Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., that is. Yes, the handsome Anglophile actor (handsome even when he was extremely elderly).
Y'know about his other career? WW II U. S. Navy officer -- and father of the Beach Jumpers, a psyops team that would fake landings, diverting enemy resources away from the actual invasion site...and onto themselves!*
To judge from his awards and the Wikipedia article, he wasn't content to be a behind-the-scenes idea man, either.
Sure, he and his father were Hollywood actors; they smoked, drank and had interesting marital histories...but they were something more than that, too.
* The Army had their own version, a corps of artists and fashion designers and sound-effects guys...who would go out and pretend to be a hundred times their number, impersonating officers and spreading disinformation, as close to the other side as they could manage, armed with inflatable tanks, a bulldozer to make track marks, and a great big PA system to make all the right sounds.
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