Actors who fought during wartime

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Actors who fought during wartime

Postby Kim Sung » 29 Jul 2010 03:04

I'd like to add more about Nishimura Kō. His father was renowned Japanese biologist, Nishimura Makoto (西村真琴) who developed Gakutensoku (學天則), Asia's first robot. The former Kamikaze pilot played his father's role in a historical fantasy movie 'Tales of the Imperial Capital' (帝都物語, Teito Monogatari) in 1987.


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Actors who fought during wartime

Postby Kim Sung » 02 Aug 2010 06:08

Another Kamikaze pilot Emi Shuntaro (江見俊太郎) also had a successful career as actor after the war. He was conscripted in 1944 when he was studying in the Waseda University, majoring in political economics. Serving as second lieutenant in a Kamikaze unit, fortunately, the war ended just before his Kamikaze sortie. He appeared in the 1956 mega-hit movie 'Emperor Meiji and the Russo-Japanese War' (明治天皇と日露大戦争, Meiji Tenno to Nichiro Taisenso) as Major Yamaoka Kumaji (山岡熊治).

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Emi Shuntaro in the 1949 movie 'Human Appearance' (人間模様, ningen moyo)


'Emperor Meiji and the Russo-Japanese War' (明治天皇と日露大戦争, Meiji Tenno to Nichiro Taisenso) : Lieutenant Commander Hirose(広瀬武夫)'s death during the blockade operation in port Lushun (旅順港閉塞作戦)



* This famous, exaggerated scene will be remade more dramatically in next sequel of the controversial drama, 'Clouds over the Hill' (坂の上の雲, Saka no Ue no Kumo) in December this year. 


'Emperor Meiji and the Russo-Japanese War' (明治天皇と日露大戦争, Meiji Tenno to Nichiro Taisenso) : The meeting at Shui Shi Ying (水師営の会見)



* The above scene is quite different from Captain Tsunoda Koreshige(津野田是重)'s account.

...At 11:30, General Nogi arrived at the Meeting Place. Perplexed, Tsunoda guided his commander into the house. General Nogi agreed but Major General Ijichi was a little offended because Russian staff didn't come out to greet the Japanese delegation. It seemed that the Japanese delegation wanted the Russians to recognize them as victors.

The above scene is based on Captain Tsunoda's account, but Kawakami Toshitsune (川上俊彦), who was on the spot as interpreter at that time, told that the Russian staff did come out to greet them. Two men have different accounts on what had happened just before the meeting began. We find a lot of similar phenomena when we try to verify historical facts, especially, atrocity cases...

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Re: Actors who fought during wartime

Postby nickjames54 » 05 Aug 2010 10:21

What about Jimmy Edwards ??did he fly Dakotas WW2?

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Postby phylo_roadking » 06 Aug 2010 02:07

Apparently yes -

He served in the Royal Air Force during World War II, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross. His Dakota was shot down at Arnhem in 1944, resulting in his sustaining facial injuries requiring plastic surgery — he disguised the traces with the huge handlebar moustache that later became his trademark. He was a member of the Guinea Pig Club.
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Postby sylvieK4 » 17 Aug 2010 00:18

Cherokee-American actor Wes Studi served with the U.S Army in Vietnam. Studi is best known for his film portrayals of Native American figures from history and literature, including Geronimo and "Magua" from 1992's "Last of the Mohicans".
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Postby JamesL » 30 Sep 2010 15:51

Tony Curtis (1925-2010)

Tony Curtis, formerly Bernard Schwartz of Brooklyn, served as a signalman in the U.S. Navy aboard the submarine tender U.S.S. Proteus. His ship was present in Tokyo Bay for the formal surrender of Japan aboard the U.S.S. Missouri on Sept. 2, 1945, which Signalman Schwartz watched through a pair of binoculars. “That was one of the great moments in my life,” he later wrote.

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Postby Helmut0815 » 02 Sep 2011 13:40

Bela Lugosi (1882 - 1956)

During WW I he became a volunteer in the Austro-Hungarian Army and served as an infantry lieutenant from 1914 to 1916. Later he was prromoted to the rank of captain in a ski patrol where he was wounded and decorated several times.


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Postby JamesL » 23 Jan 2012 18:31

Charles Durning discussing his experiences at Normandy. Given at National Memorial Day Ceremony, Washington, D.C.

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Postby Trackhead M2 » 27 Mar 2012 23:37

dabbydo wrote:I don't have a source but if I remember correctly, Tom Poston was a C-47 pilot on D-Day.
He was in the Bob newhart show.

By the way, Benny Hill was in the Army 8O

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Postby von thoma » 06 Apr 2012 18:23

Broderick Crawford.

During World War II,Broderick Crawford enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps.Assigned to the Armed Forces Network, he was sent to Britain in 1944 as a Sergeant,serving as an announcer for the Glenn Miller American Band.

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Crawford was specialized in detective or policeman roles.

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Postby uhu » 21 Apr 2012 20:58

Born 1900, Austrian cavalry in WWI, Graf Friedrich Anton Maria Hubertus Bonifacius von Ledebur-Wicheln, started in films in 1945. Played a field Marshal in "Blue Max", the officer in charge of the POW compound in "Slaughterhouse 5", and many other Generals and one Admiral under the stage name of Friedrich Ledebur. Looks the part of a general!

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Postby Helmut0815 » 22 Apr 2012 10:17

German actor and entertainer Joachim "Blacky“ Fuchsberger (born 11th March 1927 in Stuttgart), known as an actor in various Edgar Wallace movies (always playing Scotland Yard Inspectors) and the 08/15 series.
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In 1943 he became a paratrooper and was sent to the Eastern Front where he was wounded. He was captured in a hospital in Stralsund by Soviet forces and came into Soviet captivity and later in American and British captivity.

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Postby Helmut0815 » 02 Aug 2012 20:29

Ed Wood, Jr. (1924 – 1978), actor, film producer and probably the worst director of all time (Plan 9 from Outer Space).

Soon after Pearl Harbor Ed enlisted in the US Marine Corps where he served from 1942 - 46. He took part in some main battles in the pacific theatre (Guadalcanal, Tarawa) where was wounded several times and highly decorated.
He claimed that he was secretly wearing lingerie under his uniform while in battle. :roll:

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Postby von thoma » 20 Jul 2014 15:41

César Romero Jr.
American actor. In October 1942, he enlisted in U.S. Coast Guard in Pacific Theater. He reported aboard
Coast Guard-manned assault transport USS Cavalier in November 1943, saw action during the invasions
of Tinian and Saipan.
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Postby askropp » 20 Jul 2014 18:47

Austrian actor and TV host Dietmar Schönherr (1926-2014), who died on Friday, fought as an officer candidate in a Gebirgsjäger unit. His father was Wehrmacht Generalleutnant Otto Schönherr (Edler von Schönleiten), and his grandfather was k.u.k. Generalmajor Hugo Schönherr (Edler von Schönleiten).
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