All of Gene Wilder’s achievements started when he was drafted to serve in the US Army as a paramedic in a psychiatric hospital during the late 50s.
He decided to lighten his spirits by taking acting classes. One of his major breaks in acting came as he later partnered with Mel Brooks in “Blazing Saddles.”
Robin Quivers from "The Howard Stern Show" used to be a USAF captain. She remained a member of the US Air Force reserve until 1990.
After taking her first job in radio as a newscaster in Pennsylvania, she decided to return to Baltimore, just in time to join "The Howard Stern Show."
Sidney Poitier lied about his age so he could get into the service. He eventually became a medical attendant in a mental hospital. Once in, his next challenge was to find a way to get out.
He faked insanity, but the threat of shock treatment was too much. After weeks of consulting with a psychiatrist, he was eventually discharged.
When WWII broke out, Laurence Olivier became a fighter pilot, opting to join the Royal air force, albeit restricted with other obligations.
As a pilot in the Fleet Air Arm, he served for two years but, much to his dismay, he never got to experience going into battle before the war ended.
Kurt Vonnegut served in the army during WWII as an infantry battalion scout. He was reportedly taken in as a prisoner of war and was lucky to survive the firebombing of Dresden, Germany in a blanket mission by the Allied Forces.
If you haven’t yet ventured into the bizarre universe that is "Slaughterhouse 5," we definitely recommend it.