From box office to public office: US actors who vinegar in politics

Actor and producer Matthew McConaughey is considering running for the seat of the governor in Texas. It wouldn’t be the first Hollywood heavyweights a use big screen celebrities to launch a political career.

A recent poll suggested that McConaughey has a strong hold support among Texans, at least as far as possible participant in the race. The “Dallas Buyers Club” star could rival both the governor in Greg Abbott charges that with Democratic hope Beto O’Rourke.

RT takes a look at famous politicians who took on Tinseltown before landing in a public office.

Ronald Reagan


The most obvious example is, of sure, the patron saint of American conservatism, Ronald Reagan. Before becoming the 40th president of the United States was twice President of the Guild of Screen Actors.

His reluctant cooperation with the FBI during the witch hunt for Communist sympathizers among fellow actors are probably not so loved by fans like Reaganomics or the USSR’s overwhelming strategic defense initiative.

Reagan the politician had elected as governor of California in 1966 and earned a GOP nomination for the oval office in 1980.

Arnold Schwarzenegger


Action of Austrian origin movie the Arnold Schwarzenegger icon is undoubtedly second to Reagan on the Hollywood-a-politics trekking, and he played for the same political field.

‘The Governor’ was a international celebrity when he entered in politics to win the governorate of California for the GOP in 2003 special call up the elections. He kept the office until 2011.

Schwarzenegger technically returned to his film career later, but he remains a politically blunt type of celebrity and a vocal critic of the current state of his party.

At the Franken


As liberal as one can expect from someone in the US entertainment industry, “Saturday Night Live” and “Trading Places” star Al Franken earned five Emmys before dramatically snatching the seat of a Minnesota senator in 2008.

He held the office until 2018, when it was sunk by sexual misconduct allegations. Many believe it was quite unfair and based on fragile reasons and envy the Democratic Party for running to throw Franken under the bus.

Jesse Ventura


The co-director of Schwarzeneggerstar in “Predator”, Jesse Ventura is a very nonconformist US politician, who does not have an affiliation with or of the two major ones national parties. He cut his public serve your teeth as mayor before you get elected governor of Minnesota in 1998.

Ventura, who has a show on RT, has long been a vocal critic of America’s bipartisan status quo, arguing that forcing voters to choose between “two evils” is a bad proposition. He thought about running for president of the United States in 2020 for the Green Party, but in the end it did not happen.

Helen Gahagan Douglas


Last, but certainly not least, comes pioneering actress turned politician Helen Gahagan Douglas. The opera singer, whose evil on-screen character was the inspiration for the intriguing antagonist in Disney’s “Snow White” was one of the first women in the United States to hold on to national elected office.

Douglas served as the United States representative for California between 1945 and 1951 e also course for the Democrats for a headquarters of the Golden State in the United States Senate. In that campaign, she took a heavy defeat by Richard Nixon, the future president, despite having support from some prominent public digits like Eleanor Roosevelt.

Allegations of being a Communist sympathizer played a major role in the campaign, what happened just while the United States sent troops to intervene in the Korean Civil War.

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