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The Price Is Right host, Drew Carey, Served in The U.S. Marine Corps before gaining popularity on The Drew Carey Show


  1. Corporal Drew Carey Betcha didn’t that Drew Carey served six years in the Marine Corps. Even if you did, here are some other thought-provoking tidbits about the versatile game show host, actor, and comedian.
  2. He doesn’t need those glasses: When you think of Drew Carey, his black horn-rimmed glasses come to mind. But few know they have clear lenses. Back in 2001, he had Lasik surgery to correct his vision and his sees just fine without specs (except occasionally for reading fine print). In fact, if he doesn’t want to be recognized, he often leaves his glasses at home.
  3. He sometimes goes by a secret name: Drew loves sports and is part owner of the Seattle Sounders soccer team (try saying that three times fast). He always wanted to be a photojournalist so he enjoys shooting action shots of the team. He’s been known to distribute his works to wire services under the pseudonym of…Brooks Parkenridge.
  4. It wasn’t always easy: Drew lost his father when he was just eight and felt isolated and depressed for much of his childhood. He credits self-help.
Drew Carey at Price is Right
Drew Carey at Price is Right Wheel
  1. books, his sense of humor and yes, the Marine Corps for turning his life around.
  2. He was no valedictorian: Maybe because of his difficult childhood, he had trouble adjusting to college life. He was expelled twice from Kent State University in Ohio for his academic performance.
  3. He’s a bit conflicted: Drew is a Buddhist. He once said, “It’s weird being a Buddhist and the host of The Price is Right because one of the key things about Buddhism is not to have any attachment to material things.”
  4. He’s generous: After The Drew Carey Show became a hit, producers gave him a new Porsche. When Drew learned a crew member didn’t have a car, he reportedly tossed him the keys to his old Miata. He’s also know known to be one of Hollywood’s biggest tippers. Maybe it’s because he used to wait tables at Denny’s and remembers what it was a like when he had to survive on his tips.

For that, we salute you Corporal Carey.


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