27 photos of America's biggest celebrities when they were in the military

For some of the biggest names in movies, television, and politics, their first big audition was for the United States military.

We collected the best photos we could find of celebrities in uniform that most are used to seeing on a red carpet or elsewhere. Here they are, along with their service branch and dates of service.

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1. Drew Carey, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, 1981-1987


2. Elvis Presley, U.S. Army, 1958-1960


3. Al Gore, U.S. Army, 1969-1971


4. Bea Arthur, U.S. Marine Corps Womens Reserve, 1943-1945


5. Bill Cosby, U.S. Navy, 1956-1960


6. Bob Ross, U.S. Air Force, 1961-1981


7. Chuck Norris, U.S. Air Force, 1958-1962


8. Dan Rather, U.S. Marine Corps, 1954 (was medically discharged shortly after his enlistment)


9. Ed McMahon, U.S. Marine Corps, 1941-1966


10. George Carlin, U.S. Air Force, 1954-1957


11. Hugh Hefner, U.S. Army, 1944-1946


12. Jackie Robinson, U.S. Army, 1942-1944


13. Jimi Hendrix, U.S. Army, 1961-1962


14. Jimmy Stewart, U.S. Army Air Force, 1941-1968


15. John Coltrane, U.S. Navy, 1945-1946


16. Johnny Cash, U.S. Air Force, 1950-1954


17. Kris Kristofferson, U.S. Army, 1960-1965


18. Kurt Vonnegut, U.S. Army, 1943-1945


19. Leonard Nimoy, U.S. Army Reserve, 1953-1955


20. Maynard James Keenan, U.S. Army, 1982-1984


21. Mel Brooks, U.S. Army, 1944-1946


22. Montel Williams, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy, 1974-1980



23. Morgan Freeman, U.S. Air Force, 1955-1959


24. Paul Newman, U.S. Navy, 1943-1946


25. Rob Riggle, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, 1990-2013


26. “Shaggy” (Orville Burrell), U.S. Marine Corps, 1988-1992


27. Tom Selleck, U.S. Army National Guard, 1967-1973


28. Adam Driver, U.S. Marine Corps, 2001-2003

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