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Birthday: February 6, 1911
Place: Tampico, Illinois, USA
Height: 6' 1"
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| It is a fairly safe assumption that if not for a career change which, ironically enough, took him out of the motion picture industry, Ronald Reagan would not rank among Hollywood's best-known stars; a genial if not highly skilled actor, he made few memorable films, and even then he rarely left much of a lasting impression. Of course, in 1980 Reagan became the President of the United States, and with his political ascendancy came a flurry of new interest in his film career. His acting work — especially the infamous Bedtime for Bonzo — became the subject of much discussion, the majority of it highly satirical. Still, there is no denying that he enjoyed a long and prolific movie career. Moreover, he remains among the first and most famous actors to make the move into politics, a trend which grew more and more prevalent in the wake of his rise to power.Born February 6, 1911, in Tampico, IL, Ronald Wilson Reagan began his acting career while studying economics at Eureka College. He broke into show business as a sportscaster at a Des Moines, IA, radio station, and from there assumed the position of play-by-play announcer for the Chicago Cubs. By the mid-'30s, he relocated to Hollywood, signing with Warner Bros. in 1937 and making his screen debut later that year in Love Is on the Air. Reagan made over a dozen more films over the course of the next two years, almost all of them B-movies. In 1939, however, he won a prominent role in the Bette Davis tearjerker Dark Victory, a performance which greatly increased his visibility throughout the Hollywood community. It helped him win his most famous role, as the ill-fated Notre Dame football hero George Gipp in the 1940 film biography Knute Rockne: All American. At the film's climax he delivered the immortal line "Win one for the Gipper!," an oft-quoted catchphrase throughout his White House tenure.In 1940, Reagan married actress Jane Wyman, with whom he had two children. The following year, he co-starred in Sam Wood's acclaimed Kings Row, arguably his most accomplished picture. During World War II, he served as a non-combative captain in the Army Air Corps, producing a number of training films. Upon returning to Hollywood in 1947, he began a five-year term as president of the Screen Actors Guild, a position he again assumed in 1959. It was during this period that Reagan, long a prominent liberal voice in Hollywood politics, became embroiled in McCarthy-era battles over communism in the film industry, and gradually his views shifted from the left to the right. He also continued appearing in films and in 1950 co-starred in the well-received melodrama The Hasty Heart. A year later, Reagan accepted perhaps his most notorious role, in Bedtime for Bonzo, in which he portrayed a college professor who befriends his test subject, a chimpanzee; throughout his political career, the picture was the butt of a never-ending series of jokes. During the 1950s, Reagan freelanced among a variety of studios. Still, his film career began to wane, and in 1954 he began an eight-year stint as the host of the television series General Electric Theater. Among Reagan's final film appearances was 1957's Hellcats of the Navy, where he appeared with actress Nancy Davis, his second wife. He did not make another film prior to narrating 1961's The Young Doctors, and with 1964's remake of The Killers, he effectively ended his performing career. That same year he entered politics, actively campaigning for Republican Presidential candidate Barry Goldwater. In 1966, Reagan was elected Governor of California, and over the course of his eight-year gubernatorial stint emerged as one of the Republican party's most powerful and well-recognized voices. In 1976, Reagan ran against Gerald Ford in the Republican Presidential primary, but was unsuccessful; four years later, however, he defeated Jimmy Carter to become the nation's 40th President. The rest, as they say, is history.
- Father of Ron Reagan and Patti Davis with Nancy Davis.
- William Holden was the best man at his wedding to Nancy Davis in 1952.
- 40th president of the United States (1981-1989).
- Elected governor of California in 1966 and re-elected in 1970.
- President of the Screen Actors Guild from 1947 to 1952 and 1959-1960.
- Graduate of Eureka College (1932).
- Son of John Edward Reagan and Nelle Clyde Wilson Reagan.
- Was a sports announcer in Des Moines, IA before becoming an actor in 1937.
- Member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity.
- President of Screen Actors Guild (SAG). [1947-1952]
- Was presented with George Gipp's letterman's sweater by the University of Notre Dame football team on January 18, 1989, two days before leaving the White House.
