Election 2012: 12 Celebrities Who Went Into Politics (GALLERY)
It all started with a movie star who first won office as president of the Screen Actors Guild, then parlayed that experience into public office in California and then Washington, D.C. No, not Ronald Reagan. It was George Murphy, who became a U.S. senator from California in 1965, two years before future president Reagan became governor of California.
Since then, several actors have discovered that there's a revolving door between Hollywood and Washington, one that involves more than just being a donor or an activist.
Interestingly, most actors-turned-politicians are Republicans. Maybe they just find Washington more hospitable than overwhelmingly liberal Hollywood.