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Basil Rathbone in the uniform of the Liverpool Scottish, in which he served as a lieutenant in World War One. He was awarded the Military Cross in September 1918. He went on to become a successful screen and stage actor.
Ronald Coleman served with the London Scottish Regiment with fellow actors Claude Rains, Herbert Marshall, Cedric Hardwicke and Basil Rathbone. On 31 October 1914 at the Battle of Messines Colman was seriously wounded by shrapnel in his ankle, which gave him a limp that he would attempt to hide throughout the rest of his acting career. He was invalided from the service in 1916.
Philip St. John Basil Rathbone (13 June 1892 – 21 July 1967) South African-born British actor. In 1916, he joining the London Scottish Regiment as a private, then as a lieutenant in Liverpool Scottish, 2nd Battalion, where he served as an intelligence officer attained rank of captain. He convinced his superiors to allow him to scout enemy positions during daylight hours, completing his mission through skillful use of disguises. In September 1918, he was awarded the Military Cross.
WWI-Leslie Howard enlisted at the outbreak of the First World War. He served in the British Army as a subaltern in the Northamptonshire Yeomanry, but suffered shell shock, which led to his relinquishing his commission in May 1916.
Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo (born January 28, 1936), better known as Alan Alda, is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and author. He was a member of the ROTC, and after graduation, he served for a year at Fort Benning, Georgia, then joined the U.S. Army Reserve. He was a lieutenant, and served for six months as a gunnery officer in Korea after the Korean War.
Bela Lugosi volunteered in the Austro-Hungarian Army during WWI. He served from 1914-1916 and was commissioned as an Infantry Lieutenant. He rose to the rank of Captain in the Ski Patrol and was awarded a medal for wounds he suffered while serving on the Russian Front. He was wounded three times. Due to his activism in the actors' union in Hungry, during the Hungarian Revolution of 1919 he was forced to flee his homeland making his way to the US as a crewman on a merchant ship.
James Maitland "Jimmy" Stewart enlisted in the Army in March 1941, he became the first major American movie star to wear a military uniform in World War II. Stewart, a military flier, flew as command pilot in the lead B-24 on numerous missions deep into Nazi-occupied Europe. Highly decorated, by 1959 Stewart rose to the rank of Brigadier General.
Edwin Booth, one of the most admired actors of the 19th century. Older brother of John Wilkes Booth, he saved Robert Todd Lincoln's life when Lincoln fell on the train tracks at a station in New Jersey at the height of the Civil War. EDWIN BOOTH 1864