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Do you recognize this friend of many politicians?

Sure does look familiar, doesn't he?

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He should look familiar. Americans spent an awful lot of hours with him, minus much of the hair.

Well, this is one of a number of military photos unearthed by the Smoking Gun, which likes to play games with pictures.

This one is from records in the National Archives belonging to a number of celebrities, largely from their pre-celebrity days. In this case from 1943, long before this former Naval Reservist chatted up so many politicians and other celebrities.

Do you recognize this man? No, it's not Paul Newman, though he's in the photo gallery too.

We'll leave you a hint* down below, along with the.....

...link to TSG's full photo gallery.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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*Photo hint: It's not Ed McMahon.

Link to other TSG photos.

 
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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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