THERE Is a long history of famous actors, TV personalities, athletes and famous businessmen who have entered the political arena, some even made it to the highest office.

Using one’s star status to jumpstart a political career isn’t a bad idea given that celebrities have unique advantages.

Hey, they already enjoy wide public recognition, which is a first step towards winning a political campaign.

Donald Trump

Arnold SchwarzeneggerAustrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz receives actor Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Chancellery in Vienna, Austria, January 28, 2020. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/File Photo

Clint Eastwood

Ronald ReaganJesse VenturaManny Pacquiao
Imran Khan
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks during a joint news conference with Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (not pictured) in Putrajaya, Malaysia, February 4, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng

On the local front, here are notable celebrities and personalities who transitioned into politics, albeit briefly for some.

Dira Abu Zahar
AishahPopular '80s singer Aishah joined PAS in 2011.

Erra FaziraFahmi Fadzil
Herman Tino
Jimmy Palikat