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The star of Full Metal Jacket received a military promotion after he retired!


It's tough for a movie to portray war well. It's a feeling that can't be captured in words or images, but some directors manage to get pretty close, and make their mark.

Such is the case with Stanley Kubrick's “Full Metal Jacket,” starring real life United States Marine R. Lee Ermey, who managed a promotion even after his career ended.

Ermey was in the Marine Corps for 11 years where he spent time being a drill instructor for troops that spent a couple tours in the Vietnam War.

He rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant but soon retired after sustaining injuries in 1971. In 2002, he was granted an honorary promotion, post-military career, to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant. This made him the first retired military personnel to be promoted in the history of the Marines.

He studied drama thanks to the help of his G.I. Bill benefits where he was given the feature role in Francis Ford Coppola's “Apocalypse Now.” He may have escaped the the military and war, but his experience makes him the perfect actor to lead fake troops into battle.

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Harrison Ford had some pretty crazy jobs before making it big—including working for the rock band The Doors!


We may know Harrison Ford for his many iconic movie roles such as Han Solo, Indiana Jones, and a butt-kicking president aboard Air Force One now, but things were almost very different for him.

He held many odd jobs before making it big and was even a stagehand for the legendary rock group The Doors.

Ford originally traveled to Los Angeles in 1964 to apply for a job doing radio voice overs. Lucky for us, he didn't get it and eventually started doing bit movie roles that required little to no talking for about $150 a week.

Most of the films he appeared in he wasn't even credited for. He ended up on the bottom of the hiring list after offending producer Jerry Tokovsky.

After being fed up with the roles that were offered to him, Ford decided to take up carpentry, teaching himself the tools of the trade. He used this to support his then-wife and two sons, and managed to secure a job helping out as a stagehand for The Doors to make ends meet.

It was the carpentry skill that led him to build cabinets for George Lucas, landing him a role in “American Graffiti.” The rest is history.

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A country singer asked her friends to take care of her kids after escaping death twice and fearing a third accident. She died a week later!


Patsy Cline lived through two nearly fatal accidents, asked her friends to care for her children, because she felt another and final accident would happen soon. A week later she died!

Patsy Cline was born Virginia Patterson Hensley in 1932 and quickly became one of the most influential female vocalists of the 20th century. She was a pioneer in the country music industry and successfully crossed-over to pop music. She was part of the 1960s Nashville sound. She opened the doors for women headline performers in the country music genre.

In 1962 and 1963, Cline began telling close friends including Loretta Lynn, June Carter Cash, and Dottie West that she felt an impending doom and that she wouldn’t live much longer. She began giving away her belongings and writing her will asking for her friends to care for her two children should she pass.

A week before her death, she told a friend “Honey, I’ve had two bad ones (accidents). The third one will either be a charm or it’ll kill me.” A week later after performing at a benefit in Kansas City she flew home to Nashville. The flight crashed in Tennessee and killed her.

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Marlon Brando could rival a competition eater—and even had to sneak in food while on a diet!


Movie icon and classic suave man Marlon Brando had a hankering for food that rivaled only the best competitive eaters in the world.

Even after being put on a diet by his girlfriend, he managed to smuggle in food to counter any healthy habits she would try to instill in him. His eating habits are now known to be legendary.

Brando wasn't the kind to do anything lightly. A single Mallomar or a spoonful of peanut butter was never enough, he needed the entire box or jar to get his fix.

Even around 3 or 4 in morning he would head out to Hollywood's legendary Pink's Hot Dog stand where he could polish off a half-dozen dogs.

In the 1980s his girlfriend insisted on a diet which he followed, at least during the day. Late at night he would hire buddies to throw Burger King Whoppers over the gate at his Mulholland Dr. estate where he would scarf them down in secrecy.

Eventually he ballooned up to be over 350 pounds—which is light considering the crazy snacks and treats he managed to pack away himself!

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Hit musician and grandfather of rock-and-roll almost gave up music to be a hairdresser!


One of the grandfathers of rhythm-and-blues and rock-and-roll almost didn't take his musical talents seriously, depriving us of what we've come to know and love as good music.

Chuck Berry broke racial barriers and delighted ears with his country-western influenced rock in the 50s, 60s and 70s, but at first he just wanted to be a hair dresser.

While still attending high school, Berry was arrested and sent to jail for three years for armed robbery at a Missouri prison for the young.

After his time was up, he returned to St. Louis and resumed a normal life by working at an auto plant, playing music in small nightclubs, and studying to be a hairdresser.

Luckily for music, he lost interest in the art of hair and traveled to Chicago to find a recording contract, where he was picked up be the Chess brothers in 1955.

With that label he recorded his hit “Maybellene” which stayed on the pop charts for 11 weeks, reaching as high as 5th. After that he never had to pick up a comb or scissors to make money again.

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