Actors Involved in Politics

There's a bunch of decent, good and great actors who have also worked in politics. Who's your favorite??

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Ronald Reagan
Production Manager, General Electric Theater
Ronald Reagan had quite a prolific career, having catapulted from a Warner Bros. contract player and television star, into serving as president of the Screen Actors Guild, the governorship of California (1967-1975), and lastly, two terms as President of the United States (1981-1989). Ronald Wilson Reagan was born in Tampico...
“ Movies: Kings Row, Bedtime For Bunzo, Knute Rockne - All American.

Politics: President of SAG, Governor of California, President of USA. ” - JuulDK
Arnold Schwarzenegger
With an almost unpronounceable surname and a thick Austrian accent, who would have ever believed that a brash, quick talking bodybuilder from a small European village would become one of Hollywood's biggest stars, marry into the prestigious Kennedy family, amass a fortune via shrewd investments and one day be the Governor of California!...
“ Movies: Terminator, Predator, Kindergarten Cop.

Politics: Governor of California. ” - JuulDK
Jesse Ventura
Actor, Predator
Jesse Ventura was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Bernice Martha (Lenz), a nurse who was of German descent, and George William Janos, a steam fitter of Slovak ancestry. In November 1990, professional wrestler turned actor Jesse Ventura was elected to a four-year term as mayor of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota...
“ Movies: Predator, Demolition Man, Batman & Robin.

Politics: Mayor, then Governor of Minnesota. ” - JuulDK
Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood was born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the son of Clinton Eastwood Sr., a manufacturing executive for Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and Ruth Wood, a housewife turned IBM operator. He had a comfortable, middle-class upbringing in nearby Piedmont. At school Eastwood took interest in music and mechanics...
“ Movies: Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, Dirty Harry.

Politics: Served as Mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea. ” - JuulDK
“ Movies: The Defender, Austin Powers, Ringmaster.

Politics: Mayor of Cincinnati. ” - JuulDK
Al Franken
Al Franken is best known for nearly two decades of work on Saturday Night Live. During that time he wrote, performed in and produced hundreds of sketches, including "Daily Affirmations with Stuart Smalley" and "The Final Days," a piece about the last days of Richard Nixon's presidency. A noted political commentator and satirist...
“ Movies: When a Man Loves a Woman, Stuart Saves His Family, Saturday Night Live.

Politics: Senator. ” - JuulDK
“ Movies: Hairspray, Dirty Laundry, Airplane II.

Politics: Mayor of Palm Springs, California, Congressman. ” - JuulDK
“ Movies: Sinister, Die Hard 2, In The Line of Fire.

Politics: Lawyer, Senator, ran for President. ” - JuulDK
Kal Penn
Kal Penn was born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey, to Asmita, a fragrance evaluator, and Suresh Modi, an engineer. His parents are Gujarati immigrants to America from India. He attended the Freehold Regional High School District's Performing Arts High School where he participated in the school's theater productions...
“ Movies: Harold & Kumar, Superman Returns, Van Wilder.

Politics: Associate Director in the Obama administration. ” - JuulDK
John Lodge
John Davis Lodge, the movie actor who became a successful politician around the time that "Helen Gahagan' Douglas (the wife of Melvyn Douglas and the star of "She" (1932)) was making California politics safe for the likes of faded hoofer George Murphy and future General Electric Theater host Ronald Reagan...
“ Movies: Little Women, The Scarlet Empress, Bulldog Drummond at Bay.

Politics: Served as US Ambassador, US House Member and Governor of Connecticut. ” - JuulDK
Shirley Temple
Shirley Temple was easily the most popular and famous child star of all time. She got her start in the movies at the age of three and soon progressed to super stardom. Shirley could do it all: act, sing and dance and all at the age of five! Fans loved her as she was bright, bouncy and cheerful in her...
“ Movies: Heidi, Bright Eyes, Fort Apache.

