Movie Stars, Politicians and Celebs

Discussion in 'General' started by morse1001, Mar 24, 2006.

  1. Jonathan Ball

    Jonathan Ball It's a way of life.

    The Former Foreign Secretary, Peter Carington, later Lord Carrington.

    From Wikipedia..

    Following Sandhurst, he was commissioned into the Grenadier Guards as a second lieutenant on 26 January 1939. He served with the regiment during the Second World War, he was promoted lieutenant on 1 January 1941, and later rose to the rank of temporary Captain and acting Major, and was awarded the Military Cross on 1 March 1945. The MC was awarded for his part in the capture and holding of a vital bridge in Nijmegen. After the war Lord Carrington remained in the army until 1949, though he was on the unemployed list from October 1945.
     
  2. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    Stretching the theme somewhat, Coogan's boss on Chindit 2 was Colonel Philip Cochran, he had joint-command of 1st Air Commando in 1944.

    His WW2 exploits were the inspiration for the cartoon character 'Flip Corkin' from the comic 'Terry and the Pirates'.

    See links below:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_and_the_Pirates_(comic_strip)

    Philip Cochran - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    So two media stars in one USAAF unit.:)


    Hello Bamboo
    One of Coogan's co-stars in 'Our Gang' was killed in an AT-6 during training.
    "Wheezer" Hutchins Sad. I think 'Our Gang' was funniest stuff ever put on film.

    Jackie and Wheezer in 'Bear Hunters'

    ‪Our Gang - The Bear Hunters Pt.1‬‏ - YouTube

    Bobby Hutchins - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Dave
     
  3. Jonathan Ball

    Jonathan Ball It's a way of life.

  4. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Hello Bamboo
    One of Coogan's co-stars in 'Our Gang' was killed in an AT-6 during training.
    "Wheezer" Hutchins Sad. I think 'Our Gang' was funniest stuff ever put on film.

    Jackie and Wheezer in 'Bear Hunters'

    ‪Our Gang - The Bear Hunters Pt.1‬‏ - YouTube

    Bobby Hutchins - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Dave

    Hi Dave,

    All the veterans I have met mention Mr. Coogan and his time in Burma. He was fond of a certain greeting reposte, that being, "you have shaken the hand, that held the p***k, that knew Betty Grable..........

    I think you will get my drift!!!:)


    Didn't always go down too well, by all accounts.:D
     
  5. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Another Chindit who went on to become a famous cartoonist after the war:

    Obituary: Emmwood - Arts & Entertainment - The Independent

    John Musgrave-Wood served in column 7 on operation Longcloth and was the last officer to see my Grandfather alive and still a free man, in the Kachin Hills of Burma.
     
  6. dave500

    dave500 Senior Member

    James Stewart, flew B-24's with the "Mighty Eighth": Fact Sheets : Brig. Gen. James M. Stewart : Brig. Gen. James M. Stewart

    Douglas Fairbanks Jr too: Biography - Commander Douglas Elton Fairbanks, Jr., USNR

    Spike Milligan: Obituary: Spike Milligan | Books | The Guardian

    Not technically true.

    Jimmy Stewart was an established actor before the war thanks to his
    leading role in You Can't Take It With You.

    By the way, my grandma and Jimmy Stewart's mum grew up together in Apollo, PA. My dad told me that a young Jimmy Stewart once chased him and my Uncle Wally around the hills of Apollo.


    Dave
     
  7. Son of POW-Escaper

    Son of POW-Escaper Senior Member

    Hey gang,

    Here's another one that has escaped a lot of attention, probably because he was not an actor. But he did win two Oscars nonetheless. You have all seen his films: Goldfinger (and at least 6 other Bond flicks), Dr. Strangelove, The Ipcress File, Barry Lyndon, The Madness of King George III, etc. His name:

    Sir Ken (Klaus) Adam

    Ken Adam - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    One of only two only German Jews to fly in the wartime RAF (along with my father). He flew Typhoons from '43 onward.

