Limp Bizkit lead singer, Fred Durst, couldn’t find a job after graduating from high school and decided to enlist in the navy, where he spent two years of his life.
After his discharge, he found a job as a tattoo artist, started a band in 1995, and the rest is nu-metal history.
Laurence Tureaud, better known professionally as Mr. T, became a military policeman back in the seventies.
Punishment for a minor misdeed inadvertently got him a promotion to squad leader. He was the “Top Trainee of the Cycle,” in 1975.
Hugh Hefner enlisted in the military in 1944, right after finishing high school. He became an infantry clerk and contributed many of his artworks to US Army newspapers, which helped boost the morale of the soldiers.
His cartoons perhaps laid the foundation for his ideas in creating the Playboy magazines. He got discharged from the army in 1946.
Humphrey Bogart was enlisted in the navy during the First World War. One time, he was struck by a prisoner in the mouth, while he was assigned to the military police.
The injury scarred his mouth, leaving him with a subtle lisp. That and his raspy voice gave him his famous gangster image.
Mel Brooks worked to diffuse many land mines in the Battle of the Bulge as a corporal for the 1104 Engineer Combat Battalion.
He often laughs at the position he was put in, saying, “I was a Combat Engineer. Isn’t that ridiculous? The two things I hate the most in the world are combat and engineering.”