Politics: Ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia. ” - JuulDK
George Murphy
After giving up college, George Murphy decided to become a dancer. Starting in 1927, he worked with his wife and partner Julie Johnson on Broadway. In 1934, after his wife retired from show business, he worked with Shirley Temple, in Hollywood, as well as Eleanor Powell, Fred Astaire, and Ronald Reagan...
“ Movies: This Is the Army, Battleground, For Me and My Gal.

Politics: Was a US Senator form California. ” - JuulDK
“ Movies: The Cowboy Kid, Battling with Buffalo Bill, Broadway to Cheyenne.

Politics: Lt. Governor of Nevada. ” - JuulDK
Alan Autry
Though not Hispanic, Autry's parents named him "Carlos" after a Louisiana politician admired by his father. The couple soon divorced, however, and Autry's mother took him to be with her family in central California. Carlos Autry now became Carlos Brown. Autry played sports in high school and earned...
“ Movies: House, At Close Range, In the Heat of the Night.

Politics: Mayor of Fresno. ” - JuulDK
Jack Kelly
Actor, Maverick
Jack Kelly started acting at age two, modeling in soap ads and garnering a lifetime supply of soap for his pay. Jack continued to model until the age of nine when he appeared in his first play with Hope Emerson called "Swing Your Lady". Broadway shows and radio followed until his family moved to California in 1938...
“ Movies: Forbidden Planet, Maverick, To Hell and Back.

Politics: Mayor of Huntington Beach. ” - JuulDK
“ Movies: The Starfighters, To the Shores of Hell, Hell on Wheels.

Politics: Member of US House of Representatives from Orange County, California. ” - JuulDK
Fred Grandy
Fred is lovingly known as Gopher by his millions of fans around the world who watched him became for 9 years in the 1970s hit series The Love Boat. But, before Fred became well known as an actor, he went to "Phillips Exeter Academy" with David Eisenhower. Later, he became David's best man when he married Julie Nixon...
“ Movies: Death Race 2000, The Girl Most Likely to..., The Love Boat.

Politics: Served four terms as Congressman to the state of Iowa. ” - JuulDK
“ Movies: Primary Colors, The Dukes of Hazzard, The Lincoln Conspiracy.

Politics. Congressman to the 4th district of Georgia. ” - JuulDK
Will Rogers Jr.
Will Rogers Jr. was elected as a Democratic congressman for Southern California in 1942. Although he served only 17 months in congress, he is best remembered as the American politician who did the most to try and save the Jews of Europe during World War II. Rogers joined the Emergency Committee to Save the Jewish People of Europe in 1943...
“ Movies: The Story of Will Rogers, The Boy from Oklahoma, Wild Heritage.

Politics: Congressman for Southern California. ” - JuulDK
Sheila James Kuehl
Babyboomers remember well the diminutive (4'10"), dark-haired comedienne Sheila James who raised a smile with her portrayals of tomboyish kid sisters and boy-crazy high schoolers on late 50s and early 60s TV. For a while she was a huge hit backed by her characters' plaintive, pony-tailed presences, strategies and sheer persistence to get what they wanted...
“ Movies: Zelda.

Politics: Served on California State assembly and State Senate. ” - JuulDK
John Gavin
Actor, Psycho
John Gavin, the American film and TV actor, businessman and diplomat who was Ronald Reagan's first Ambassador to Mexico, was born John Anthony Golenor. The future "Jack" Gavin was a fifth generation Angeleno on the side of his father Herald, who was descended from the Golenor family of Spain. The Golenors were early landowners in Spanish California...
“ Movies: Psycho, A Time to Love and a Time To Die, Spartacus.

Politics: Ambassador to Mexico, had also been president of SAG. ” - JuulDK
“ Movies: Sex Lies and Videotape, Twenty-One, The Harvest.

