In spite of the smear campaign initiated by supporters of President George Bush against him during the 2004 Presidential race, Massachusetts Senator John Kerry was a bonafide Vietnam War hero who won the Silver Star and Bronze Star for heroism as well as three Purple Hearts for wounds received. Kerry showed personal courage (bordering on recklessness) when his Swift boat was ambushed in February 1969 on the Duong Kuo River. Kerry ordered his boat to attack the position, and it was eventually hit by a VC rocket. Kerry personally jumped from the boat and ran down the escaping enemy soldier who had fired the rocket. Kerry killed the man and returned with the rocket launcher.
Wow that was a hell of a politically-biased answer... If we are talking about someone who is living, dont pick a politician for crying out loud!! Pick the 4-5 men that entered the nuclear power station in Japan, after the earthquake, to fix the nuclear-cooling system, at the risk of their own lives, in order to save their people... We may not all know their names, (even though I'm sure you can find them online) but the idea of being "famous" can be conceived in many ways... In my view, that is bravery... And "famous" doesnt, only refer to people who show up on the meida. If this question adresses the past as well, pick the 300 spartans! :)
It's pretty hard to say that the people who entered the reactor are famous, isn't it.
And no matter what your political ideas are, McCain was clearly brave. Can you imagine undergoing what he did? Brett's not saying his politics make him brave. He's saying that he was brave and is famous and you really can't deny that.
Another possible answer would be Pat Tillman. He was brave enough and motivated enough to give up a pro football career to go into the military. He was also morally brave enough to avoid being caricaturized by people who wanted to make him into a super-patriot figure. He showed both physical and moral bravery.
If the person does not have to be currently living, I would point to Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.. Both were men who stood up to cultural tyranny, racial tyranny, and did so in the face of serious danger.
There are a number of examples to choose from, but the first off of the top of my head is Senator John McCain. Besides being a national political figure, longtime Senator and candidate for the Presidency, John McCain also flew jet aircraft into combat during the Vietnam War, and survived years in a North Vietnamese prison camp, enduring horrible conditions and even torture.
While there are certainly other, more recent examples of soldiers who exemplified bravery, McCain is certainly famous and meets the criteria of bravery as well.
*cost of their own lives... *media, *addresses