Ronald Reagan


Actor
Ronald Reagan

About

Also Known As
Ronald Wilson Reagan, Lt. Ronald Reagan
Birth Place
Tampico, Illinois, USA
Born
February 06, 1911
Died
June 05, 2004
Cause of Death
Pneumonia

Biography

An affable Midwesterner, Ronald Reagan parlayed his athletic good looks and undeniable charisma into a movie career, but it was on the political stage that he achieved his greatest fame, serving two terms as governor of California and ultimately as the 40th President of the United States. "Dutch" Reagan, born on Feb. 6, 1911, in Tampico, Illinois, began his career as a sportscaster in Io...

Photos & Videos

Kings Row - Movie Poster
The Hasty Heart - Lobby Cards
Kings Row - Publicity Still

Family & Companions

Jane Wyman
Wife
Actor. Born on January 14, 1914; married in 1940; divorced in 1948; co-starred together in four films including "Brother Rat" (1938).
Nancy Reagan
Wife
Actor. Born on July 6, 1921; married on March 4, 1952 in a small ceremony witnessed only by William Holden and his wife Ardis; co-starred with Reagan in "Hellcats of the Navy" (1957).

Bibliography

"A Different Drummer: My 30 Years with Ronald Reagan"
Michael K Deever, HarperCollins (2001)
"I Love You, Ronnie: The Letters of Ronald Regan to Nancy Reagan"
Nancy Reagan and Ronald Reagan, Random House (2000)
"The Reagan Wit: The Humor of the American President"
Bill Adler and Bill Adler Jr, William Morrow (1998)
"A Shining City"
Simon & Schuster (1998)

Notes

In January 2001, Reagan fell and broke his hip.

Inducted to the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Biography

An affable Midwesterner, Ronald Reagan parlayed his athletic good looks and undeniable charisma into a movie career, but it was on the political stage that he achieved his greatest fame, serving two terms as governor of California and ultimately as the 40th President of the United States. "Dutch" Reagan, born on Feb. 6, 1911, in Tampico, Illinois, began his career as a sportscaster in Iowa, broadcasting the games of the Chicago Cubs, before a screen test earned him a contract at Warner Bros. Debuting as a radio announcer in "Love Is on the Air" (1937), he went on to appear in more than 50 films over the next two decades, proving a popular romantic lead in B pictures and a reliable support and/or a hero's stolid pal in the studio's A-list features. Notable roles included George Gipp, Notre Dame's dying football star, in "Knute Rockne--All American" (1940), and a comic turn in "Bedtime for Bonzo" (1951) as a psychology professor who suddenly finds himself in charge of a mischievous chimp. He was also terrific as a compassionate but forceful American soldier in "The Hasty Heart" (1947). After serving as president of the Screen Actors Guild for multiple terms in the 1940s and 1950s, Reagan began to turn his sights to a political career. He served as governor of California from 1967 to 1975 as a member of the Republican party. Following this, he made his first bid for the presidency in 1976, although he ultimately lost the party's nomination to Gerald Ford. Reagan ran again in 1980, this time winning the nomination and then the presidency. He served two terms and was an influential president who was a figure in many of the most notable events of the 1980s, from an assassination attempt on his own life and the rise of "Reaganomics" to the Iran-Contra affair and the War on Drugs, as well as the end of the Cold War and the fall of the Berlin Wall. He returned home to California for his retirement, living with wife Nancy in Bel Air and Santa Barbara. Reagan died on June 4, 2004, of pneumonia and complications from Alzheimer's Disease, and was interred at the Ronald W. Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Manufacturing Dissent (2007)
Himself
Wisecracks (1991)
Himself
Berkeley in the Sixties (1990)
Himself
Positive (1990)
Himself
Roger & Me (1989)
Himself
Roger & Me (1989)
Self
The Spencer Tracy Legacy (1986)
Do Not Enter: The Visa War Against Ideas (1986)
Himself
Spies Like Us (1985)
When the Mountains Tremble (1983)
Himself
Echtzeit (1983)
Himself
Hollywood On Trial (1976)
Himself
It's Showtime (1976)
Himself
Hearts and Minds (1975)
Himself
Head (1968)
The Killers (1964)
Browning
The Young Doctors (1961)
Narrator
The Hellcats of the Navy (1957)
Commander Casey Abbott
Tennessee's Partner (1955)
Cowpoke
Prisoner of War (1954)
Web Sloane
Cattle Queen of Montana (1954)
Farrell
Law and Order (1953)
Frame Johnson
Tropic Zone (1953)
Dan McCloud
The Winning Team (1952)
Grover Cleveland Alexander
She's Working Her Way Through College (1952)
Prof. John Palmer
Hong Kong (1952)
Jeff Williams
Storm Warning (1951)
Burt Rainey
Bedtime For Bonzo (1951)
Professor Peter Boyd
The Last Outpost (1951)
Capt. Vance Britton
The Hasty Heart (1950)
The Yank
Louisa (1950)
Hal Norton
The Girl from Jones Beach (1949)
Bob Randolph
John Loves Mary (1949)
John Lawrence
Night unto Night (1949)
John [Gaylord]
It's a Great Feeling (1949)
Himself
One for the Book (1948)
Sgt. Bill Page
Stallion Road (1947)
Larry Hanrahan
That Hagen Girl (1947)
Tom Bates
The Stilwell Road (1945)
Narrator
This Is the Army (1943)
Johnny Jones
Juke Girl (1942)
Steve Talbot
Desperate Journey (1942)
Flying Officer Johnny Hammond
Kings Row (1942)
Drake McHugh
International Squadron (1941)
Jimmy Grant
Nine Lives Are Not Enough (1941)
Matt Sawyer
Million Dollar Baby (1941)
Peter Rowan
The Bad Man (1941)
Gil Jones
Murder in the Air (1940)
Brass Bancroft [also known as Steve Swenko]
Knute Rockne--All American (1940)
George Gipp
Santa Fe Trail (1940)
George [Armstrong] Custer
Tugboat Annie Sails Again (1940)
Eddie Kent
Brother Rat and a Baby (1940)
Dan Crawford
An Angel from Texas (1940)
Marty Allen
Code of the Secret Service (1939)
Lt. Brass Bancroft
Secret Service of the Air (1939)
Lieutenant Brass Bancroft
Smashing the Money Ring (1939)
Lt. Brass Bancroft
Hell's Kitchen (1939)
Jim [Donahue]
The Angels Wash Their Faces (1939)
Pat Remson
Naughty but Nice (1939)
Editor Clark
Dark Victory (1939)
Alec [Hamin]
Girls on Probation (1938)
Neil Dillon
Accidents Will Happen (1938)
Eric Gregg
Sergeant Murphy (1938)
Private Dennis Reilly
Going Places (1938)
Jack Withering
Hollywood Hotel (1938)
Announcer
Swing Your Lady (1938)
Jack Miller
Boy Meets Girl (1938)
Announcer
Cowboy from Brooklyn (1938)
Pat Dunn
Brother Rat (1938)
Dan Crawford
Love Is on the Air (1937)
Andy McCaine
Submarine D-1 (1937)
Paul