- Was portrayed on "Saturday Night Live" (1975) by seven different actors: Chevy Chase, Randy Quaid, Charles Rocket, Harry Shearer, Robin Williams, Joe Piscopo, and Phil Hartman.
- Father of Maureen Reagan and Michael Reagan with Jane Wyman.
- Daughter, with first wife - actress Jane Wyman - Maureen Reagan dies of malignant melanoma (skin cancer) at her Sacramento-area home. [8 August 2001]
- Brother of Neil Reagan (1908-1996).
- When he was a young man, he had a part-time job as a lifeguard. He once had to retrieve an old man's dentures at the bottom of the pool and did so without hesitating.
- Became the oldest ex-president in U. S. history, surpassing the previous recordholder, John Adams. [October 11, 2001]
- While President of the USA, his Secret Service codename was "Rawhide".
- Awarded the United States Congressional Gold Medal for ending the "Cold War" against Russia, along with his wife Nancy Davis, for fighting substance abuse among American youths. [May 16th 2002]
- When Reagan's long-time friend and first Hollywood agent, studio mogul Lew Wasserman, died on 3 June 2002, AP reported that their friendship was the subject of a controversial book called "Dark Victory: Ronald Reagan, MCA and the Mob" (1988). The book reviewed the federal investgation into the Reagan- Wasserman relationship and charges that alleged payoffs were made in the 1950s by Wasserman's mammoth MCA agency to Reagan and some of his fellow officers of the Screen Actors Guild. Ultimately, Reagan was cleared in the inquiry.
- Because of his battle with Alzheimer's disease, he was unaware that his daughter Maureen had died. (Wife Nancy understandably chose not to tell him.)
- Was the first guest of honor on the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts, in 1973.
- Although he was 30 when the U.S. entered World War II, he volunteered for military service. He was turned down for combat duty due to his poor eyesight.
- For two weeks in 1954, Reagan opened as a stand-up comic at the Ramona Room of the Hotel Last Frontier in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1989.
- On Tuesday, March 14, 1972, during his second term as governor of the Golden State, expunged the criminal record of Merle Haggard, granting him a full pardon.
- Influenced by the Martin Scorsese film Taxi Driver (1976), John Hinckley - the son of a prominent Republican family from Colorado - tried to assassinate Reagan in 1981 in order to impress actress Jodie Foster. Foster had won her first Oscar nomination for the film, in which Robert De Niro's eponymous character, Travis Bickle, tried to assassinate a liberal Democratic presidential candidate to impress Betsy (Cybill Shepherd), the woman he is obsessed with. Hinckley was acquitted by a jury on reasons of insanity and remains incarcerated in a psychiatric facility 25 years after committing the crime.
- He was the first president to beat the "zero factor". Before him every president elected in a year ending in zero (beginning with 1840) had died in office.
- Originally was a very liberal member of the Democratic Party, but eventually converted to the Republican Party in 1962, when he was fifty-one. He gave a highly acclaimed speech in support of Barry Goldwater during the 1964 Presidential election.
- Longest living President of the United States. Died at age 93 (no other President has reached that age).
- Amidst the panic at the hospital after Reagan's assassination attempt, a Secret Service agent was asked information for Reagan's admission forms. The intern asked for Reagan's last name. The agent, who was quite surprised at the question, responded "Reagan." The intern then asked for Reagan's first name. The agent, again surprised, responded "Ronald." The intern didn't look up, instead he unassumingly asked for Reagan's address. The agent paused for a few moments in great surprise before saying "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue." That got the intern's attention.
- Became the first president to have a state funeral in Washington, D.C. since Lyndon Johnson in 1973.
- Had a photographic memory.
- In 1978, after having served as governor of California but before running for President, Reagan came out against The Briggs Initiative, a ballot initiative introduced by a right-wing Republican state senator named John Briggs, which would have made it illegal for homosexuals to be employed as teachers in the California school system. Reagan strongly and vocally opposed the measure, saying that it infringed upon basic human rights and bordered on being unconstitutional. He is largely credited for turning public opinion against the measure, and it was defeated in the election.
- He never actually broadcast Cubs games, he re-created them from telegraph reports while working for Des Moines radio station WHO in the 1930s. He demonstrated the technique of making it sound like he was actually at the games to Cubs broadcaster Harry Carey when he made a guest appearance during part of a Cubs telecast in the 1980s.
