1. Dick Van Dyke
Born December 13, 1925, in West Plains, Missouri, Richard Wayne Van Dyke wanted to do his part for the war effort but was rejected several times for United States Army Air Forces pilot training during World War II due to being underweight. He would eventually be United States Army Air Forces for pilot training during World War II and would go on to entertain the troops.
He would gain early radio success by forming a comedy duo with pantomime performer Phil Erickson called “Eric and Van—the Merry Mutes.” Eventually featuring on local television in the early 50s. By 1959, Van Dyke made his way to Broadway, debuting in The Girls Against the Boys. Just two years later, he would be the lead in Albert Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie, which would win four Tony Awards, with Van Dyke picking up the coveted Best Featured Actor Tony.