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Manufacturing Dissent (2007)
Other
Wisecracks (1991)
Other
It's Showtime (1976)
Other
Hollywood On Trial (1976)
Other
Hearts and Minds (1975)
Other

Cast (Special)

Bob Hope: The First Ninety Years (1993)
Crossed Sabers: A History of the U.S. Horse Cavalry (1993)
Trolley: The Cars That Built Our Cities (1993)
What Is This Thing Called Love? (1993)
Elizabeth R: A Year in the Life of the Queen (1992)
Hats Off to Minnie Pearl: America Honors Minnie Pearl (1992)
Welcome Home, America! - A USO Salute to America's Sons and Daughters (1991)
MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon (1990)
The 1990 Goodwill Games (1990)
Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Celebration (1990)
A World of Red Ink (1989)
CBS News Special: Lucy (1989)
Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park Grand Opening (1989)
Presidential Inauguration (1989)
1989 Major League All-Star Game (1989)
Special Contributor
Presidential Inauguration (1989)
John Wayne Standing Tall (1989)
Ronald Reagan: An American Success Story (1989)
U.S. Olympic Festival: Opening Ceremonies (1989)
Festival At Ford's Theater-salute To The President (1989)
Presidential Inauguration (1989)
Happy Birthday, Bob -- 50 Stars Salute Your 50 Years With NBC (1988)
A Salute to Broadway: Chorus Lines (1988)
A Salute to Broadway: Showstoppers (1988)
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (1988)
Performer
America's Tribute to Bob Hope (1988)
A Salute to Broadway: The Shows (1988)
Christmas in Washington 1988 (1988)
Conversations With the Presidents (1988)
Ronald Reagan and David Brinkley: A Farewell Interview (1988)
All-Star Gala at Ford's Theatre (1987)
A Tribute to American Music: Rodgers and Hart (1987)
We the People (1987)
We the People 200: The Constitution Parade (1987)
James Stewart: A Wonderful Life (1987)
Camp David (1987)
A Celebration of Citizenship (1987)
A Tribute to American Music: Jerome Kern (1987)
The National AIDS Awareness Test: What Do You Know About Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome? (1987)
We the People 200: The Constitutional Gala (1987)
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (1987)
Christmas in Washington 1987 (1987)
A Tribute to American Music: Cole Porter (1987)
The Conservatives (1987)
The 97th Tournament of Roses Parade (1986)
Christmas in Washington 1986 (1986)
The All-Star Salute to Ford's Theatre (1986)
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (1986)
Performer
Irving Berlin's America (1986)
Liberty Weekend (1986)
ABC's Wide World of Sports 25th Anniversary Special (1986)
An All-Star Tribute to General Jimmy Doolittle (1986)
The Television Academy Hall of Fame (1986)
Performer
LIFE: Fifty Years (1986)
Walt Disney World's 15th Birthday Celebration (1986)
A Tribute to American Music: George Gershwin (1986)
George Burns' 90th Birthday Special (1986)
NBC News Statue of Liberty Special (1986)
The 50th Presidential Inaugural Gala (1985)
Christmas in Washington 1985 (1985)
An All-Star Party for "Dutch" Reagan (1985)
45/85 (1985)
Christmas in Washington 1984 (1984)
Bob Hope Special: Happy Birthday, Bob! (1983)
Christmas in Washington 1982 (1982)
Guest
Roy Acuff -- 50 Years the King of Country Music (1982)
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope Presents a Celebration With Stars of Comedy and Music (1981)
Dean's Place (1975)
The American Film Institute Salute to James Cagney (1974)
Performer
The American Film Institute Salute to John Ford (1973)
Performer
Call to Danger (1961)
Amos Burke: Who Killed Julie Greer? (1961)
Rex Kent
The Swingin' Years (1960)
Host
The Swingin' Singin' Years (1960)
The Judy Garland Show (1956)
Operation Entertainment (1954)

Cast (Short)

So You Want to Be in Pictures (1947)
Himself
The Rear Gunner (1943)
Mister Gardenia Jones (1942)
Beyond the Line of Duty (1942)
Narrator
Shoot Yourself Some Golf (1942)
Himself
Alice in Movieland (1940)
Sword Fishing (1939)
Narrator
Breakdowns of 1938 (1938)
Himself
A Vitaphone Pictorial Review No. 2-6 (1937)
Himself

Misc. Crew (Short)

Breakdowns of 1941 (1941)
Archival Footage

Articles

Becoming Ronald Reagan


In the 1960s transitioning from acting to politics was rare. Ronald Reagan was not the first to do it, but he was the first to jump from the screen to the stump and on to credibility as a presidential contender. Reagan's transformation from struggling liberal actor to influential conservative spokesman in five years--and then to the California governorship six years later--is a remarkable and compelling story.

In Becoming Ronald Reagan: The Rise of a Conservative Icon (Potomac Books, University of Nebraska Press) Robert Mann explores Reagan's early life and his career during the 1950s and early 1960s: his growing desire for acclaim in high school and college, his political awakening as a young Hollywood actor, his ideological evolution in the 1950s as he traveled the country for General Electric, the refining of his political skills during this period, his growing aversion to big government, and his disdain for the totalitarian leaders in the Soviet Union and elsewhere. All these experiences and more shaped Reagan's politics and influenced his career as an elected official.

Mann not only demonstrates how Reagan the actor became Reagan the political leader and how the liberal became a conservative, he also shows how the skills Reagan learned and the lessons he absorbed from 1954 to 1964 made him the inspiring leader so many Americans remember and revere to this day. Becoming Ronald Reagan is an indelible portrait of a true American icon and a politician like none other.


Robert Mann is a professor and holds the Manship Chair in Journalism at Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University. He is the author of numerous books, including Daisy Petals and Mushroom Clouds: LBJ, Barry Goldwater, and the Ad That Changed American Politics, named one of the best political books of 2011 by the Washington Post.

