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How the hell has the ultimate ‘tough guy’ not made this list.

Chuck Norris. Honorably serviced in the Air Force and has won a metric shit-ton of martial arts competitions.


Yeah but his movies suck.
 
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I've often wondered what some of those who later acted in War movies thought about while making the movie after their real experiences in War.


Donald Pleasence tried to tell the director/producer (?) of "The Great Escape" what was what in a real Luftstalag, and they didn't want to hear about it.


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Surprised no one mentioned Harvey Keitel. USMC before acting career. Authentic tough guy


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Actor Glenn Ford started his military service in the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Then he volunteered to serve in the Marine Corps Reserve at the outset of World War II.
He eventually retired as a Captain in the Naval Reserve.


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Robert Ryan was a boxing-champ at Dartmouth College for four years, worked as a ship's stoker, the WPA, and as a ranch hand. He later served [Jan. 1944] in the USMC, as a Drill Instructor at Camp Pendelton.


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Burt Lancaster joined the Army in 1942, and served with General Mark Clark's 5th Army, during the Italian Campaign from 1943-45.


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Hardy Krüger of "Flight of the Phoenix", "A Bridge Too Far", "The Wild Geese" etc. fame had an interesting story if you believe his account. From a hard Nazi family, sent to one of the NS elite schools in Sonthofen at age 13 where he didn't like the military drill (except for glider flying), but blamed himself for it; discovered for film in 1943 at age 15 for his Aryan posterboy looks and talent, and clandestinely re-educated by fellow actor Hans Söhnker while shooting the propaganda movie "Young Eagles", who used him as an unwitting courier in a little private project to smuggle Jews to Switzerland; drafted into SS division "Nibelungen" in March 1945 at 16, but when he encountered some black GIs in Tyrol refused to fire because they reminded him of Jesse Owens whom he had cheered in the 1936 Olympics.

Court martialed to death for cowardice, but the officer in charge thought he was too young to be executed and used him for suicidal messenger missions instead. Deserted on his second mission, hid in the woods until war's end and was taken prisoner by the Americans, whom he told in his best wide-eyed innocent boy impression "I thought you had come to liberate us, not imprison us". Some captain hinted to him the camp gate would open for lunch delivery at noon, leaving it to the guards whether they would fire. Tried to hike home to Berlin, this time taken prisoner by the Soviets. Somebody killed the lone guard taking his group to the next town, and they scattered.

His father wasn't so lucky and died in some Soviet camp. The Soviets also kept demanding the son be delivered to them from British-run youth radio in Hamburg where a German Jew with British citizenship had hired him despite initially telling him "what are you thinking, are you crazy?" upon reading that he had been in Sonthofen. That eventually stopped after the broadcaster suggested he change his name from Eberhard to Hardy. French director Yves Allégret still told him to fuck off with words to the effect of "we've had hundreds of thousands of Germans here, in grey uniforms, we don't need any more" when he tried to get a role in the nouvelle vague in 1954 because he found German film becoming too shallow.

The British initially didn't want him either but were less rude per his words, until they let him play in "The One Who Got Away" in 1956. Which caused quite an uproar in the British press for the sympathetic portrayal of a Luftwaffe officer apparently, but launched his international career, with even the French coming knocking. It seems he tired of mostly playing German soldiers eventually, which you can't blame him for; he moved to writing and TV documentaries since the 70s. Hasn't been in a cinematic movie since 1984, and 2011 was the first and last time he played in front of a TV camera since the 90s, though he hasn't ruled out to take another role if he likes it.
 
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William Hopper "Detective Paul Drake on Perry Mason".



He enlisted in the Navy in 1942, served as a UDT frogman, and received a Bronze Star for bravery and heroic action during operations in the Pacific. He was discharged when the war ended in 1945.




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Not so much old school, not so much an actor but yeah, Randall "Tex" Cobb --



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Christopher Lee

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Speaking of R Lee Ermey, I ran across this vid tonight. I had not seen this one before.

 
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William Smith al-la Red Dawn. Supposedly can really speak Russian. Interesting and varied background and definately not a wuss.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Smith_(actor)
 
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Don Adams
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Fought in the invasion of Guadalcanal and was the only survivor of his platoon. Contracted Blackwater fever and nearly died, spent a year in hospital recovering.

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My first year at SHOT Media Day, range and buddy and I went to the Glock range to talk to R. Lee Ermey. He spotted us and yelled, Gentlemen, fuck the world!" We had a great talk and that was always our first stop the following year. The man was an old-fashioned gentleman and a real life badass.

Robert Conrad is one of my favorites. I made it a point to watch any interview he did. You really got the feeling he was a man who could handle himself.
 
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