There’s more actors turned politicians than you might think. Schwarzenegger is probably the first that comes to mind but there’s been a few of them, some more successful than others.

I enjoyed learning about Jesse Ventura’s time as governor of Minnesota. When the state had a budget surplus in 1999 he decided to give all the citizens cheques for $600. They were known as Jesse-checks. Other such nuggets of political history can be found here: