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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
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.
"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.
Speaking of Minnesota, Jesse Ventura was governor from 1999 to 2003.   (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
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