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You may be surprised by the number of celebrities who are military veterans. We’ve compiled a list of 13 celebs who served in the military at some point before their Hollywood careers. Many stars can attribute their enlistment for jump-starting their career in the entertainment industry. Read their stories below.

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1. Drew Carey

The popular television host of shows like Whose Line Is It Anyway? and The Price is Right began his career by performing stand-up comedy during his stint in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. Carey had six years of service, from 1980-1986, and says his signature look of a crew-cut and horn-rimmed glasses comes from that military experience.

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