Unlike a lot of the celluloid heroes and heroines we profile, Ed Kemmer is the real deal. He distinguished himself in 47 missions as a World War II fighter pilot before being shot down and captured. He later escaped from the German prisoner of war camp that served as the inspiration for The Great Escape. In civilian life, he delivered his own daughter in the back seat of a police cruiser that didn't quite make it to the hospital in time. Who better to serve as one of TV's first heroic role models?

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