Aside from maybe Jesus, famed painter Bob Ross was pretty much the nicest person who ever lived. Continue Reading Below Advertisement When we said he was nice, we fucking meant it. He was always smiling, always full of positive reinforcement for any viewers trying to paint along. His voice never rose above that of a gentle lullaby, everything he did on the show was for free, and he donated his art to various PBS stations that aired his show, in order to help raise funds.
Oh, and he bottle-fed orphaned baby animals, on the air. The man was, for all intents and purposes, a saint. As it turns out, there was a very good reason he was so mellow: He spent 20 years screaming his lungs out, as a first sergeant for the United States Air Force He was said to be "the guy who makes you scrub the latrine, the guy who makes you make your bed, the guy who screams at you for being late to work.
The sweetest, kindest, most lovable character on TV this side of Mister Rogers spent half his life cosplaying as Sgt. PBS "And maybe down in these trees, Charlie is hiding out, ready to gut you like a carp. Ross back in those days, and the man percent liked it that way. He had said that the reason he ultimately told the military to go screw off was because he was forced to be "a mean, tough person. And I was fed up with it. I promised myself that if I ever got away from it, it wasn't going to be that way anymore.
Soon, he became really good and fast at it and found that he could make more money selling his paintings than yelling at cadets for not having their boots properly spit-shined. He promptly quit the military, vowed to never scream again, and focused solely on breezy paintings and baby animals.
PBS Though that doesn't explain why animals always marched in step behind him. Continue Reading Below Advertisement So there you have it. All those gentle drawings of fluffy clouds and serene landscapes actually stemmed from two decades of rage, anger, and hatred.
But you know what? We think that was all still there, to the very end. If you don't believe us, just remember: The man painted with a goddamned knife. I can make your death look like a happy little accident. The star of It's a Wonderful Life garnered a reputation as a loveable scamp who always tried to do the right thing. Except he did; Jimmy Stewart was an extremely decorated war hero, with a military career spanning three goddamned decades, from to That's right -- before Pearl Harbor made fighting Japan the cool thing to do, Stewart had made history as the first major American actor to join the war effort.
And if you think this was just some PR stunt so he could get some easy street cred with middle America, think again. Every time a bell rings, Jimmy kills another Nazi.
See, Stewart would have had an easy excuse to avoid any actual danger -- he actually failed the Army's height and weight requirements when he tried to enlist. But he was determined to fight for his country and decided to do so as a combat pilot. He swiftly gained 10 pounds, joined the Army Air Corps, and logged more than hours of flight training, just to prove he could do it. Even then, he had to constantly fight to get anything but an instructor or desk job, both due to his age he was in his 30s and his superiors not wanting to risk a beloved celebrity getting blown to bits on their watch.
But he kept pushing and eventually was deployed to active duty over England. He quickly established himself as his squadron's leader, due to equal parts bravado, expertise, and conveniently having more Oscars than anyone in the room.
Continue Reading Below Advertisement Stewart led many bombing runs on Nazi factories and military production centers and led a squadron of bombers in the Battle of Berlin, which would later be referred to as "Black Thursday," due to the excessive number of American casualties suffered. All of this led to an impressive chest of medals by the time he was mustered out of active duty in , due to the war ending and him being damn near No, he remained in the Air Force Reserve for an additional 22 years, worked on a military base during the Korean War, and even flew a non-combat mission in Vietnam.
By the time Stewart finally retired, he had reached the rank of Brigadier one-star General. Ironically, he only appeared in a couple of war movies The Mountain Road and Malaya as he claimed they were "almost never realistic. After conquering the military for real, merely pretending to do so would've been too damn boring. Steve Buscemi is the go-to actor for when you need a whiny, loudmouthed schnook who always gets his muscular friends to do his fighting for him. He's usually cast as one of two things: Neither role requires he be a physically intimidating man, only a slightly unhinged one.
In short, not badass at all, right? As it turns out, Steve Buscemi isn't snarky, unhinged, or whiny. He had the skills for it. Where many actors will wait tables, work as studio go-fers, or perform one of a hundred other degrading jobs while waiting for their big break, Buscemi took the less-traditional route of becoming a New York City firefighter. He did that until , when he started getting gigs that didn't involve running into gigantic open flames on the regular.
But he never forgot his roots, and this was never more evident than on September 11, Continue Reading Below Advertisement Many celebrities "helped" after the terrorist attacks by organizing fundraisers, handing out water and coffee, or recording horrible music that was no less horrible just because it was "for the heroes. Right alongside the decidedly non-famous crew of FDNY Engine 55, he busted ass for up to 12 hours at a time, shoveling out debris and rubble and pulling survivors out of the wreckage.
Countless people who might otherwise have perished can now say, without hyperbole, that Mr. Pink saved their lives. They later repaid the favor by being literally the only people to go see Burt Wonderstone. Continue Reading Below Continue Reading Below Advertisement There's a real good chance you didn't hear about this in the aftermath of the attacks, but it's not because the media ignored it.
Rather, Buscemi wanted us to ignore it. He refused to talk about it in interviews, simply saying , "these are my brothers. That's why there are only a couple of pictures of Buscemi hard at work; here, he's the dapper chap in the upper-left corner.
Buscemi showed up with a bunch of other firefighters to protest this decision, with the entire group ultimately arrested for their efforts.
He continues to support firefighters and their struggles to this day , proving that he only acts because he's too old to work his dream job any longer.