Take Donnie Dunagan, for example. Donnie was the voice of Bambi . . . but later in life, he was so much more. Remember this story the next time you call Bambi a pansy.
WHO HE SECRETLY WAS: While you’re at it, you might as well also note that Donnie Dunagan not only a successful child actor, but also one of the hardest human beings ever recorded on film. We say this in full confidence because young Dunagan joined the Marine Corps in 1952 at 18, and he stood with them all the way up to and including the Vietnam War. According to the Houston Chronicle, Dunagan became the youngest person ever to become a Marine drill instructor.
Dunagan served 15 years in the Marines, eventually retiring a Major. His decorations include a Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts. What were his injuries? Glad you asked! According to the man himself, he suffered some pretty serious gunfire during the Tet offensive. His injuries: “Back of the head, left side. Stomach. Left lung with minor penetration of the right lung. Left leg. Scrotum sack — still functional, though.”
It’s nice to know that Bambi can kill you five times before you hit the ground.