Rob Riggle is known for his roles in “The Hangover,” “Step Brothers,” “Dumb & & Dumber,” and numerous of other characters in motion pictures and TV shows.But before

the 47-year-old made his mark in Hollywood, Riggle served in the Marine Corps for 23 years.

“All that time in the Militaries absolutely made me all set [for Hollywood],” Riggle informed Fox News.The star

invested 9 years in active duty followed by 14 in the reserves.

“Coming from the Marine Corps, you absolutely get a thick skin, you certainly discover how to deal with misfortune and you definitely discover how to conquer things,” he said.Riggle added

, “If you’re going to prepare on having a life in Hollywood, you better get used to misfortune, you better get utilized to being spoken to in an extremely direct way and you better get used to selecting yourself up and dusting yourself off.Riggle, who

recently partnered with Holiday Inn Express’Readiest project, told us his time in the Militaries and his success in Hollywood has made him happy to be an American.

” [America provides you] a possibility to pursue whatever dream you might have,” Riggle said. “I wished to serve my country, so I did. That was one dream satisfied. I desired to pursue comedy and acting. I did, that’s another dream satisfied. I wished to have a house and kids, those are other dreams I had [and] I did that.”

Riggle stated, “You can pursue your dreams if you have actually got the aspiration and the drive and decision, you can do whatever you desire in this country.”

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Rob Riggle poses at a press line for “Let’s Be Police officers” throughout the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention in San Diego, California July 25, 2014. (Reuters)