself when a shell exploded near her on her 20th birthday no less leaving her badly wounded when she recovered Ruth moved to France to further her education before immigrating to America in 1956 now a man is written comfortable physically in a woman's apartment so a man will you know maybe I'll know something like that number two airman third class George Carlin United States Air Force this country has been pushing with a world around and exploiting the people of the world for a long long time and sometimes you have to pay the piper if you thought the only time George Carlin spent in uniform was when he played mr. conductor you'd be wrong very wrong yes Ringo's shining time station replacement actually spent three years in the United States Air Force as a radar technician after dropping out of high school Carlin enlisted with the intent of using his GI Bill to fund his way through broadcasting school as the man was famously profane profound and anti-authoritarian Carlin's time in the military went about as well as you'd expect stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City Louisiana airman George was deemed quote unproductive court-martialled on three occasions this might have been due to his tendency to disc jockey at a nearby radio station while on active duty we may never know thanks for being here with me for a little while before we unveil our number one pick here are some honorable mentions [Applause] so I saw it well am I gonna be a waiter or Top Gun I work in the public school system it's not that different from number one Master Sergeant Bob Ross United States Air Force and here and there there's little stones under there that caused it to go it may not be a tightly held secret that Bob Ross was in the military but that doesn't make it any less surprising and just begin making all those fluffy little little things on top of the cloud after quitting school in grade 9 Ross joined the Air Force and served as a medical records technician before eventually working his way up through the ranks to the position of first sergeant of Eielson Air Force Base stationed in Alaska sergeant Ross learned and started to develop his signature wet-on-wet painting style so he could paint quickly while on break during this time and it's fun to prepare this canvas when nobody's looking and when you do this especially if you're painting for someone they think it's magic holding the rank of Master Sergeant however he was anything but the happy little tree we all know and love instead he was a typical screamin and authoritative drill sergeant after 20 years of shouting and making other people clean toilets Ross vowed to never scream again and took up painting full-time we're gonna call that finished from all of us here I'd like to wish you happy painting and god bless my friend do you agree with our list which celebrities military record surprised you the most for more guns a-blazing and totally AWOL top 10s published every day be sure to subscribe to watchmojo.com my rifle listen my god

39 Comments

  • Reply Kip Lambert July 29, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    James Doohan?

  • Reply HellhammerSS July 29, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    How bout Star Treks Scotty storming on Juno beach on DDay

  • Reply Patricia Dennis July 29, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Um they aren't going to discharge you because all you want to do is play guitar, he made a bad jump in basic parachute jump broke his ankle. You sign up you are going to serve point blank.the military will aresst you and untill you follow orders thats your new life. Idk , that had to of been a joke right?

  • Reply Joseph Stalin July 29, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Kurt Cobain served in the US Navy

  • Reply Vanessa Stegall July 29, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    James Blunt was in the British Army. 🤯

  • Reply MERICA #1 July 29, 2019 at 1:40 pm

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  • Reply Molina Long July 29, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Celebrities are Non military
    Are
    Dustin Hoffman
    Robert Redford

  • Reply Darell Bell July 29, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Wrestler SGT SLAUGHTER was in the MARINES

  • Reply Darell Bell July 29, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    John Cena USMC

  • Reply Darell Bell July 29, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Bob Barker from the PRICE IS RIGHT was in the Navy

  • Reply Darell Bell July 29, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Frank Sutton was an actual Sergeant in the ARMY during World War II. He became Sergeant Carter on the show GOMER PYLE USMC. REST IN PEACE

  • Reply Darell Bell July 29, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Rapper LL COOL J was a NAVY SEAL

  • Reply Lil Cup July 29, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Rip Bob Ross and Hugh Hefner

  • Reply Chamath Gunarathne July 29, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    What about making a video of top ten leaders who are military veterans

  • Reply Rob Peters July 29, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Ed McMahon. Soon after the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor, McMahon immediately enlisted and entered flight training in Dallas, Texas. Afterwards he completed fighter training in  Pensacola and obtained his carrier landing qualification. While he was still in  flight school, McMahon became an instructor, a role in which his ability to  project came in handy. His flight instructor status lasted for two years until  he was given orders to report to the Pacific Fleet. However, before he entered  combat, atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki which ended the war,  and facilitated the cancelation of his orders.Although the war ended, McMahon continued his service in the Marine  Reserves as an officer. Once the Korean War began, McMahon's active duty status was reinstated. His primary role during that war was to fly Cessna O-1 Bird  Dogs as a spotter for batteries and Navy and Marine fighter bombers. He flew a  total of 85 combat missions and earned six air medals. He retired in 1966 with  the rank of colonel.

