Ranking the top 5 actors turned politicians
Jul 26, 2012, 8:54 a.m.
Hollywood is a place that's literally bubbling over with politically opinionated folks. But are all movie stars full of hot air?
Taking a look at the following list of politicians who were actors might give you a different opinion about whether or not the Hollywood elite are as unintelligent as they (sometimes) look.
Ronald Reagan -- Love him or hate him, agree with his politics or vehemently disagree, Ronald Reagan is the classic example of someone who showed just how far a driven movie star can go, first becoming Governor of California and later President of the United States.
Clint Eastwood -- Eastwood served as mayor of his adopted hometown of Carmel, California for a single term in 1986, where he championed small business expansion and wildlife and coastal environmental protections.
Fred Grandy -- Better known in the late 70s and early 80s as Gopher in the smash TV hit The Love Boat , Fred Grandy later ran for Congress and was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1987 to 1995.
Al Franken -- Starting out as a writer and performer on Saturday Night Live , Franken was elected Senator for his home state of Minnesota in 2009 after a short lived stint as a radio talk show host for Air America Radio.
Arnold Schwarzenegger -- Earning the nickname, the Governator, the world famous bodybuilder-turned-movie-star parlayed his acclaim into a successful bid for Governor of California. Schwarzenegger served from 2003 to 2011 and, having subsequently returned to the business of Hollywood, now ranks on two improbable lists: former politicians who were actors, and politicians turned actors.
There are also a handful of other politicians turned actors who have found a second career in Tinsel Town, including former presidential candidate Fred Thompson and Ben Stein. Stein wasn't officially a politician, but he was a speech writer for presidents Nixon and Ford.
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