- Turned down a guest appearance on "Simpsons, The" (1989)_ .
- In the film American Beauty (1999), the Fitts family (Chris Cooper, Allison Janney and Wes Bentley) can be seen watching an old Army film with Reagan in it.
- Played Chicago Cubs hurler Grover Cleveland Alexander in the film The Winning Team (1952). He also served a brief stint as a broadcaster for WGN Radio, which broadcast Cubs baseball games.
- A month after his death, items from the 40th president's funeral, burial and weeklong public viewing were selling fast on the online auction site eBay. The company has sold 780 pieces of Reagan funeral memorabilia since June 11 2004 for a total of ,000. The items range from programs (sold for up to ,525 each) from the interment at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley to gratitude cards given to mourners who visited his casket.
- Pictured on a 60¢ memorial postage stamp issued by the Republic of the Marshall Islands 4 July 2004. the first memorial to be issued in his honor.
- The first President since Dwight D. Eisenhower to serve two full terms in office.
- The former President was buried at his presidential library in Simi Valley, California.
- Only US President to have appeared in a shirt advertisement.
- Pictured on a USA 37¢ commemorative stamp issued 9 February 2005.
- He was the first former American president to die in the 21st Century
- Rumoured studio publicity claimed he was scheduled to play Rick Blaine in Casablanca (1942), however this was never the case.
- His first bid for the Presidency was actually in 1968, when he finished third in the balloting at the GOP national convention behind 'Richard Nixon and Nelson Rockefeller. As the Constitution, in practical terms, forbids the president and vice president from being from the same state (a rule that binds the electoral college), Reagan was not considered for the vice presidency when Spiro Agnew resigned in 1973. Besides, though Reagan supported his fellow California Nixon for president, the two were never close. In 1976, he challenged incumbent Gerald Ford - the man whom Nixon appointed Vice President to replace Agnew - for the Republican nomination, won several primaries, but narrowly lost the nomination at the convention. Though Ford confided in people he was considering a run for the presidency in 1980 to forestall Reagan's ascendancy, he never did, and Reagan won the nomination and the presidency.
- Received more electoral votes than any other president in history, winning by 525 (out of 538) in his 1984 re-election campaign when he racked up 49 of 50 states in beating Jimmy Carter's vice president Walter Mondale.
- Is portrayed by James Brolin in The Reagans (2003) (TV)
- Was considered to be the most conservative U.S. President since Herbert Hoover, though George W. Bush arguably is more conservative.
- He was the only US President (as of 2005) to have been a member of a union (the Screen Actors Guild).
- Member of the Eureka College cheerleading squad.
- His last public appearance was at Richard Nixon's funeral in April 1994.
- Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS)
- 15 June 1989: knighted by Queen Elizabeth - received an honorary British knighthood, Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath. This entitled him to the use of the post-nominal letters GCB, but did not entitle him to be known as "Sir Ronald Reagan".
- During the 1980 Presidential campaign, incumbent President Jimmy Carter publicly criticized Reagan for launching his campaign with a speech on states' rights in Philadelphia, Mississippi, the site of the 1964 murder of three civil rights workers immortalized in the film Mississippi Burning (1988). Carter, a former governor of the Deep South state of Georgia who had run as a racial moderate in 1970, claimed that the phrase 'states' rights' was a 'code word' for segregation, as Southerners opposed to federally mandated segregation claimed that federal intervention into the local laws and mores of their states by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 were unconstitutional abrogations of the rights of their states to police themselves. Reagan, who had used his opposition to state equal housing laws to defeat Governor Edmund G. Brown in 1965, disavowed any racist intent, and the issue was ignored by most voters and pundits. When Carter persisted in trying to portray the affable Reagan as a racist, the strategy boomeranged against the incumbent President and made him seem petty and petulant.
- After his presidency he and Nancy Davis moved to 666 St. Cloud Road in Bel Air, California which Ronald lived in until his death. Nancy had the address changed from 666 to 668 due to the fact 666 is known as the devil's number. The house is down the street from 805 St. Cloud Road, the house used in the TV show "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (1990).
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