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From show biz to the campaign trail: unconventional politicians - Sort by:
From show biz to the campaign trail: unconventional politicians
Movie stars, wrestlers, musicians and comedians who took unconventional career paths to politics.
UKRAINE-ELECTION/ZELENSKIY-REAX
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21 Apr. 2019
Volodymyr Zelenskiy played a president on popular Ukrainian... more
UKRAINE-ELECTION/ZELENSKIY-REAX
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21 Apr. 2019
Kiev, Ukraine
Volodymyr Zelenskiy played a president on popular Ukrainian TV series "Servant of the People" before he dramatically upended the status quo and won the country's presidential election by a landslide this week. Eschewing traditional rallies, his campaign relied heavily on quirky social media posts to his millions of online followers, jokey posters, comedy gigs and winking allusions to the fictional president he portrays on screen.

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USA-TRUMP/
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23 Feb. 2017
Before being elected U.S. president in 2016, Donald... more
ECONOMY-CALIFORNIA/
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14 May. 2010
Bodybuilder and action movie superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger... more
NEW YORK-GOVERNOR/
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18 Jul. 2018
Actress and liberal activist Cynthia Nixon, who starred... more
USA-HEALTHCARE/AZAR
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29 Nov. 2017
First a writer and performer on Saturday Night Live... more
ITALY-POLITICS/5STAR
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21 Oct. 2018
Comedian Beppe Grillo satirized the corruption of Italian... more
VENTURA
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23 Aug. 1999
WWF wrestler Jesse Ventura started in politics in 1990... more
USA-CAMPAIGN/
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31 Aug. 2012
Actor Clint Eastwood was elected mayor of Carmel, California,... more
GUATEMALA-POLITICS/
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6 Sep. 2018
Comic actor Jimmy Morales rose to fame in Guatemala... more
HAITI/
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5 Aug. 2010
Haitian-American hip-hop star Wyclef Jean registered... more
PAKISTAN-ELECTION/
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25 Jul. 2018
Cricket star Imran Khan was elected Pakistan's prime... more
USA-ENTERTAINMENT/
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16 Dec. 2014
Actress Stacey Dash, best known for her role in the... more
USA-CAMPAIGN/
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5 Sep. 2012
Actor Kal Penn served off and on in U.S. President... more
BLACK
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30 Jan. 2006
Child actress Shirley Temple Black ran unsuccessfully... more
USA-POLITICS/CONSERVATIVES
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23 Feb. 2018
Linda McMahon, former World Wrestling Entertainment... more
BONO
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6 Jan. 1998
One half of singing team Sonny and Cher, Sonny Bono... more
USA-NORTH CAROLINA/AIKEN
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7 May. 2014
Singer and former American Idol contestant Clay Aiken... more
EMMYS/
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15 Jun. 2007
Before he became a television personality, Jerry Springer... more
PHILIPPINES/
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26 Jul. 2010
World boxing champion Manny Pacquiao was elected to... more
USA-WOMEN/SUMMIT
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12 Apr. 2019
Award-winning British actress Glenda Jackson began... more
USA-POLITICS/
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3 Sep. 2008
Best known for his role on Law & Order, Fred Thompson... more
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