4 Army Veterans Who Leveraged Their Service to Break into Hollywood

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Many Army veterans consider going into the world of entertainment when they exit the military, but often aren't sure whether this dream is a reality or how to pursue it. The following Army veterans succeeded in accomplishing this dream, and are still making it in Hollywood today.

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood: Eastwood served in the Army during the Korean War. He was drafted and went on to served two years, and went on to use his GI Bill to study drama at L.A. city College, and has gone on to play in such unforgettable movies as "The Unforgiven," The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly," and acted in and directed "Million Dollar Baby," "Flags of Our Fathers," and "Letters from Iwo Jima," among others. Eastwood is still hard at work, and most recently directed "American Sniper" and "Sully."

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Ice T

Ice T (Tracy Marrow): Marrow served four years in Army infantry after having a daughter and realizing that he needed to turn his life around. Marrow purchased his turntables, a mixer, and speakers while he was serving in Hawaii, and focused on building financial stability and honing his skills that would one day turn him into a prominent actor and musician. In addition to his music, Marrow has acted in such shows as Law & Order and movies as "Tank Girl" and "Johnny Mnemonic," and most recently has starred in the films "Bloodrunners" and "King Dog."

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Mr. T

Mr. T (Laurence Tureaud): Tureaud served four years in the Army Military Police Corps. While he may not have pursued an acting career while still in the Army, it certainly helped when he was cast as Sgt. B.A. Baracus, Army Special Forces vet, in "The A-Team." He got his big break in acting with "Rocky III," when Sylvester Stallone cast him in the part after seeing Tureaud on a televised bouncer competition. Most recently Tureaud was a voice actor in "Cloud with a Chance of Meatballs," and acted as himself in a TV movie titled "WreslteMania XXX."

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James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones: Jones served as an Army officer, though considered going back if his acting career did not take off. He was commissioned in 1953, but instead of going off to fight in Korea, was tasked with constructing a cold-weather training command in Colorado. He went on to act in such roles as the voice for Darth Vader in the original "Star Wars" films, Mufassa in "The Lion King," and many non-voiceover roles. Most recently, Jones continues is role as Vader in the tv series "Star Wars Rebels" and is in an upcoming movie titled "Waring Shot."

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