Well, perhaps this covers a few of them: Steve McQueen? - 4 years in the USMC with one citation - "He saved the lives of five other Marines during an Arctic exercise, pulling them from a tank before it broke through ice into the sea.” Paul Newman? USN in World War II, and saw action and engaged the enemy in VT Torpedo Squadrons as amongst other things, a turret-gunner and radio-gunner. Jim Garner, also served in WWII in the Merchant Marine, then joined the California Army National Guard, seed in the Korea War, and earned a couple of Purple Hearts, one as a result of friendly fire. Gene Hackman? Also a marine, having served in China during the Communist Revolution. However I think the article is talking about "Hollywood Heroes". Each of the folks on the list played a "make believe Hollywood Hero" in the movies or TV. Really. And a few of them actually fit the definition or real-life heroes from 20Bullit19: "A hero is some[sic] who would, or did give his life to save another." Just sayin'
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In the 90s I sometimes shared trailer and pit space at Willow Springs with Marsha Mason. She was really impressive on the SCCA GT3 circuit and if I recall correctly raced for 6 or 7 years, in an competitive RX7. Golden Globe awards, Oscar nominations, and some checkered flags! I think she qualifies.
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