To all our men and women who have served in the military, thank you for your service and sacrifice. In honor of Veterans Day, we wanted to share the history of some actors who served in the military themselves, spanning many branches, conflicts, and roles.
It was actually while he was stationed in South Korea for the U.S. Air Force in 1958 that Chuck Norris first learned martial arts.
Jimmy Stewart enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1941, and after flying 20 combat missions, he became one of the few Americans to rise from private to colonel in the short span of just four years. When he retired in 1968, he held the rank of Brigadier General.
Kirk Douglas served as a gunnery and communications officer in anti-submarine warfare in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
James Earl Jones
After excelling in ROTC, James Earl Jones received his commission as a second lieutenant in 1953 and later his Ranger Tab. His unit established a cold weather training command in the Rocky Mountains, and he was eventually promoted to first lieutenant.
Before we all came to know and love him as Mr. Warmth, Don Rickles served for two years as a seaman first class during World War II.
Could Bea Arthur possibly be any more badass? As soon as she found out that there were openings for women, she enlisted in the Marines in 1943, working as a typist and truck driver.
November 10, 2017