A few years ago after I started my masters program I stumbled upon some evidence indicating (not conclusive evidence) that John Wayne actually wanted to join the military. Although he never openly used this excuse he was at the time under contract to republic studios. Republic apparently used their influence with the government to nether draft nor allow John Wayne to Join any branch of the armed services. I was unable to find evidence why Republic was opposed to him entering the service. My own personal perspective is it was possibly related to profits however my perspective cannot be used even as circumstantial evidence. If the above is true? It is a credit to John Wayne not using Republic pictures as his excuse.
There are varied reasons given for John Wayne not serving in WWII, perhaps some apocryphal, for example,
Wayne didn't get off easy, his mentor, John Ford reminded Wayne quite often that he did not serve. During the making of They Were Expendable Ford humilated Wayne over this on the set and Robert Montgo... more
John Wayne was a relatively more youthful 34 when Pearl Harbor was attacked, but I get your point, life is full of ironies.
Alvin York, a conscientious objector of sorts, was one of our most decora... more
Thx Daniel, I remember reading that although Ronald Reagan served in the military he was mostly used for PR purposes including making pro war movies and sometimes involved in media recruitment ads as ... more
The bright side: Some actors, like Jimmy Stewart, fought to get in the military and once in, did their best.
Here's a few who served in the military and related efforts during WWII: https://www... more
Tyrone was a Marine aviator and served in the pacific.
At the age of forty-eight, Dashiell Hammett enlisted as a private in the army. Three years later he was honorably discharged as a sergeant. An... more
Robert Matzen has written excellent books on this subject. MISSION: JIMMY STEWART AND THE FIGHT FOR EUROPE tells how Stewart saw the war coming early and did everything he could to join the military a... more
Excellent. Thanks. Coincidentally, as we speak, Josephine Baker's remains will soon be re-interred at the Pantheon mausoleum in Paris: