When Paramount refused to fund Hitchcock’s 1960 film, the Master of Suspense bankrolled it himself for just $800k. The result was a financial and artistic success that accounted for more than $60 million in box office receipts. “Psycho” was so popular it was re-released five years later and remains one of his most popular films. A fine example of putting your money where your… shower curtain is.
Old Hollywood Stars That Served In The United States Military | Clark Gable
After his wife Carole Lombard died in a plane crash returning from a War Bond drive, a grief-stricken Gable joined the US Army Air Force and was off the screen for three years, flying combat missions in Europe. He served as a Captain making training films. Also trained as an aerial gunner, he flew 5 combat missions with the 8th Air Force’s 351st Bombardment Group (Heavy) while making his films and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal. Adolf Hitler esteemed the film star above all other actors, and during the war offered a sizable reward to anyone who could capture and return Gable, who was flying combat missions over Germany, unscathed to him.
Old Hollywood Stars That Served In The United States Military | James Stewart
Stewart was in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He flew B-17 and B-24 combat missions, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, France’s Croix de Guerre and 7 Battle Stars. He held the highest active military rank of any actor in history. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps and rose to the rank of colonel; after the War, he continued in the US Air Force Reserve becoming a brigadier general (1- star).