The unlikely politicians

York Dispatch

Donald Trump isn't the first person, and almost certainly won't be the last, to go into politics after making a name for himself in another field.

Some celebrities turned politicians hailed from the world of sports or the silver screen, but most were seen as unlikely candidates for public office.

Here's a list of some celebrities who became successful in politics:

•Ronald Regan, an actor who became Republican governor of California and the 40th president of the United States.

•Sonny Bono of Sonny and Cher fame became a Republican congressman, representing part of California. He was also mayor of Palm Springs.

•Fred Grandy played Gopher on "The Love Boat" and was later elected to Congress, representing part of Iowa as a Republican.

•Al Franken made his name as Stuart Smalley on "Saturday Night Live" but went on to represent Minnesota in the U.S. Senate as a Democrat.

•Jack Kemp threw passes in the NFL before being elected to the U.S. House, representing part of New York state for nearly 20 years. He was also secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President George H.W. Bush

•Arnold Schwarzenegger terminated other candidates at the ballot box when he became governor of California. The Austrian-born Republican was known best for playing the Terminator in films of the same name before entering politics.

•Bill Bradley gained hardwood fame winning the NBA championship with the New York Knicks in 1970 and 1973. He served as a Democratic U.S. senator representing New Jersey for nearly 20 years.

•Jesse "The Body" Ventura left the square circle of the World Wrestling Federation to become a mayor and then governor of Minnesota as a member of the Reform Party.

— Greg Gross