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Iconic Celebrities Who Served The Country & Were In The Military Before Hollywood

Johnny Carson – United States Navy

Johnny Carson served in the Navy during World War II. He joined in 1943 and used to decode encrypted messages after his training at Columbia University and Millsaps College. He eventually got a degree in journalism as part of his plan to become a comedy writer. But then, he changed his mind and decided he wanted to work on the radio. The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson-host would go on to become an icon in the world of entertainment and win six Emmy Awards throughout his career. Carson, a heavy smoker, suffered a severe heart attack in 1999 and passed away from respiratory failure in 2005.

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