Iconic Celebrities Who Served The Country & Were In The Military Before Hollywood
Kirk Douglas – United States Navy
One of the last surviving actors from Hollywood’s Golden Age, Kirk Douglas, enlisted in the United States Navy in 1941. He served as a communications officer and remained there until 1944. He grew up in an immigrant family with six sisters and used to do all sorts of jobs to help his family before he became an actor. He made his debut in 1946’s The Strange Love of Martha Ivers and went on to become a box-office star. Douglas suffered a stroke in 1999 which impaired his ability to speak. He made a rare appearance at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards, on a wheelchair, accompanied by his daughter-in-law, Catherine Zeta-Jones.