Famous People Join the Military Too, Do You Know Who?


By: J.P. Naomi

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From actors to authors to comedians and more, many famous Americans have served in the United States military. Take this quiz now to see if you know who!

Often referred to as "The King of Rock and Roll," this singer and actor joined the US Army in 1958...

Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, Elvis Presley got all shook up as one of the most famous music icons of the 20th century. He died in 1977 at the age of 42.


US Army newspaper writer and World War II veteran, this man is the founder and chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises...

Hugh Marston Hefner is a native of Chicago, Illinois. He is a former journalist for both Esquire and the US military.


Love is a "Ring of Fire" with this singer-songwriter who enlisted in the US Air Force and died in 2003.

John R. Cash was born in Kingsland, Arkansas in 1932. His music was highly featured in the film, "Walk the Line."


"Cool Hand Luke" star _______ served in the US Navy during World War II. He received an Oscar for his role in "The Color of Money."

Paul Leonard Newman was born in 1925 in Shaker Heights, Ohio. He is also known for "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "The Sting" and "Cars."


US Navy Veteran _________ hosted "The Tonight Show" for more than 30 years.

Johnny Carson was born in Corning, Iowa. He died in 2005 at the age of 80.


Star of "Casablanca" and "The Maltese Falcon," _________ served in the US Navy.

Humphrey DeForest Bogart was born on Christmas Day 1899 in New York City. He died of esophageal cancer in 1957.


Father of Michael, this actor served in the Navy during World War II and became a star after his performance as a boxing hero in "Champion" in 1949...

Kirk Douglas was born Issur Danielovitch on December 9, 1916 in New York. He is also known as Izzy Demsky.


_________ hosted "The Price is Right" from 1972 - 2007 and also served in the US Navy during World War II.

Robert William Barker was born in Darrington, Washington. He is best known for "The Price is Right," helping to make it the longest-running daytime game show.


This American author known for "To Have and Have Not" and "A Farewell to Arms" served the US in World War I...

Ernest Hemingway was born in 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois. He died at the age of 62 in 1961.


He first served in the US Air Force, then starred in films such as "Bucket List," "Driving Miss Daisy," and "The Shawshank Redemption"...

Morgan Freeman was born in Memphis, Tennessee. In 2005, he won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for "Million Dollar Baby."


This actor who served in the US Army played cross-dressing Corporal Maxwell Q. Klinger in the television show, "M*A*S*H."

Born in Toledo, Ohio, Jamie Farr performed on television, film and in theater. He was born in 1934.


Before hosting "Wheel of Fortune," this television personality served in the US Army during the Vietnam War.

Pat Sajak was born in Chicago, Illinois. Though not as well-remembered for it, Sajak also hosted "The Price is Right."


"Million Dollar Baby" director __________ was drafted by the US Army during the Korean War.

Clint Eastwood is not only a director ​but a film score composer and politician. He is also known for "Gran Torino," "Unforgiven," and "Rawhide."


An American martial artist, actor and film producer known for "The Way of the Dragon" and "Missing in Action," _________ served in the US Airforce.

Chuck Norris was born in Ryan, Oklahoma. After serving in the military, he rose to fame as a martial artist and opened his own martial arts school called Chun Kuk Do.


_______ may be remembered as Thomas Magnum in "Magnum, P.I.," but he also served in the California National Guard.

He was born Thomas William Selleck in Detroit, Michigan. Also known for his role in "3 Men and a Baby" and "Blue Bloods."


"I Heard It Through the Grapevine" that this motown singer/songwriter enlisted in the US Air Force.

Marvin Gaye was discharged from the US Air Force after faking a mental illness. He died in 1984 at the age of 45.


After being caught stealing cars, he was given the choice of Army or prison. He was a record producer and guitarist who died at age 28 in 1970...

Jimi Hendrix was born in Seattle, Washington. His full name was James Marshall Hendrix.


This film director made the film, "Platoon," based on his experiences serving in the Vietnam War.

