Actors are more than what they show on the scene. Most of them use their fame for good purposes – they engage in voluntary work or establish a foundation to support good causes. However, there are things you may not believe a Broadway actor has ever done. For instance, here are 5 actors that did military service:
Harry Belafonte is a Jamaican-American actor, singer, and activist. He was born in 1927 in NYC. Harry’s debut on Broadway was in 1953. He participated in the musical revue John Murray Anderson’s Almanac. This performance brought him a Tony Award. Apart from his acting and music career, Harry supports many political and humanitarian causes. He was part of the Civil Rights Movement between 1950-1960. In 1983 he became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. It is hard to believe that a man with such a contribution to the humanitarian causes was once a soldier. After graduating from the George Washington High School in the early ’40s, Belafonte joined the U.S Navy to fight in World War 2.
Morgan Freeman is a renowned American actor, director, and narrator. He became famous after starring in the children’s TV show The Electric Company during the ’70s. In 1971 he appeared in “Who Says I Can’t Ride a Rainbow!” which is his first role in a movie. Morgan Freeman is also a Broadway actor. He made his debut on the scene in 1968 when he participated in the musical Hello, Dolly!. In 2005 Freeman became a recipient of the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in the film Million Dollar Baby.
A curious fact about Freeman’s life is that he served in the U.S Air Force. He even rose to Airman 1st Class but never became the heroic pilot he dreamed about.
Thomas Selleck is an American actor and director. He has played in numerous TV series and movies. People have seen him in the famous sitcom Friends in the role of Dr. Richard Burke – Monica’s lover. He also starred in the comedy film Three Men and a Baby. Thomas is also a Broadway star. His debut on the theatrical scene was in the comedic play A Thousand Clowns, 2001.
What you may not know about Selleck is that he is a California Army National Guard veteran. He served during the Vietnam War from 1967 to 1973.
Driver is an American actor most famous for his role of Kylo Ren in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Adam also appeared in the HBO production Girls, which brought him three Emmy nominations. On the Broadway scene, Driver debuted in 2010. He participated in the play Warren’s Profession.
After the September 11 attacks, Adam joined the United States Marine Corps. He served for almost 3 years, but an accident made him quit.
Kirk Douglas was an American actor and director. He was born in 1916 in Amsterdam, New York. His first big role was in the movie Champion, where he played a boxing hero. This role brought him his first Academy Award nomination. In 1963 he starred in the Broadway production One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
In 1941, Kirk joined the U.S Navy. He served as a communications officer during World War 2. In 1944, he was injured due to an explosion, which caused the end of his military service.
Douglas has made an outstanding contribution to the world of cinema. During his lifetime, he has made donations to numerous schools, medical facilities, and non-profit organizations.
These actors that did military service are real heroes both on screen and in real life! Many of them provide support to the veterans just like real men and women of honor!