When an actor or actress is up on the big screen, it’s easy to forget they’re providing the world a service in their own ways. For a few of your dollars and a bit of time, they give you laughs, scares, or life-changing drama to chew on. But did you know that some of Hollywood’s biggest names served fans in another way before they ever made it big?
Yup, that’s right: dozens of singers, songwriters, actors, and comedians donned a uniform and stripes and served their country in some way. Who were these fearless individuals? Here are 40 of the ones you probably don’t know about!
Sammy Davis, Jr.
American entertainer, dancer, and impersonator Sammy Davis, Jr. have always been a large civil rights financial supporter. During the 11940s he decided to serve the United States Army and was assigned to a Special Services Unit in integrated entertainment. Following his discharge from the military, he regained his fame by producing albums and acting.