Gene Hackman – US Marines
While many popular actors take satisfaction in their time as soldiers, Gene Hackman wasn’t too thrilled about joining the US Marines back in 1946. His father had left the family and his mother struggled with alcohol abuse. Hackman wanted to leave home, so he lied about his age and become a US Marine.
In 1947, he was transferred to China, where he often served as a radio operator. He was later sent to Hawaii, but as he insisted, he got demoted three times since he had issues negotiating with power and discipline. Sounds like a perfect actor!