Special Report

Famous Actors Who Served in the US Military

Source: Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

Gene Hackman
> Enlisted in: 1946 (Marine Corps)
> Military experience: Lied about his age to enlist; worked as a field radio operator in China, Japan, and Hawaii
> Best known for: “The French Connection,” The Conversation,” “Unforgiven”

Source: Courtesy of United Artists

Steve McQueen
> Enlisted in: 1947
> Military experience: Assigned to an armored unit; demoted from PFC to private seven times; went absent without leave, resisted arrest, and served 41 days in the brig
> Best known for: “The Great Escape,” “Bullitt,” “The Getaway,” and “Papillon”

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

Clint Eastwood
> Drafted in: 1951 (Army)
> Military experience: Was a lifeguard and a swimming instructor at Ft. Ord, California, during the Korean War
> Best known for: “Unforgiven,” “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,” “Million Dollar Baby”

Source: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

James Earl Jones
> Drafted in: 1953 (Army)
> Military experience: Attended Ranger School; helped establish a cold-weather training facility in Colorado
> Best known for: “The Lion King,” Darth Vader in the first Star Wars movies, “Coming to America”

Source: Courtesy of United Artists

Robert Duvall
> Drafted in: 1953 (Army)
> Military experience: Served after the end of the Korean War, attaining the rank of Private First Class
> Best known for: “Apocalypse Now,” “The Apostle,” “Open Range,” “Tender Mercies”

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