20 people you didn't know were United States Marines

Celebrities That Served in the Military

As the Marine Corps celebrates its 240th birthday on Tuesday, here's a look at 20 famous people you likely never knew were Marines.

The Marine Corps bills itself as a career-building experience, and we've found lots of successful people who confirm this.

You probably had no idea that these men served, but you know their other work.

Celebrities who were also in the Marines (Business Insider text)
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20 people you didn't know were United States Marines

Montel Williams

Montel Williams joined the Marines and went to boot camp at Parris Island, South Carolina right after high school. He was groomed for leadership and sent to the Naval Academy Preparatory School and went to the Naval Academy. Williams spent several years aboard submarines and working in the intelligence sphere. 

He started the successful talk show The Montel Williams Show  in 1991. 

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Rob Riggle

Daily Show Corespondent Rob Riggle served in Kosovo, Liberia and Afghanistan

Rob Riggle is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve. He's a public affairs officer with the NYC unit, and has received the Combat Action ribbon. 

Right now, he's an active comedian, he's been in multiple comedies, and he was a corespondent for the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. 

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Orville Burrell served in Operation Desert Storm before he became rapper Shaggy.

Shaggy -- best known for his 2000 hit single "It Wasn't Me" -- is originally from Kingston, Jamaica. He joined the Marine Corps as a Field Artillery Cannon Crewmember. 

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Bob Parsons

Self-made businessman Bob Parsons enlisted in the Marines and served as a rifleman in the Delta Company of the 1st Battalion, 26th Marines in the Quang Nam Province of Vietnam. 

He was wounded and spent two months recovering. He received the combat action ribbon, the Vietnam Gallantry Cross, and the Purple Heart. 

He would go on to found GoDaddy.com, a major domain registrar.

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Sandy Alderson

Sandy Alderson served a tour of Duty in Vietnam before attending Harvard Law School. He would go on to mentor Moneyball figure Billy Beane as the General Manager of the Oakland A's. He was a very early believer in sabremetrics, and currently is the GM of the Mets. 

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Steve Wilkos

Steve Wilkos spent nearly a decade in the Marine Corps and spent time in the Chicago Police Department before signing on with Jerry Springer to serve as on-air security. He was given his own show in 2007.

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George C. Scott

George C. Scott served in the Marines from 1945 to 1949. He would go on to play Patton in the film of the same name and a lead role in Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

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Jim Beaver

Jim Beaver spent time in the Marine Corps as a microwave radio relay technician. He joined in 1968 and remained in the Marines until 1971, staying in the reserves until 1976. He played prospector Whitney Ellsworth to much acclaim on HBO drama Deadwood.

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