Born in New York City, Oliver Stone is also known for films, "JFK," "Natural Born Killers" and "Any Given Sunday."


________ starred in "Planet of the Apes" and "Ben-Hur" and served the US in the Air Force during World War II.

Charlton Heston was born in Evanston, Illinois and died at the age of 85 in 2008. He is also known for "Touch of Evil" and "Sworn to Secrecy: Secrets of War."


American novelist ________, known for "Cat's Cradle," "Slaughterhouse-Five" and "Breakfast of Champions," was a POW in World War II.

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was born in Indianapolis in 1922. He died in 2007 at the age of 85.


This funny man, known for directing films such as "Spaceballs" and "Blazing Saddles," served in the US Army during World War II.

Mel Brooks was born in New York City as Melvin Kaminsky on June 28, 1926. He is known for creating comic parodies.


I "pity the fool" who doesn't know that this actor served in the US Army!

Mr. T, known for his role in "The A-Team," was born in Chicago, Illinois. He is known for his trademark African Mandinka warrior hairstyle and gold jewelry.


Known as "The King of Cool", and an Oscar winner for his role in "The Sand Pebbles," this American actor served in the US Marine Corps...

Steve McQueen was born Terence Steven McQueen in 1930 in Beech Grove, Indiana. He died at the age of 50 in 1980.


Star of "Casino" and frequent guest on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson," _________ served in the Navy during World War II.

Donald Jay Rickles is a stand-up comedian and actor. He was born in New York City and is rated one of the funniest stand-up comedians of all time.


_______ starred in "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Rear Window" and also served in the US Army.

James Maitland Stewart was actually rejected from the US Army because he failed the weight requirement. He worked out and bulked up and later enlisted as a private.


Known as Salvatore Bonpensiero on "The Sopranos," _______ served in the US Navy.

Vincent Pastore was born in New York City. He was a sailor and a radio personality prior to his career in "The Sopranos," "Goodfellas" and "Carlito's Way," to name a few.


You may recognize him as King Jaffe Joffer, or his Darth Vader voice - this actor served in the Korean War...

James Earl Jones was born in Arkabutla, Mississippi on January 17, 1931. His career has spanned more than 60 years in acting and voice acting.


__________ was a famous professional wrestler of the 80s and later the 38th Governor of Minnesota from 1999-2003...

Jesse Ventura was born in Minneapolis. His real name is James George Janos.


This US Air Force veteran performed stand-up routines during his time in service. He is known for his starring roles in "Necessary Roughness" and "Houseguest."

Sinbad was born David Adkins in Benton Harbor, Michigan. He is also known for "Jingle All the Way" and "First Kid."


"U Can't Touch This!" singer, born Stanley Kirk Burrell, is known as __________ and is a veteran of the US Navy.

MC Hammer was born on March 30, 1962. He is "2 Legit 2 Quit" and is still active in the entertainment world.


Actor Robert ________, known for "Apocalypse Now," served in the US Army during the Korean War.

Robert Selden Duvall has been nominated for seven Academy Awards and six Golden Globes in his career. In 2005, he received the National Medal of Arts.


Star of "French Conection," this famous actor served in the US Marine Corps.

Gene Hackman was born in 1930 in San Bernardino, California. In 1967, he was nominated for his first Academy Award for his role as Buck Barrow in "Bonnie and Clyde."


________ and Warren G had to "Regulate" when this rapper served in the US Marine Corps.

Nate Dogg was born Nathaniel Dwayne Hale. He died in 2011 at the age of 42.


Host of a self-titled daytime television talk show, this TV and radio personality served in the US Marine Corps...

Montel Brian Anthony Williams was born on July 3, 1956. He is best known for his long-running talk show, "The Montel Williams Show."


"It Wasn't Me" said "Mr. Boombastic" who served in the US Marine Corps during the Gulf War...

Shaggy was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1968. His real name is Orville Richard Burrell.


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