10 Stars Who Went Into Politics

They left glitz and glamor for lawmaking and the like

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 1, 2014 1:50 PM CST

(Newser) – What to do after you tire of walking red carpets and posing for magazine covers? Shake hands and kiss babies, at least for these 19 stars-turned-politicians rounded up by Fox News. Click through the gallery for a sampling or check out the full list here.

Shirley Temple (later Shirley Temple Black) ended up becoming a a US diplomat, ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia, and Chief of Protocol of the US.   (AP Photo, File)
Alan Autry (behind Arnold Schwarzenegger) was a quarterback, then an actor, then became mayor of Fresno.   (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)
Sean Duffy went from "Real World: Boston" to a seat in Wisconsin's 7th Congressional district.   (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg, File)
Ben Jones, aka "Cooter" from The Dukes of Hazzard, was a Georgia congressman from 1989 to 1993.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber, file)
Salsa singer Ruben Blades served as Panama's tourism minister from 2004-2009.   (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file)
"Love Boat" star Fred Grandy was a congressman in Iowa from 1987 to 1995.   (AP Photo/John Duricka, File)
"Law & Order" star Fred Thompson a Republican senator in Tennessee from 1994 to 2003.   (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Clint Eastwood was mayor of Carmel, California, in 1986, but just for one term.   (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, file)
"Saturday Night Live" star Al Franken became a Minnesota senator in 2009.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Speaking of Minnesota, Jesse Ventura was governor from 1999 to 2003.   (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
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