Comedian Drew Carey, better known today as the host of The Price Is Right, is among the many celebrities you might know served in the military. Carey served six years in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, and even continued wearing his Marine crew cut during the early days of his entertainment career.
Carey has also been a longtime supporter of the USO, inspired by his own past in the military.
The Cleveland-born Carey served in the Marine Corps Reserves from 1980 to 1986, reports Military.com.
During that time, Carey realized his talent for making others laugh could make him some money. "While in the Marine Reserves, I was looking for a way to make some more money, and it was suggested that I try using my jokes," Carey once said.
At the start of his career, he was paid about $10 a joke. His work started gaining attention and he landed spots on The Tonight Show and Late Night in the early 1990s.
By 1995, his star power was strong enough that he landed his own sitcom, The Drew Carey Show, which ran from 1995 to 2004. In 1998, he began hosting the U.S. version of Whose Line Is It Anyway?.
"I think if I did not have such a great break, I would still be in the military," Carey said, reports Military.com. "I still wear my hair short and have the glasses.
Also, I enjoyed the regimen and camaraderie. I knew that once I left the Reserves, I would give back to the military, so I teamed up with the USO."