10 Celebrities Who Became Politicians

While a politics degree may equip you with the knowledge of political systems and governments, it doesn’t give you the gift of gab and other personal attributes you need to become a suave politician. As unfair as that sounds, the truth is you don’t actually need to attend a single political science class to break into mainstream politics.

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While a politics degree may equip you with the knowledge of political systems and governments, it doesn’t give you the gift of gab and other personal attributes you need to become a suave politician. As unfair as that sounds, the truth is you don’t actually need to attend a single political science class to break into mainstream politics.

1. Wyclef Jean

When a devastating earthquake hit Haiti in January 2010 killing over 200,000 and displacing many more, Wycliffe Jean, a Haiti-born musician, collaborated with several other musicians to record ‘We are the World 25 for Haiti’ a charity single for the survivors. His passion for Haiti would then drive him into politics, declaring his interest in running for the country’s presidency later that year. Although the Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council disqualified him from running for the seat because he didn’t meet residency requirements, Jean still has political blood flowing in his veins.

2. Sonny Bono

The late Sonny Bono was an American recording artist and producer. Together with his wife, Cher, they formed a formidable singing duo called Sonny and Cher. Music aside, Bono entered politics in 1988 as the Mayor of Palm Springs, California. In 1994, he was elected as California’s U.S. House Representative.

3. Cheryl Hall

If you were a teenager in the 1970’s, and you are a Brit, then you may be familiar with Cheryl Hall of the sitcom, Citizen Smith. The actress was for some time a leader of the Labor group and a member of the Kent County Council.

4. Ronald Reagan

Ronald Regan was a successful actor and radio announcer in the 1940’s 50’s and early 60’s. However, he gradually changed his focus to politics and in 1965 he ran and won for the Governorship of California. In 1981, he even won the Presidency and became the 40th President of the United States.

5. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Born in Austria, Schwarzenegger is an actor, bodybuilder and politician. His political career began in 1990 when the then U.S. President George H.W. Bush appointed him as the Chairman of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sport. Although one would argue that as a bodybuilder, Schwarzenegger was professionally qualified for the job, it is common knowledge that presidents make political appointments more often than not! Schwarzenegger would then proceed to run for election as governor of California in 2003 and 2006. He won both elections.

6. George Weah

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George weah may not be well-known in the entertainment industry, but he is very popular among millions of football enthusiasts across the world. A former World Player of the Year (a title also held by greats such as Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho), Weah ventured into politics sometime in 2005 in Liberia- his home country- and ran for president. He gave his opponent a good run but narrowly lost.

7. Clint Eastwood

Many of you know Clint Eastwood as the director of the movie, American Sniper. The producer and director is also an accomplished actor, having appeared in over 100 movies, including sports and romantic dramas. When it comes to politics, Eastwood was elected mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, and he has not failed to live up to his theatric habits. Although he is a registered Republican, the Eastwood has previously endorsed Democrats for office, and he is a supporter of stringent gun control policies.

8. Fred Thompson

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Fred Thompson was a senator of Tennessee from 1994 to 2003. The Republican is also a former radio host and actor. He appeared in the legal drama series, Law & Order.

9. George Murphy

The late George Murphy was an actor, dancer and president of the Screen Actors’ Guild. He is known as the first entertainer to successfully seek and win a political seat. Murphy competently represented the people of California in the Senate between 1964 and 1971, when he was defeated in a reelection attempt.

10. Al Franken

Today, he is a junior United States Senator for Minnesota. Before he joined politics in the late 1990s, Franken worked as a comedian, actor and performer for NBC’s Saturday Night Live show. He last featured in a film in 2011.

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So, if you crave to be a politician, you may want to first try becoming a celebrity. Unlike in the past, today there are platforms like YouTube that can turn you into a celeb overnight. With the popularity that comes with celebrity status, you have better chances of converting your followers into votes! Good luck!

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