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Actors who Served: Donald Pleasance

Actors who Served: Donald Pleasance

Donald Pleasance might be known for playing bad guys such as Dr. Blofeld in You Only Live Twice, but in real life he served honorably in World War II. Pleasance had intended to be an actor from a young age
Actors Who Served: Tony Curtis

Actors Who Served: Tony Curtis

A 17-year-old Tony Curtis was inspired to join the Navy after seeing it glamorized on the silver screen. “As a youth, I remember seeing Cary Grant in ‘Destination Tokyo’ and Tyrone Powers in ‘Crash Drive.’ I knew right then and
Actors who Served – Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

Actors who Served – Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

The characters played by Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. are frequently described as “dashing” or “swashbuckling.” What most people don’t realize is that he was equally so in real life. In the late 1930s, Fairbanks had been active in the William Allen
Actors Who Served: Sir Alec Guinness

Actors Who Served: Sir Alec Guinness

Before the Force was with Alec Guinness (as Obi-Wan Kenobi), he was with his country’s armed forces. Born in England in April 1914, Guinness was eager to fight the Axis powers in World War II and served in the Royal
Actors Who Served: Christopher Lee

Actors Who Served: Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee is known for playing villains in movies like “The Lord of the Rings,” “Revenge of the Sith” and “The Wicker Man.” Before he was the villain, he was a real-life hero with the Royal Air Force during World
Actors Who Served: Jimmy Stewart

Actors Who Served: Jimmy Stewart

Jimmy Stewart is perhaps the best known of the celebrities who served, partially because he chose to serve while already a successful movie star. However, having come from a military family (both of his grandfathers had fought in the Civil
Actors Who Served: David Niven

Actors Who Served: David Niven

Pop culture watchers may recall David Niven as an Oscar-winning actor famous for such movies as “Around the World in 80 Days” and “The Pink Panther.” History should also remember him for his service with the military in his native
Actors Who Served: Humphrey Bogart

Actors Who Served: Humphrey Bogart

In 1918, a young Humphrey Bogart found himself with nothing to do. He had left the prestigious preparatory school Phillips Academy, although stories differ as to why. Some say that he was expelled, either for throwing a staff member into

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