Stars in the Corps: Movie Actors in the United States Marines

By Kolb, Charles C. | Journal of American Culture (Malden, MA), Winter 1999 | Go to article overview

Stars in the Corps: Movie Actors in the United States Marines


Kolb, Charles C., Journal of American Culture (Malden, MA)


Stars in the Corps: Movie Actors in the United States Marines. James E. Wise, Jr., and Anne Collier Rehill. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1999. x + 246 pp., bibliography, photographs, and index.

This unique, well-written, and fascinating volume is a companion to Wise and Rehill's Stars in Blue: Movie Actors in America's Sea Services (1997). Like its predecessor, Stars in the Corps is a valuable resource for scholars and aficionados of motion picture films, military buffs and historians, and students of American popular culture. This volume equals and in several ways surpasses its earlier companion and is itself a valuable reference. The volume contains a preface and introduction, two parts comprising 28 short biographies, four appendices, 101 black-and-- white images, a bibliography, and an index.

Some of the biographies are upbeat and heart warming and others pensive and melancholic. Known to many film fans as actors rather than as Marines are Lee Marvin, Steve McQueen, Tyrone Power, and George C. Scott. Perhaps less well known are Sterling Hayden, Peter Ortiz, Lee Powell, and Tad Van Brunt. There were troubled youths (Hayden, Marvin, and McQueen); Yale scholars (Bradford Dillman and George Roy Hill); Hollywood and Broadway stars before their service (Hayden, Louis Hayward, Powell, and Ty Power); OSS-Office of Strategic Services-- operatives (Hayden and Ortiz); combat photographers (Hayward and Bill Lundigan); aviators (Jock Mahoney, Ed McMahon, and Power); and air crew (Brian Keith). Several earned high-school equivalency diplomas in the corps (Gene Hackman and Harvey Keitel), others went to OCS-Officers' Candidate School (Dillman, Dale Dye, Hayden, and Power), or took advantage of the GI Bill for acting school (Dillman, George Peppard, and Robert Ryan). On the negative side, military service resulted in several nervous breakdowns (Hayward and Jonathan Winters), alcoholism (Macdonald Carey, Powell, Power, and Van Brunt), or lung disease and death from smoking (McQueen and John Russell).

The biographies begin with Dale Dye, a Vietnam and Beirut veteran, author of five military novels, and motion picture technical adviser for Oliver Stone, Brian DePalma, and Steven Spielberg, who also appeared in more than 15 films, including Saving Private Ryan. Sterling Hayden (1916-68), an established film star and graduate of the British Commando Training School, was injured and discharged, but enlisted as a boot in 1942, changed his name to John Hamilton, and commanded Yugoslav partisans in guerrilla warfare against the Nazis in the Balkans. Louis Hayward (1909-68), a star of swashbucklers in the 1930s, was a combat cinematographer, filming Academy Award documentary winner With the Marines at Tarawa (1944). Brian Keith was rear gunner in a SBD dive-bomber in missions against the Japanese navy at Rabaul. Lee Marvin (1924-87) enlisted in 1942, served in the Marshall Islands, and was severely wounded in the June 1944 Saipan invasion.

Pierre "Peter" Ortiz (1913-88), the most decorated man to serve in the OSS, spent five years with the French Foreign Legion in the 1930s, rejoined in 1939, was captured by the Germans in North Africa in 1941, became a POW in Austria, escaped through Portugal to the United States, and enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Stars in the Corps: Movie Actors in the United States Marines
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.