February 26, 2013

Famous People Who started their careers as Dentists

There are some rather interesting famous people who started their careers as dentists.

Did you know that Edgar Buchanan the popular character actor started out as a successful dentist before moving to California in 1939.  He was probably best known for his memorable roles in 1960’s sitcoms like “Petticoat Junction,” “Green Acres,” and “The Beverly Hillbillies.”  Once the acting bug bit him, he left dentistry, but, interestingly enough, his wife actually took over his practice after he retired.

“Doc“ Holliday was known for his friendship with Wyatt Earp and their famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral.  Actually, Doc Holliday was a dentist who was trained in Pennsylvania and developed a booming little practice in Atlanta.  Unfortunately, he contracted tuberculosis and was forced to leave his practice and move out West, where the rest is history.

Mark Spitz was known for his record-breaking 7 gold medals won at the 1972 Olympics in swimming.  What you may not know is that he was actually accepted into dental school earlier, but he decided to pursue his Olympic swimming dreams instead. 

Follow us next week when I’ll continue with another group of people who were dentists before their fame.

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