Stars who served: Celebrities who are military veterans, from World War II to Afghanistan

On Veteran's Day, we recognize all vets across the United States of America -- and today, a surprising number of them are now Hollywood stars.

There are dozens of famous faces who served in the armed forces, especially among the oldest generation. We couldn't possibly name them all -- countless men were drafted before they would later become movie stars -- but we rounded up a few to honor.

That said, not all of Hollywood's vets served in World War II and Korea. Several, in fact, served in just the last few years, including 34-year-old Adam Driver ("Star Wars") and 48-year-old Rob Riggle ("The Daily Show," "21 Jump Street").

Thank you to all the men in the gallery below -- and all of the vets who aren't -- for their service.

Celebrities who served in the U.S. armed forces
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Celebrities who served in the U.S. armed forces
Well before he would become "Star Wars" villain Kylo Ren, Adam Driver served in the Marine Corps. He joined not long after Sept. 11, 2001. He has said that post-service, while studying drama at Juilliard, he had difficulty relating to other students and adjusting to a life outside the Marines. He now runs the non-profit Arts in the Armed Forces.
Actor-comedian Rob Riggle served in the Marine Corps Reserve for 23 years, during which time he was sent to Liberia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Albania and became the rank of lieutenant colonel. By the time he retired in 2013, he had been awarded a slew of military achievement medals. Notably, he served even while starring on "SNL" and "The Daily Show."
Drew Carey enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1981 and served for six years.
Ice-T joined the army in 1977, where he served for more than two years in the 25th Infrantry Division. In 1979 he was honorably discharged because he was a single father.
After leaving college, "U Can't Touch This" rapper MC Hammer served in the U.S. Navy for three years before he was honorably discharged.
Morgan Freeman served in the Air Force starting in 1955, spending four years there and ultimately rising to the rank of Airman 1st Class.
Singer Shaggy enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1988 and served during the Persian Gulf War. He achieved the rank of lance corporal.
Before he would become one of the country's most beloved filmmakers, Mel Brooks served in the army as a corporal, where he defused land mines during World War II.
Johnny Carson joined the U.S. Navy in June of 1943. He was en route to the combat zone on a ship when the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki ended World War II in 1945.
Willie Nelson joined the Air Force in 1950, serving for about nine months.
James Earl Jones was commissioned after the end of the Korean War. He became a first lieutenant.
"It's A Wonderful Life" star Jimmy Stewart had an extensive military career, and was already famous by the time he joined the armed forces. A talented flier, he became a war pilot before he was drafted in 1940. Initially rejected because he didn't weigh enough, Stewart beefed up before successfully enlisting and continued to serve well beyond the end of World War II.
Bob Newhart was drafted into the army and served during the Korean War.
Comedian Sinbad served in the Air Force while simultaneously perfecting his stand-up routines, he has said.
Sidney Poitier enlisted in the army during World War II and briefly served as a hospital attendant.
Tony Bennett was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1944 during the final leg of World War II. He was in active combat through the end of the war and was involved in the liberation of a Nazi concentration camp.
Playboy founder Hugh Hefner served in the army from 1944 to 1946 as a writer for a military newspaper.

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