Politics: Held a number of positions under Ronald Reagan. ” - JuulDK
Wendell Corey
Wendell Corey was a hard-working American character actor who appeared in numerous movies and television productions in the 1940s, '50s and '60s. Born on March 20, 1914 in Dracut, Massachusetts, in the northeastern part of the Commonwealth near the New Hampshire border, Corey was the son of a Congregationalist clergyman...
“ Movies: Rear Window, The Search, The Rainmaker.

Politics: Republican campaigner, served on Santa Monica city council, ran for Congress. ” - JuulDK
Ben Stein
Ben Stein (Benjamin J. Stein) was born on Nov. 25, 1944 in Washington, D.C. The son of noted economist and writer Herbert Stein, he grew up in Silver Spring, Md., and attended Montgomery Blair High School. Some of his classmates included journalist Carl Bernstein, and actors Goldie Hawn and Sylvester Stallone...
“ Movies: Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Casper, Expelled.

Politics: Speech writer for Nixon and Ford. ” - JuulDK
Gary Coleman
Without a doubt Gary Coleman was THE child TV star of the late 1970s and early 1980s. A refreshingly confident little tyke with sparkling dark, saucer-like eyes and an ingratiating, take-on-anyone burst of personality, the boy charmed the pants right off of TV viewers the minute he was glimpsed in national commercials...
“ Movies: Movin' In, Diff'rent Strokes, The Kid with the 200 I.Q.

Politics: Ran for California Governor in the same race Arnold Schwarzenegger won. ” - JuulDK
“ Movies: Rabid, Angel of H.E.A.T., Party Girls.

Politics: Was a minor Candidate for Vice-President in 2004 and President in 2008. ” - JuulDK
Nancy Kulp
Nancy Kulp wore many hats: Publicity person, actress, linguist, would-be politician and teacher. Originally from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Kulp attended college in Florida, then headed for Hollywood to work in publicity for the movies, not star in them. Soon after arriving in Hollywood, Kulp was convinced...
“ Movies: Aristocats, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Parent Trap.

Politics: Ran for the US House. ” - JuulDK
“ Movies: Billy Jack.

Politics: Ran for President several times. ” - JuulDK
Pat Paulsen
Pat Paulsen was a comedian specializing in satire who thrived on television in the late 1960s. The highlight of his career came in the watershed year 1968 when - emulating Gracie Allen''s quixotic 1940 Presidential bid as the Surprise Party candidate - he launched his own campaign for the U.S. presidency on the STAG (Straight Talking American Government) ticket...
“ Movies: Brand X, Blood Suckers from Outer Space, Auntie Lee's Meat Pies.

Politics: Ran for President many times. ” - JuulDK
Howard Stern
Howard Allan Stern was born on January 12, 1954, in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York, to Rae (Schiffman), an inhalation therapist, and Bernard Stern, who co-owned a cartoon/commercial production studio. His grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Poland and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Stern's first radio experience was at Boston University...
“ Movies: Private Parts, I Spill Your Guts, Ryder P.I.

Politics: Ran for Governor of New York in 1994. ” - JuulDK
Charlton Heston
Actor, Ben-Hur
With features chiseled in stone, and renowned for playing a long list of historical figures, particularly in Biblical epics, the tall, well built and ruggedly handsome Charlton Heston was one of Hollywood's greatest leading men and remained active in front of movie cameras for over sixty years. As a Hollywood star...
“ Movies: Planet of the Apes, Ben-Hur, Touch of Evil.

Politics: President of both the Screen Actors Guild and the National Rifle Association. ” - JuulDK
Sean Penn
Sean Penn is a powerhouse film performer capable of intensely moving work, who has gone from strength to strength during a colourful film career, and who has drawn much media attention for his stormy private life and political viewpoints. Sean Justin Penn was born in Los Angeles, California, the second son of actress Eileen Ryan (née Annucci) and director...
“ Movies: Milk, Mystic River, Dead Man Walking.

Politics: Ambassador-at-Large for Haiti. ” - JuulDK