Actors entertainers to politicians - Many politicians have come from a celebrity background. The most recent are Carl Lewis Senate bid in New Jersey and Luther Campbell of the 2 Live Crew quest to be Mayor.
These two celebrities throwing their hat into the political right got us to thinking. What famous celebrities have made the transition from star to politician?
Actors entertainers to politicians
Below is a short list of people we remember in the celebrity world of music, acting, or sports before they became politicians. If you remember a few that are not in the list below, please feel free to add some additions either in the comment section or the discussion forum.
Here is my list below:
A discussion about actors or celebrities you have been successful in politics wouldn’t be complete without Regan. Although Ronald Reagan filmography doesn’t stand out to many people today, his legacy as a president is secured.
Ronald Reagan assassination attempt couldn’t dampen his spirit or resolve. He pressed on and gave birth to the conservative movement. Ronald Reagan is the leader conservative movement in this country and millions love him for it.
The Arnold was in the celebrity spotlight a lot before entering politics. Remember he was a world class bodybuilder, then an action hero star on the silver screen before becoming the Governor of California. He was a two term governor and leaves a legacy of the Arnold Schwarzenegger global warming law in the state.
Today, he has retired from being governor, but looks like he is about to retire from being a husband. Arnold is married to Maria Shriver Kennedy, but it seems after 25 years of marriage they are throwing in the towel.
Before politics, there was Jesse “The Body” Ventura, a professional wrestler, Jesse Ventura Navy veteran, and as a result Jesse Ventura Harvard professor. The man has been busy over the course of his lifetime.
Surprisingly for what we think of Jesse Ventura, Ron Paul would be his choice for President if he ever decided to run as a VP. Could you imagine the Predator next to Ron Paul on the campaign trail?
After a 17 year pitching career in Major League Baseball, an invitation to the Hall of Fame, Bunning got into politics. Bunning wasn’t like many of the politicians on this list. He worked his way up the ranks.
He was first elected to Fort Thomas, KY, city council, next was the House of Reps, then the Senate. . Jim Bunning unemployment extension made bit news.
Beanball Bunning was his nickname. And yes, there was a Jim Bunning perfect game thrown during his career.
It is important to remember, celebrities are people just like you and I. Whomever gets the desire can and should run for political office. If you feel like you have better answers to the complex problems of the country, you should at least throw your hat into the political ring. It doesn’t matter if you are a celebrity or not. - From Celebrity to Politician