All Hollywood stars end up taking a different route to "make it." Some train as actors or entertainers from a young age, and some take less conventional routes to get there. It might be surprising to some that a good number of Hollywood icons actually served in their country's respective armed forces before shining on the big screen.
Here are 10 actors who served their country before making their way to Hollywood.
1. Don Rickles
The late great insult comic Don Rickles joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 18, right out of high school. He served on the USS Cyrene during World War 2, as a seaman first class. Rickles was honorably discharged in 1946 before going on to become a Hollywood icon.
Before coming out with smash hits such as: "Angel," "Boombastic," and "It Wasn't Me," Shaggy was actually a member of the Marine Corps. He was part of the 10th Marine Regiment during the Gulf War in the early 90s.
3. Bob Barker
Though he is now retired from showbiz, he was the iconic host of the game show The Price Is Right for decades. He was in the air force, but by the time he was fully trained and ready for combat, World War 2 had actually ended. Still, he was ready and willing to serve his country.
4. Morgan Freeman
Before becoming the most recognizable voice in Hollywood in movies like The Shawshank Redemption, and Seven, Freeman's love of planes and flying led him to join the Air Force in 1955. Unfortunately he only ended up becoming a radar technician, but he did serve nearly four years in uniform.
5. Alan Alda
Alda joined the Army Reserve right out of high school, and ended up fighting in the Korean War. His time in the military, and on the field of battle would later inspire much of his performance on the hit show MASH.