List of Celebrities Born on Military Bases ranked by fame and popularity. A military base is a facility owned and operated by one of the branches of the military. Military bases can include residences for individuals who are actively serving, training grounds and health care facilities. Military bases can be located within a home country as well as abroad.
Who is the most famous person who was born on a military base? Bruce Willis tops our list. The “Die Hard” star was born on a U.S. military base in West Germany where his father was serving. At the age of two, Willis and his family relocated to New Jersey. “Jarhead” actor Peter Sarsgaard was born on an Air Force base in Illinois. Other actors who were born on military bases include Julianne Moore, Lou Diamond Phillips and Johnny Galecki.
Senator John McCain was born at the Coco Solo Naval Air Station in the Panama Canal Zone. McCain’s place of birth became a big topic of conversation when he became the Republican Presidential nominee in 2008. Although McCain was not a “natural born” U.S. Citizen, both of his parents were citizens and they were in Panama on an official military assignment. Many people believe that an amendment should be made to the U.S. Constitution to cover future situations like John McCain’s.
Bruce Willis – Idar-Oberstein, West Germany
Bruce Willis was born in Germany where his father was stationed while working as an American soldier.
John McEnroe – Wiesbaden, West Germany
Tennis great John McEnroe was born at a military base in West Germany where his father was serving in the Air Force.
Julianne Moore – Fort Bragg, North Carolina
“Boogie Nights” actress Julianne Moore was born at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. Her father was a paratrooper in the U.S. Army.
John McCain – Coco Solo Naval Air Station, Panama Canal Zone
Senator John McCain comes from a long lineage of military men. He was born on an Air Force base in the Panama Canal Zone.
Jeri Ryan – Munich, West Germany
The “Star Trek: Voyager” actress was born on a base in Munich, West Germany, where her father was a Master Sergeant in the Army. She grew up on many army posts around the U.S.
Martin Lawrence – Frankfurt, West Germany
The Actor and comedian was born to a military father on a base in Frankfurt, Germany, the second of six children.
Peter Sarsgaard – Scott Air Force Base, Illinois
“Boys Don’t Cry” actor Peter Sarsgaard was born at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. His father was an Air Force engineer.
Tia & Tamera Mowry – Coleman Kaserne, West Germany
The twin actors were born on an army base in Gelnhausen, West Germany, while their father was stationed there.
Douglas MacArthur – Arsenal Barracks, Arkansas
Army General Douglas MacArthur was born at the Arsenal Barracks in Little Rock Arkansas.
Lou Diamond Phillips – Subic Bay Naval Station, Philippines
“La Bamba” star Lou Diamond Phillips was born at a U.S. Navel base in the Philippines.
Alexis Texas – Panama
Adult film actress Alexis Texas was born on a military base in Panama.
Rob Thomas – Landstuhl, West Germany
Singer Rob Thomas was born at an Army hospital in West Germany. Both of his parents were members of the U.S. Army.
Sapphire – Fort Ord, California
The author of “Push,” which was adapted into the award winning film “Precious,” was born on an Army base near Monterey Bay, CA, where both her parents served.
Charles Mingus – Camp Little, Arizona
Jazz bassist Charlie Mingus was born at a U.S. Army base in Arizona.
Ray Allen – Castle Air Force Base, California
Basketball player Ray Allen was born at Castle Air Force Base in California.
Meredith MacRae – Houston, TX
Actress Meredith MacRae was born on a military base in Texas.
Rachel Smith – Panama
Miss USA 2007 Rachel Smith was born on a U.S. Army base in Panama.
Hallee Hirsh – Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska
“You’ve Got Mail” actress Hallee Hirsh was born on an Air Force base in Nebraska.
Jay Bell – Eglin Air Force Base, Florida
MLB player Jay Bell was born on an Air Force base in Florida.
Amy Ried – Frankfurt, Germany
Adult film actress Amy Ried was born on a military base in Germany.
Jessie James – Vicenza, Italy
Singer/songwriter Jessie James was born on a military base in Italy.
J. Cole – Frankfurt, West Germany
The hip-hop artist was born Jermaine Lamarr Cole in the 97th General Hospital at an Army base in Frankfurst, West Germany.