Ronald Reagan: Movie Star to President of the United States
Reagan had an early career as a radio sports announcer in Iowa before moving to Hollywood and becoming a movie star. In all, he made over 50 films; unfortunately, he got called to stateside-active duty for WWII before he could really enjoy and exploit his star status. While active, he produced hundreds of training videos for soldiers, and after the war he went back to California to rat out the Communists in Hollywood. This guy just loved his country.
Originally a Democrat, the new Republican impressed California politicians with his "A Time for Choosing" speech in support of Barry Goldwater. That landed him the nomination for governor of California, which he won. After two terms as governor, he ran and beat incumbent Jimmy Carter for President of the United States, where he served two full terms. Reagan died in 2004 due to increasingly poor health from Alzheimer's disease.