Actors who fought during wartime

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Post by Fallschirmjäger » 07 Feb 2008 06:06

So he changed is name right for some reason,wonder why,and that new name too looks strange,not german?.

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Post by Peter H » 07 Feb 2008 06:28

No idea.But most actors adopt a different name.

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Post by Fallschirmjäger » 07 Feb 2008 09:39

Yea must be,and i should have serached him up first under this name as see a bit now like in movies like Decision Before Dawn, The Bridge(which i have not seen still),The Great Escape,and longest day.Also he died in 1995 which you must have mentioned i think on the other thread,also other alternate name of Til Kive.Some of the other movies,tv sound intersting too,wonder what they where like,vehicles,uniforms etc...wise?.

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Post by Moltke d. J. » 07 Feb 2008 13:35

French screen legend JEAN GABIN left Hollywood in 1943 and volunteered for the Free French at age 39. He saw action in North Africa and Europe as commander of a M10 tank destroyer (rank:'second maître' = sargent, Régiment blindé des fusilers marins, 2nd Armoured Division) and was awarded the Médaille Militaire and a Croix de Guerre.
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Following D-Day, Gabin was part of the military contingent that entered a liberated Paris. Captured on film by the media is a scene where an anxious Marlene Dietrich is waiting in the crowd when she spots Gabin onboard a battle tank and rushes to him.

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Post by Potsdamerplatz » 11 Feb 2008 00:37

Peter H wrote:The German actor Til Kiwe served as Eduard-Heinrich Kiefer in the HG Division during the war.Awarded the Knight's Cross.Captured in North Africa 1943.

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In The Longest Day as Til Kiwe.Played Rommel's aide Helmuth Lang.

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Who did he play in "The Great Escape" - Commandant von Luger's adjutant is the only character I can think who fits.....

Can anyone confirm?

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Post by Peter H » 11 Feb 2008 00:58

Frick. :)

I have a Great Escape movie program from 1963(remember when theatres sold glossy programs to accompany your trip to the cinema) that says that Kiwe's own experience as a POW in WW2 gave the actor a better dimension in playing his character in the movie.

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Post by Grünherz » 23 Mar 2009 05:01

Brian Ross wrote:John Wayne was too old, had physical impairment (IIRC "flat feet") and was the father of too many children (four, IIRC).
An interesting thread. I don't have in front of me, but once read an article about "celebrities" who served in the wars and it was quite long and informative. (yes, Kim Sung, it DOES just seem to involve only english-speaking actors/etc.! Please continue to list others--German, Japanese, Filipino, etc.).
I seem to remember a quote from William Manchester regarding John Wayne appearing at an R&R base in the Pacific...
He showed up in his cowboy outfit and was booed off the stage.
I may well stand to be corrected.

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Post by sylvieK4 » 14 May 2009 13:47

Writer, producer, television personality, and sometimes-actor, Dominick Dunne served in the U.S Army during WWII. He reportedly earned a Bronze Star for "saving another soldier" during the Battle of the Bulge.
See: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0242839/

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Post by pavel michalek » 14 May 2009 16:06

HANS CHRISTIAN BLECH
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Obtained the famous scars on his face from wounds received while serving as a German Soldier on the Russian Front during WW2.

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Post by Peter H » 15 May 2009 03:22

Bud Tingwell RIP

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009 ... 571273.htm
Tingwell became a radio actor while still in school but joined the RAAF in 1941, flying 75 combat missions as a photographic reconnaissance pilot.

"My most dangerous mission was a reconnaissance mission flying very low over Salonica which was occupied by the Nazis. We came in there, very low, perfect weather. It was great for the gunners but not so good for us and we came in over the hills expecting all hell to break loose, but nothing," he wrote on his website.

"So we took our first run at the cameras, turned around, did the second run with full coverage and nothing was fired at... that we could tell, anyway. All that and we were about 200-300 feet. Flew all the way back, exhilarated, such an amazing experience.

"We then found out that the German army had pulled out of that whole area one hour before we got there.

"Now, I reckon they must have seen us because they'd only be an hour down the road with slow-moving vehicles. Besides all that, they still didn't shoot at us. I then found out that Kurt Waldheim had been the Commander in that area. So when there was any controversy about Kurt Waldheim, I said, 'Oh no, he's a good bloke' He didn't shoot at us in 1944."...

In 1952, he was invited to Hollywood to work alongside Richard Burton on The Desert Rats.

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Post by sylvieK4 » 18 May 2009 10:58

Peter H wrote:James Arness--US 3rd Infantry Division, wounded at Anzio 1944.
Arness was also awarded the Bronze Star. Here he is in uniform:

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Post by ttboy » 22 May 2009 02:57

Charles Durning who fought in Normandy wounded by a German S mine recovered in England participated in the Battle of the Bulge was wounded. Received three purple hearts.

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Post by Fallschirmjäger » 22 May 2009 07:24

Still working too in acting jobs at 86,but lately like on that show rescue me,that saw him most recently,he looked i think slimmer than some older things saw him in?.

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Actors who fought during wartime

Post by Kim Sung » 22 May 2009 12:14

Some Directors who fought at war

Richard Attenborough (noted for directing 'A Bridge Too Far' and 'Gandhi') served in the Royal Air Force for three years during WWII.

George Roy Hill (noted for directing 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' and 'The Sting') served in the United States Marine Corps as a cargo pilot in the South Pacific during the Pacific War. Later, in the Korean War, he served for 18 months as night fighter pilot with the rank of major.

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Post by Kim Sung » 22 May 2009 12:28

Ronald Lee Ermey who appeared as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in 'Full Metal Jacket' fought in the Vietnam War. He served as a drill instructor at San Diego in 1965~67.

Ronald Lee Ermey in 'Full Metal Jacket'

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