Movie Stars, Politicians and Celebs

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

  1. bugleboy2323

    bugleboy2323 Senior Member

    . Alec Guinness [​IMG]Nationality: British
    Branch: Royal Navy
    Occupation: Landing Craftsman

    Guinness was part of the allied amphibious landings at Sicily and Elba, before becoming involved with the ferrying of supplies to Yugoslavian rebels in the latter stage of the war.
     
  2. bugleboy2323

    bugleboy2323 Senior Member

    Dirk Bogarde [​IMG]Nationality: British
    Branch: British Army
    Occupation: Intelligence Office
    Rank: Major

    Dirk served in both the Pacific and European theatres of war. Was involved in the liberation of the Belsen death camp and allegedly developed a severe hatred for German citizens from this point forward for the rest of his life.
     
  3. bugleboy2323

    bugleboy2323 Senior Member

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  7. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    Clark Gable (allegedly Hitlers favourite American star) - Tail gunner in B17's.

    I don't think this is correct, Adam. He said he wanted to be an enlisted gunner but he became an office making training films. He would have been in his forties when the US got into the war.
     
  8. La-de-da-Gunner Graham

    La-de-da-Gunner Graham Senior Member

    According to The Mighty Eighth (Roger Freeman) Gable served "with 351st Bomb Group on special assignment to make a training film about aerial gunners, May to September 1943. In the course of this duty he flew five combat missions, four with the 351st and one with the 303rd group at Molesworth. He said that his greatest fear was that of being captured, expecting that Hitler with exhibit him in a cage."

    Keith
     
  9. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    According to The Mighty Eighth (Roger Freeman) Gable served "with 351st Bomb Group on special assignment to make a training film about aerial gunners, May to September 1943. In the course of this duty he flew five combat missions, four with the 351st and one with the 303rd group at Molesworth. He said that his greatest fear was that of being captured, expecting that Hitler with exhibit him in a cage."

    Keith


    Wow. That's good information. My apologies to Adam and my thanks to you.
     
  10. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    I understand that Gable's participation was curtailed after his last mission, where the B-17 he was flying in as an observer was shot up badly. Gable's personal equipment was hit by a projectile, but his body was not.

    It may be mentioned above, I haven't looked, but if you want to see a star that put his money where his mouth is, read about James Stewart.
     
  11. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    It may be mentioned above, I haven't looked, but if you want to see a star that put his money where his mouth is, read about James Stewart.

    Glenn Miller too. Although he volunteered to be a musician, the financial hit he took was huge. He was a superstar at the time.
     
  12. La-de-da-Gunner Graham

    La-de-da-Gunner Graham Senior Member

    I agree. Respect to them both.

    Keith
     
  13. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

    I understand that Gable's participation was curtailed after his last mission, where the B-17 he was flying in as an observer was shot up badly. Gable's personal equipment was hit by a projectile, but his body was not.

    It may be mentioned above, I haven't looked, but if you want to see a star that put his money where his mouth is, read about James Stewart.

    Jeff,
    That's my sense as well. From all accounts he was the genuine deal. Put himself in harms way, asked for nothing special and was exceptionally modest afterwards. A classy guy in every way.
     
  14. Theobob

    Theobob Senior Member

    A mate of my dads "flatpacked" Stewart Granger when he did the "big i am" and tried to push into a queue for chocolate.
    I have no idea what outfit Granger was in,but we were watching a film one night with him in it and dad just came out with it!
    Things like that used to pop in and out of his head all the time.
    Weird eh
     
  15. bexley84

    bexley84 Well-Known Member

    My father served on the home front with

    - Nigel Stock (Owen MD, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Great Escape etc etc) and
    - Jack Allen (Willoughby from Korda's 1939 The Four Feathers),

    although neither were in action with him.

    N.Stock went onto the Gurkhas, and J.Allen stayed with the RUR.

    Following on from a previous comment, Terence Milligan was very supportive of my Dad and his comrades at Stuka Ridge, near Bou Arada, 70 years ago this month.
     
  16. Wills

    Wills Very Senior Member

  17. sandwichery

    sandwichery Junior Member

    Lee Marvin,

    Wiki:
    "He left school to join the U.S. 4th Marine Division, serving as a sniper. He was wounded in action during the WWII Battle of Saipan, eight months prior to the Battle of Iwo Jima. Most of his platoon were killed during the battle. This had a significant effect on Marvin for the rest of his life. He was awarded the Purple Heart medal and was given a medical discharge with the rank of Private First Class."

    Marvin actually got his butt shot off on Saipan. Watched an interview when he described how he was hit while crawling. He laughingly called it "a pretty embarrassing" place to get wounded and he still had the wallet that the bullet went through.
     
  18. Fossil Phil

    Fossil Phil Junior Member

    Hollywood stuntman Joe Powell was in No.4 Commando and took part in the Dieppe raid in the assault against Hess Battery and on the attack on Flushing. He became an actor whilst off duty in Germany just post-war when an actor from Shepherd's Bush Studios pulled up as he was loitering at a bus stop and asked him if he could ride a horse. He agreed and his path was set simply by a chance encounter.

    Fans of the film 'Zulu' will know him best as Sgt. Windridge, the 'chap with the muscles'. He also did the death leap in 'The Man Who Would Be King' as well as appearing performing stunts in 'Where Eagles Dare', 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' and many others.
     

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  19. The Cooler King

    The Cooler King Elite Member

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    Lee Van Cleef -


    Also known as "Angel Eyes" in the movie "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly." Served in the U.S. Navy aboard a submarine chaser in the Caribbean, then in the Black and China Seas on a mine sweeper.,
     
  20. The Cooler King

    The Cooler King Elite Member

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    ("Scotty" on Star Trek) landed in Normandy with the U.S. Army on D-Day.
    According to his 1996 autobiography Beam Me Up, Scotty, Doohan landed with Royal Canadian Army troops on the D-Day invasion of France and lost the middle finger of his right hand to German fire. The injury didn't keep him from landing the role of spaceship engineer Montgomery "Scotty" Scott on the 1960s TV series Star Trek. Avid Trekkies will note that 'stunt double' hands were used whenever Doohan operated the ship's transporter
     

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