A jealous thug who severely beat Franchot Tone.
|Get Off My Lawn|
Had a shitty childhood, stepdad beating the shit out of him. A juvenile gangster. Sent to a boys home. Finally joined the Marines, had a rocky start, but ended up straightening out his life. Was an honest to goodness auto and motorcycle racer. Learned martial arts from Pat Johnson (played a bit part in Enter the Dragon), and of course his friend Bruce Lee. The guy was no fluff muffin.
"I’m not going to read Time Magazine, I’m not going to read Newsweek, I’m not going to read any of these magazines; I mean, because they have too much to lose by printing the truth"- Bob Dylan, 1965
I want to say that I really like this list. Otherwise, it's a shame that you can point out as good a list of current actors/actresses that have similar backgrounds.
http://shotworkspro.com - Much better than scrap paper!
|The Unmanned Writer|
Prior to World War II, and before his film career, Albert had toured Mexico as a clown and high-wire artist with the Escalante Brothers Circus, but secretly worked for U.S. Army intelligence, photographing German U-boats in Mexican harbors. On September 9, 1942, Albert enlisted in the United States Coast Guard and was discharged in 1943 to accept an appointment as a lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat "V" for his actions during the invasion of Tarawa in November 1943, when, as the pilot of a Coast Guard landing craft, he rescued 47 Marines who were stranded offshore (and supervised the rescue of 30 others), while under heavy enemy machine-gun fire.
Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul.
Help, I'm having premonitions of future flashbacks.
Only in an insane world are the sane considered insane.
Some people listen to the noise of the world,
And some people listen to the quiet.
|Legalize the Constitution|
Obviously, you can’t; however, Rob Riggle served 23 years in the Marine Corps and retired as LTC. He had deployments to Liberia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan. As a member of the Daily Show he joked “that he could kill any other member of the show.” That’s probably a LTG.
When you’re happy, you enjoy the music.
When you’re sad, you understand the lyrics.
- George Jones
Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot little puppies.
Only at the very very end.
Sliced bread, the greatest thing since the 1911.
|High Speed Low Drag |
Operator in the Innis Mode
I think the "check engine" light is burned out
Peter Ortiz. Not a movie star, but appeared in some John Ford and John Wayne movies based on his friendship with Ford from their OSS days in WWII.
Anything in a John Wayne or Schwarzenegger movie pales in comparison with Ortiz' real life exploits, from the French Foreign Legion as a teenager to German POW camps to working with the French underground as a U.S. Marine.
His biography is worth the time to read.
|Cogito Ergo Sum|
Jimmy Stewart. He didn't really play badasses but he chose to fly B17s into Germany for bombing missions when he could easily have gotten out of serving with his celebrity. That is a badass!
I just read his bio in wikipedia. This guy actually served time in San Quentin for armed robbery. He also got a DD from the army but still managed to collect GI Bill benefits?
Lee Marvin immediately came to mind. If I recall, he was in the USMC and fought in the Pacific in WWII.
NRA Endowment Life Member; ISRA Member
“It is amazing how many people think that they can answer an argument by attributing bad motives to those who disagree with them. Using this kind of reasoning, you can believe or not believe anything about anything, without having to bother to deal with facts or logic.” ― Thomas Sowell
Sterling Hayden - also a WWII Marine/OSS agent who went in harm's way.
Some accounts list Charles Durning as one of three survivors of the Malmedy massacre during the Battle of the Bulge. He helped identify the bodies afterwards.
|Slayer of Agapanthus|
Lee Van Cleef was in WWII, in the Navy. I don't think that he was a tough guy in the 'get drunk and fight' pattern but he would sometimes be challenged to prove that he was as hard as in the movies.
Donald Pleasance, of the Great Escape, and the Halloween movies was in the RAF and an actual POW in a german Stalag. He seems like the kind of bloke that you would rather have on your side if you just could not escape from a bar fight.
"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye". The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, pilot and author, lost on mission, July 1944, Med Theatre.
Crashed in a Douglas AD Bomber in 1951 off the coast of California then swam 3 miles to shore.
IIRC, He saved a few Marines from drowning in an Amtrac that sunk.
Eddie Albert (Yep, Mr Green Acres himself) is another one that comes to mind.
Was a spy working for OSS prior to WWII spying on Nazi subs, joined the Coast Guard or Navy Reserves, and was responsible for saving the lives of 40+ Marines at the Battle of Tarawa.
"When its time to shoot, shoot. Dont talk!"
“What the government is good at is collecting taxes, taking away your freedoms and killing people. It’s not good at much else.” —Author Tom Clancy
|Who Woulda |
Lee Marvin, my favorite actor.
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