    Marc
     
  8. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    A good list of British Personalities and their WW2 Histories:
    Unknown Warriors
     
  9. Jedburgh22

    Jedburgh22 Very Senior Member

    The Actor Sterling Hayden served with the OSS in the Balkans
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sterling_Hayden

    USMC Hero Peter Ortiz served behind the Lines in France with an Inter Allied Mission SOE/OSS - He later starred with John Wayne in John Ford Westerns

    Colonel Peter Julien Ortiz: OSS Marine, Actor, Californian

    Rene Dussaq - a Hollywood stuntman served in France with SOE/OSS and later filmed the Nuclear explosions in Japan.

    Mel Brooks was a combat engineer in the NW Europe Campaign

    Ernest Borgnine served 12 years in the US Navy

    Charles Durning landed on D-Day - wounded in the Battle of the Bulge

    Audrey Hepburn - Resistance Courier in Holland

    Lee Marvin - just had to be a US Marine - wounded on Saipan




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  10. alieneyes

    alieneyes Senior Member

    Sir Anthony Quayle, SOE in Albania
     
  11. NPMS

    NPMS Junior Member

    Not too many people in the British AFPU had been or went on to be famous 'on camera' but lots did behind it.

    A few examples....
    Peter Handford - Sound, Out of Africa (Oscar). John Aldred - Sound, Anne of a Thousand Days. Arthur Graham - Camera, The African Queen. Bob Baker - Producer, Roger Moore's partner on TV's 'The Saint' & 'The Persuaders'. John Boulting - Director, Brighton Rock. Hugh Stewart - Producer, Norman Wisdom and Morecambe & Wise comedies. John Wilcox - Camera on The Eagle has Landed, Cinematographer on The Cockleshell Heroes. Ernie Walter - Editor, The Inn of the Sixth Happiness. Geoff Seaholme - Camera, Kind Hearts and Coronets. Bryan Langley - TV's Doctor Who. Basil Keys - Associate Producer, Zulu. Len Harris - Camera, Phantom of the Opera.

    And then there the RAF boys...
    Gil Taylor - Camera, the original Star Wars. Harry Waxman - Cinematographer, The Swiss Family Robinson and at least one Pink Panther. And Graham 'Skeets' Kelly - Camera on classics from Great Expectations to The Battle of Britain, Those Magnificent Men and Zeppelin (on which he was killed in action).

    Just a small selection. See Book Forum for When You're Smiler in which there is a comprehensive list.
     
  12. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

  13. Assam

    Assam Senior Member

    Not sure if these have been covered but:

    Ian Carmichael - Royal Armoured Corps (Major)
    Niall MacGinnis - Royal Navy Surgeon
    Christopher Rhodes (Sir) - 3rd Bt - succeeded 1955 - Essex Regiment Lt Col, CdeG & LOM (US)

    Regards

    Simon
     
  14. jacksun

    jacksun Senior Member

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  15. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

  16. Capt Bill

    Capt Bill wanderin off at a tangent

    Leslie 'oh hello' Phillips

    Stevenage Home Guard, then Commissioned into Durham Light Infantry
     
  17. Lee Rimmer

    Lee Rimmer Junior Member

  18. Jedburgh22

    Jedburgh22 Very Senior Member

    Anthony Quayle was the IO for the Aux Units in Northumberland and later served in Albania with SOE.

    Rene Dussaq - a famous stuntamn served with the OSS in France and later photographed the Atomic explosions

    Peter Ortiz a highly decorated Marine served with the OSS in France and went on to star alongside John Wayne in some John Ford Westerns

    Sterling Hayden served in the Balkans with the OSS

    Also some of the Movie industry 'Back room boys' used their skills for the camouflage section of SOE devising hiding places for equipment, explosives etc.
     
  19. bugleboy2323

    bugleboy2323 Senior Member

    1. Christopher Lee [​IMG]Nationality: British
    Branch: Royal Air Force
    Occupation: Intelligence Officer
    Rank: Flight Lieutenant

    Lee volunteered to fight with Finish forces at the outbreak of the Finish-Russian war in 1940, before joining the RAF and serving in North Africa, Sicily and Italy.
     
  20. bugleboy2323

    bugleboy2323 Senior Member

    . Denholm Elliott [​IMG]Nationality: British
    Branch: Royal Air Force
    Occupation: Radioman and Navigator

    Whilst serving in Bomber Command, Denholm was shot down over Denmark in 1942 and spent the rest of the war in a POW camp.
     

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