If you are a celebrity, you may think life is rough. You have the paparazzi constantly hounding you (at least if you're on the A or B-List), you have to spend hours on set, often followed by hours of press; every word you utter can be taken out of context with dire consequences for your career. Going on Twitter as a celebrity is much riskier than it is for you or me.
However, these 10 celebs are used to hard work... and dedication. They all served their country in some militaristic capacity, which almost everyone has to agree is harder than having to sign a few autographs every now and then. I'm sure that that military background made it easier for these stars to cope with "regular" celeb life.
So, without further ado, check out these 10 stars who know a thing or two about war, conflict, and serving their country.
Ice-T during his time of service:
It makes a lot more sense that Ice-T is on Law and Order: SVU now that we know he has a legitimate military background. It's actually a pretty great story: He served in the 25th Infantry Division from 1979-1983 after selling drugs in Los Angeles, in an attempt to turn around his life. Obviously, it worked because he said goodbye to a life of crime and hello to a successful acting and musical career. And he has Coco, too.
2. Leonard Nimoy
Leonard Nimoy during his time of service:
First of all, RIP to Leonard Nimoy who passed away this past February. This brave man served 1953-1955, making his Star Trek leadership and the tactical qualities of Spock make even more sense. He spent most of his time in the reserves at Ft. McPherson in Georgia, eventually earning the rank of sergeant.
3. Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks during his time of service:
Brooks, a funny Hollywood legend, served in World War II in the 1104th Engineer Combat Group from 1944-1946. He was truly in the heat of the battle. He had a sense of humor in what was probably a fearful time. This quote proves it:
“War isn’t hell. War is loud. Much too noisy. All those shells and bombs going off all around you. Never mind death. A man could lose his hearing.”
4. Kris Kristofferson
Kris Kristofferson during his time of service:
Kristofferson, of Blade and Planet of the Apes fame (among much more), served in the Cold War from 1961-1965. He flew helicopters for the army in West Germany and eventually was promoted to the rank of captain.
5. Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman during his time of service:
Freeman served in the Air Force from 1955-1959. Freeman was an Automatic Tracking Radar Repairman before earning the rank of Airman First Class. I'm sure his days in combat helped him develop that soothing voice over the years... just a thought.
6. Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood during his time of service:
Clint Eastwood is obviously a badass, and the fact that he was involved with the military isn't shocking in the slightest. He served from 1951-1953 as a swimming instructor for the Army in Ft. Ord, California.
7. Chuck Norris
Chuck Norris during his time of service:
Duh. Like, seriously. Of COURSE Chuck Norris was in the Air Force. He served from 1958-1962 as an air policeman in South Korea, where he discovered his lifelong passion for martial arts. The rest, as they say, is history.
8. Montel Williams
Montel Williams during his time of service:
Montel Williams was a full-fledged Marine badass. This trailblazer was the first black enlisted Marine to complete and graduate from both the Academy Prep School and the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. Williams earned the rank of lieutenant, amongst many other accomplishments and awards. What a legend.
9. Rob Riggle
Rob Riggle during his time of service:
This is awesome. Riggle served in Kosovo, Liberia, and Afghanistan. He was in active service from 1990-2013 as a lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps, and as a public affairs officer with the NYC unit. Amazingly, he was still serving when he was cast on Saturday Night Live in 2004.
10. Drew Carey
Drew Carey during his time of service:
Carey remained in the military reserves for six years between 1980-1986, performing stand up and working as a waiter in his spare time. The grind paid off, and he made it in Hollywood shortly thereafter.
Shouts out to all the patriots out there!