It’s not uncommon that a celebrity have a past that includes military service. In fact, in many world cultures, being a high ranking military official leads to celebrity. Still, there are several individuals who came from a military background to later enjoy a career in arts and entertainment, and there are others who gave up fame and fortune for military service. Here are 12 celebrities, who by way of draft or volunteer service, were once active duty military professionals.
12. Drew Carey
Long before Drew Carey was being paid for comedy, he was active duty military in the United States Marine Corps. No doubt, Drew was entertaining to his fellow troops during his six years in service, where he also achieved the rank of Corporal. After his time served, Drew moved to Las Vegas, where he worked a couple odd jobs, before booking a writing job: jokes for a radio show in Cleveland, OH. After writing jokes for someone else, Drew decided to get on his feet, and tell them himself as a stand-up comedian, before he began pursuing work as an actor. Now, he’s the host of The Price Is Right, and a huge supporter of active duty military professionals and veterans.Photo by Picture Perfect/REX