Next Monday we will take some time to honor veterans of United States Armed Services. Throughout the history of our country, men and women alike have given a part of their lives to the defense of America. Whether through the draft or through voluntary service, they devote themselves to us. And we should all be grateful to them.
In the past I have focused on movies and television, both fictional and documentary, about those who served in the armed services. This year, I thought I might take a look at just a few filmmakers who have or had been in the armed forces. Some may surprise you. Most will not. From World War II to the present day, we have talented people who took time to serve.
Mel Brooks  Ice-T 
Charles Durning  Don Knotts 
Robert Duvall   Bob Newhart 
Clint Eastwood   Elvis Presley 
Dennis Franz   Wes Studi 
James Garner   Gene Wilder 
Army Air Corps/Air Force
Robert Altman  Charlton Heston 
Charles Bronson  Chuck Norris 
Morgan Freeman  Ronald Reagan 
Clark Gable  Gene Roddenberry 
Peter Graves  James Stewart 
Bea Arthur  (the only woman I could find) Lee Marvin 
Scott Glenn   Steve McQueen 
Gene Hackman  Rob Riggle 
Ernie Hudson  George C. Scott 
Harvey Keitel 
This Veterans Day, remember those who served, whether they’re friends, family, neighbors, or strangers. They may not be famous, but they deserve our respect and our gratitude.
Added note: I am terribly ashamed of myself for neglecting the actor who was the most decorated soldier of World War II. Texas-born Audie Murphy  received every combat medal awarded by the U.S. Army. His autobiography To Hell and Back  became a movie -- in which he played himself. He went on to star in numerous movies, particularly westerns. I have replaced the picture of Jimmy Stewart biography with one of Murphy's autobiography. You can link to the record for the book directly from the picture or from the title just above.