  • Reply Jared Jams July 29, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    If the rumors about Mr Rogers were true he’d be #1

  • Reply nomoves199 _Sargeant_paolo10_ July 29, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    R. Lee Ermey (RIP) Senior Drill Instructor Gunnery Sergeant???? Marine Corps???

  • Reply JAVIER QUINTERO July 29, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    All the Bridges were Coast Guard or Coast Guard reserve.

  • Reply Brockers01 July 29, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Suprised Christopher Lee wasn't on here. He went from being special forces in WW2 to a sith lord

  • Reply Tim Ridgeway July 29, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Bob Ross!!!! Watched him as a kid, who knew!

  • Reply Tim Ridgeway July 29, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Bob Ross!!!!

  • Reply Chuck Alexander July 29, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    I want to see a footage of Bob Ross screaming

  • Reply John Rogan July 29, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Afro…unAmericans!…ice t and jimmy Hendricks

  • Reply Donna Jones July 29, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    The most amazing military career was mine i can't believe I put up with the bullshit for 21 years.

  • Reply Ronald Brown July 29, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Toughest branch in the military? That has got to be the stupidest f**** thing I've ever heard my life every time I ever saw those m********** in Afghanistan they were always going the other goddamn way. Don't get me wrong I do love my Devil Dogs stop stroking donkey dick here

  • Reply Mile High Jedi July 29, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    There's no such thing as an Airman 3rd class in the US Air Force.

  • Reply patrick young July 29, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    In my company (501st Trans, Kaiserslautern, Germany) over half the guys had arrest records. They told us on the Very First day of basic training, if you had ANY type of criminal record you may as well quit right now. We all stayed silent. And we all became soldiers. LOTS of guys turn to the military as a way out of problems. I had 5 arrests for drug use, possession, drunken driving, and a rotten job cleaning parts in a small foundry. I decided to get away from it all after my best friend (unemployed, also a police record) decided to join. And both of us ended up back in Fresno County Jail within 100 days of enlistment. My buddies multiple warrants did not disappear just because he enlisted, and I got sh** faced drunk on my first pass home, and got a DWI plus pot possession. So we both got Article 15's (I got an AWOL too) but after we did our jail time, we went right back to Fort Ord to finish AIT. Just saying……

  • Reply Veli-Pekka Kultanen July 29, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Fuck you americans. You were good guys against nazis. Since that, you are fuckin bastards.

  • Reply Rickey Poe July 29, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    let's remember both Mr Rogers and and Captain Kangaroo and give thanks to both of them for their service I knew them both a salute to you gentlemen

  • Reply Lee Pantera Ali July 29, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    U forgot the real American bad ass master Chuck Norris air force m p.

  • Reply Random Fan? July 29, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Where’s tommy cooper?

  • Reply Bobby Casey July 29, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Ice T talks about his military rug theft on loudwire. He was stealing it on request of his commanding officer 😂

  • Reply Ob. Let. BwTornado July 29, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    What about Michael Caine who served in Korea with the British forces

  • Reply JR G July 29, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Definitely Bob Ross!!! That was unbelievable

  • Reply Negan July 29, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Harrison Ford killed 8 men in Okinawa

    That was three weeks ago

  • Reply Rdfelic July 29, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Chuck Norris……

  • Reply Gog Mclaine July 29, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Donald Trump….no, wait

  • Reply Logan Ratley July 29, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    All The Guy's Who Acted in M*A*S*H Who Served Should Have At Least Had A Mention.

  • Reply Terry Tewell July 29, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    I was really interested in this until I realized it was WatchMojo…you talk and talk and say nothing.

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