7 Famous Faces Who Served in the Military


Before they were famous, some of your favorite stars served in the armed forces.

Veterans Day is Nov. 11. To celebrate, we’ve put together together this list, looking at the fascinating stories of celebrities who served in the military.

Morgan Freeman

Freeman enlisted in the Air Force after turning down a scholarship to attend Jackson State University. He served as a radar technician for almost four years and left the Air Force in 1959.

Adam Driver

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The Star Wars actor enlisted in the Armed Forces after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Bea Arthur

Aside from playing Dorothy Zbornak in "The Golden Girls," Arthur served in the Marine Corps as a typist and truck driver. She enlisted only days after the USMC opened up their ranks to women in 1943.

Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash joined the Air Force during the beginning of the Korean War and served for four years, much of his time overseas in Germany.

Montel Williams

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Before becoming a famed talk show host, Montel Williams served in the Marine Corps and Navy.

Hugh Hefner

Hugh Hefner enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1944 and drew comics for a military newspaper.

John Coltrane

John Coltrane enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1945 and played in a Navy band, the Melody Masters. He was discharged after a year as the military downsized after the war and bands were considered nonessential.

By Kaylah Jackson, ConnectingVets.com

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