Veterans in Entertainment That You May Not Know
For those who have served, a lot of them don’t get to do something like acting until much later in your life. I admit I am one such person. I am obviously a writer, with two books published, but I am also someone pursuing an acting career. However, the reason you don’t know me as an actor who has served is more of the obscurity of who I am. This article is about famous people that you did not.
Going to start with dispelling that Mr. Rogers did not serve in the military. He instead was a man who served the nation by inspiring and comforting generations of kids. Teaching people not to hate, to love one another and not to hate themselves. Something I think we need again in modern times. Although he never wore the uniform, he did something greater during his time wearing that sweater jacket.
The first person you probably don’t know is Drew Carey. You look at him in his early days and he even played up his out of shape nature and lack of desire to be anything else. When you pause for a second your realize he commonly carried the crew cut of his time in the service and the birth control glasses commonly issued.
Another Saint of Wholesome (the other two being Mr. Rogers and Steve Irwin) is Bob Ross. Who taught us more about loving yourself and self-care. Another trait that we need to be brought back into our society. He served the Air Force, starting his career as a Medical Record Technician, before making it to First Sergeant. In his own words forcing him to be someone who needed to be tough or mean. Someone who ensured that scrubbed the latrine and discipline someone who fell out of line.
It was his time in Alaska, yelling at people, that helped shape the man who cared for the nation. Before he got out he decided to never yell again. It also helped him develop his artistic skills. Quickly painting the Alaska environment and even selling his piece at the time. Though admittedly he fought with the people teaching him as they wanted to paint abstract, he wanted scenery.
After he took off the uniform he started his show. During that, he spoke to his fans in a calm and peaceful voice. All while preaching about “There are no mistakes, just happy little accidents.” The one that sticks with me was something along with this.
“Gotta have opposites, light and dark and dark and light, in painting. It’s like in life. Gotta have a little sadness once in a while so you know when the good times come. I’m waiting for the good times now.”
This line wasn’t a throwaway line. His wife had recently passed away. He didn’t show it to the people who watched. The sadness that was clearly in his life. Instead, he reminded people that although there are times it is bleak, happiness will come back if you look for it.
This one you more likely know, as he is in current media. Adam Driver, Ben Solo or Kylo Ren in the current Star Wars films. He served in the Marines, which afterward he found himself pursuing an acting career. Another person who beat the odds and was able to find a way to express himself after a job that tends to quash that kind of behavior.
Stan Lee, the creator of most Marvel Comics. The person who taught us to image, and much more just from the lives that his heroes had to go through. He served in WW2 as someone did news articles and press releases. Fitting for the man who exploded our understanding of comics. Notedly, not even a World War was able to dampen this man’s spirit.
The last one I want to mention is Sir Christopher Lee. He did not serve in the American military and his role was better served not wearing a uniform. His time was described as “League of Gentlemen, doing unGentlemanly things.” Reportedly working with Winston Churchhill himself.
One of the more interesting stories about his life experiences affecting his performance is during the filming of Lord of the Rings. His character Sauron was going to be stabbed and the director felt he needed to explain how a person being stabbed sounded. Sir Christopher Lee politely explain that he knew how a man being stabbed in the back reacted and sounded.
At the end of this article, I want to talk about something I have a deep passion for and do not tie directly into the overall article. 22 Veterans a day die. Not by accidents or anything akin to that. 22 of them die from the mental trauma and the way the military dumps them off after their time in service.
As a Nation and as a people we can do better. If you know a veteran struggling, or you suspect, help them. Although there more than just veterans who end their life, they have a very high per capita who do. You don’t need training, you just need to be willing to listen and if needed direct them to professionals.
Below is the National suicide hotline number. If you save one person gets saved because I wrote this small part then it was more than worth the time I took to add something I care so deeply about. The time I took away from you enjoying your day, for which I am sorry to do. Thank you, my friend.
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