Special Report

Famous Actors Who Served in the US Military

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

Humphrey Bogart
> Enlisted in: 1918 (Navy)
> Military experience: Served as coxswain; ferried troops between Europe and the U.S. after the armistice; tried to re-enlist during WWII but rejected due to age
> Best known for: “Casablanca,” “The African Queen,” “To Have and Have Not”

Source: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

James “Jimmy” Stewart
> Enlisted in: 1941 (Army Air Corps)
> Military experience: Piloted a B-24 Liberator; served with the Strategic Air Command after 1947; retired as brigadier-general, highest rank of any actor in military history
> Best known for: “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Source: Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

Clark Gable
> Enlisted in: 1942 (Army Air Forces)
> Military experience: Flew combat missions as part of motion picture unit out of England with the U.S. 351st Bomb Group
> Best known for: “It Happened One Night,” “Gone with the Wind, and “Anatomy of a Murder”

Source: Courtesy of United Artists

Henry Fonda
> Enlisted in: 1942 (Navy)
> Military experience: Served as quartermaster on a destroyer; joined the Air Combat Intelligence Unit in the Pacific; served three years in Naval Reserve
> Best known for: “12 Angry Men,” “On Golden Pond,” “The Grapes of Wrath,” and “The Wrong Man”

Source: Courtesy of National Broadcasting Company

Bea Arthur
> Enlisted in: 1943 (Marine Corps Women’s Reserve)
> Military experience: Truck driver and dispatcher; honorably discharged in 1945 with the rank of staff sergeant
> Best known for: “All in the Family,” “Maude,” “The Golden Girls”

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