Italian immigrant and multi-awarded actor Ernest Borgnine joined the United States Navy sometime in 1935, shortly after he graduated high school from James Hill House High School in Connecticut. After he was discharged in 1941, he enlisted again to serve the military, particularly the United States Navy. Following the bombing of the Pearl Harbor, he was promoted as the gunner’s mate 1st class rank and held several other positions.
Sir Sidney Poitier
Sir Sidney Poitier is a Bahamian-American actor who was named as one of the Greatest Male Stars of All Time in 1999. At age 15, he moved to New York City and worked as a dishwasher and waiter. His desire to serve the United States Army during his late adolescence came after reading a newspaper and learning about the need for more military volunteers in the United States.
Born Terence Stephen McQueen, Steve McQueen is an American actor best known for his role in The King of Cool. In 1947, he joined the United States Marine Corps where he was immediately promoted as Private First Class. He was also assigned to serve an armored unit but was demoted because of his rebellious behavior. After 41 days in military prison, he was assigned as the security honor guard of the private yacht of President Harry Truman.
American actor William Clark Gable joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942 as a gunner on an aircrew, following the death of his wife. He underwent several trainings and entered the USAAF OCS Class 42-E months after, where he was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant. In 1943, he also headed a six-man team at RAF Polebrook 351st in the United Kingdom.
The 33rd Governor of California and 40th President of the United States, Ronald Wilson Reagan, enlisted in the Army Reserve following his completion of the fourteen home-study Army Extension Courses in 1937. Before he became an actor and ventured into politics, he joined the Army Air Force and was assigned to AAF Public Relations and the 18th Army Air Force Base Unit.