Notable roles: The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (CBS, 1971-1974), The Sonny & Cher Show (1976-1977), Airplane II: The Sequel (1982), Hairspray (1988)
Political position: Mayor of Palm Springs, California (1988-1992), U.S. Representative, California (1995-1998)
It’s easy to forget that Sonny Bono was more than just Cher's hubbie. Amongst many other pursuits, Bono settled into a solid political career after his days as a mustachioed variety act were over. As the former mayor of Palm Springs and a U.S. Republican representative from California, Bono was one of the rare celebrities that didn’t use his political platform to further his own fame. He entered politics after he grew frustrated with government bureaucracy standing in the way of him opening an Italian restaurant.
As most of California's celebrities flaunt their liberal love from the Hollywood Hills, Bono actually went to work for his country. Unfortunately his career was cut short when he died due to injuries sustained during a skiing accident. Coincidentally, that accident took place a week after Michael Kennedy, the son of Robert F. Kennedy, died in the same exact way.