Six Famous People You Didn't Know Were Dentists
While we may know these people as athletes, actors or historical figures, there's one thing that connects them all: they're dentists! You might not have known it, but these people all worked on teeth at some point in their lives.
Paul Revere (1735-1818)
The man who warned the American troops that the British were coming practiced a number of trades to make ends meet, including dentistry, which he learned from a surgeon who was boarding at the house of a friend.
Doc Holliday (1851-1887)
James "Doc" Holliday might be best known as a gunslinger, gambler and outlaw, but before taking on the Wild West he graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery and practiced dentistry in Atlanta, Georgia.
Zane Grey (1872-1939)
Pearl Zane Grey was an extremely successful novelist whose work helped define the Western genre and influences books and movies and TV shows to this day. He studied dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania, and as he was starting his literary career, he set up a dental practice in New York to be close to publishers.
Edgar Buchanan (1903-1979)
Edgar Buchanan earned his degree in dentistry from the North Pacific College School of Dentistry, where he met his wife. The two of them and their son moved to Altadena, California and set up a practice. It was there that Edgar began acting professionally. He is best known for his character Uncle Joe Carson, who appeared in Petticoat Junction, Green Acres and The Beverly Hillbillies.
Bill Osmanski (1915-1996)
Osmanski's time as a fullback for the Holy Cross football team earned him a place in the College Football Hall of Fame. After college he played for the Chicago Bears, during which he earned a degree in dentistry from Northwestern University. After the Bears he coached Holy Cross football for two years, then left football to start a dental practice in Chicago.
Dallas Long (1940- )
As a track and field star, Dallas Long set six world records in shot put and won a gold medal in the 1964 Summer Olympics on Tokyo. When he retired from competition, he became a dentist and physician specializing in emergency medicine.
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