Steven Seagal’s recent revelation that he plans on running for governor of Arizona has led us to compile a list of A-list celebrities who turned to politics later in their career.
Generation Y may know Ronald Reagan as the 40th President of the United States of America, but what they don’t know is that he used to be a successful professional actor before turning to politics. He was a star of hit movies such as Dark Victory, Knute Rockne, All American and Kings Row. He even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The man who is known to professional wrestling fans as Jesse “The Body” Ventura – served as the 38th Governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003. At one point in his wrestling career, he was nicknamed “The Governor.” He may have taken that literally.
Sonny Bono was one half of the legendary pop music duo “Sonny & Cher” from 1964 to 1977. After the pair parted ways, he focused on his acting career before jumping into politics in the late 1980s. His entry into politics was accidental and caused by the bureaucratic problems he faced during his attempt to open up a restaurant in Palm Springs, California. After some initial failures, he got himself elected to the US House of Representatives. He also served as the mayor of Palm Springs from 1988-1992.
The Terminator was interested in politics long before he announced his candidacy for Governor of California in 2003. While his career in the movies was an unmitigated hit, his stint in politics was not. By the time he left his office in 2011, he had record low approval ratings of just 23 per cent. He returned to Hollywood a year later with his tail firmly between his legs.
In 1986, the veteran Hollywood actor/producer became the mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, a small town in California. Despite his mayoral duties, the then 56-year-old managed to make “Heartbreak Ridge” and even won a Golden Globe for it.
The man, who made a career out of exposing personal dramas on his tabloid talk show “The Jerry Springer Show,” was elected to the Cincinnati city council in 1971. Three years later, he had to resign from the position after reports emerged that he had hired a prostitute and paid her with a personal check that bounced. He unsuccessfully ran for the governorship of Ohio in 1982 as well.
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