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Morgan Freeman, Drew Carey, Hugh Hefner

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Many actors dream of one day playing a brave hero on the big or small screen. For some of Hollywood's shining stars, however, they took that dream a step further by enlisting in the military.

That's right, some of your favorite celebs decided to join the United States military in order to honor, protect and serve our country. 

From award-winning actors like Morgan Freeman and Jeff Bridges to famous personalities like Hugh Hefner, there are many boldfaced names who deserve plenty of thanks and appreciation for their heroic acts. 

On this Veteran's Day, we're shining the spotlight on just a few of these brave stars who served our country before they were famous.