Becoming Ronald Reagan

Becoming Ronald Reagan

In the 1960s transitioning from acting to politics was rare. Ronald Reagan was not the first to do it, but he was the first to jump from the screen to the stump and on to credibility as a presidential contender. Reagan's transformation from struggling liberal actor to influential conservative spokesman in five years--and then to the California governorship six years later--is a remarkable and compelling story. In Becoming Ronald Reagan: The Rise of a Conservative Icon (Potomac Books, University of Nebraska Press) Robert Mann explores Reagan's early life and his career during the 1950s and early 1960s: his growing desire for acclaim in high school and college, his political awakening as a young Hollywood actor, his ideological evolution in the 1950s as he traveled the country for General Electric, the refining of his political skills during this period, his growing aversion to big government, and his disdain for the totalitarian leaders in the Soviet Union and elsewhere. All these experiences and more shaped Reagan's politics and influenced his career as an elected official. Mann not only demonstrates how Reagan the actor became Reagan the political leader and how the liberal became a conservative, he also shows how the skills Reagan learned and the lessons he absorbed from 1954 to 1964 made him the inspiring leader so many Americans remember and revere to this day. Becoming Ronald Reagan is an indelible portrait of a true American icon and a politician like none other. Robert Mann is a professor and holds the Manship Chair in Journalism at Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University. He is the author of numerous books, including Daisy Petals and Mushroom Clouds: LBJ, Barry Goldwater, and the Ad That Changed American Politics, named one of the best political books of 2011 by the Washington Post.

Life Events

1920

Moved to Dixon, Illinois when he was nine (date approximate)

1937

While in California covering baseball's spring training, spotted by a Warner Bros. agent and offered a screen test

1937

Signed by Warner Bros.; film debut in "Love Is on the Air" playing a radio announcer

1938

First film with future wife Jane Wyman, "Brother Rat"

1940

Played George Gipp in "Knute Rockne--All American"

1940

Portrayed George Armstrong Custer in Michael Curtiz's "Santa Fe Trail"

1940

Acted with Wyman in three films, "An Angel from Texas", "Brother Rat and a Baby" and "Tugboat Annie Sails Again"

1942

Delivered what is considered his finest screen performance in "King's Row"

1947

Managed to testify before HUAC without naming names

1947

Served as president of the Screen Actors Guild

1949

Delivered sensitive performance in Vincent Sherman's "The Hasty Heart", one of two films that year with Patricia Neal (also "John Loves Mary")

1951

Played chimpanzee-raising professor in the schlock movie "Bedtime for Bonzo"

1952

Portrayed major league baseball pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander in "The Winning Team"

1952

Was one of a group of well-known Democrats who signed a telegram urging Dwight Eisenhower to become their party's candidate for president

1957

Acted opposite second wife Nancy Davis in "Hellcats of the Navy"

1960

Despite being a Democrat, supported Richard Nixon for US President

1962

Registered as a Republican and campaigned for Nixon's unsuccessful bid for the California governorship

1964

Supported Barry Goldwater for US President and gave a ringing endorsement of free enterprise while attacking Communism in a speech known as "A Time for Choosing", telecast as a half-hour paid political spot which raised almost $1 million dollars for the Republican party in the last week of the campaign and launched him as a national political figure

1964

Final feature film, "The Killers"; played brutal crime kingpin who slapped Angie Dickinson around; originally filmed for TV but deemed too violent for the small screen

1965

Published first autobiography, "Where's the Rest of Me?"

1966

Elected as governor of California; served two terms

1968

Entered Republican primary for US Presidency

1969

In February brought in the California Highway Patrol to break a student strike in Berkeley; after three months of escalating violence culminating in bloody riots, brought back the Highway Patrol, bolstered by the Alameda County sheriff's deputies; finally sent in the National Guard and occupied the city for 17 days

1975

Income as a private citizen jumped to $800,000 (from his $49,000 salary as governor), mostly from speaking engagements, a syndicated column in 174 newspapers and a taped weekly commentary to more than 200 radio stations

1976

Challenged incumbent Gerald Ford for the US Presidency during the Republican primary; narrowly lost

1980

Elected President of the United States

1981

Survived assassination attempt of March 30, quipping to his surgeons from the operating table, "Please tell me you're all Republicans"

1984

Re-elected to a second term as US President

1990

Published second memoir "An American Life"

1994

In an open letter to the people of the USA in November, disclosed that he was suffering from Alzheimer's disease

2003

Showtime airs controversial telefilm "The Reagans" after CBS dropped out of the project deciding that it did not present a fair portrayal of the Reagans. Film starred James Brolin and Judy Davis as the Reagans, both were nominated for Golden Globes for their performances.

Photo Collections

Kings Row - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Warner Bros' Kings Row (1942), starring Robert Cummings, Ann Sheridan, and Ronald Reagan. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
The Hasty Heart - Lobby Cards
Here are several Lobby Cards from Warner Bros' The Hasty Heart (1950), starring Patricia Neal, Ronald Reagan, and Richard Todd. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Kings Row - Publicity Still
Here is a photo taken to help publicize Warner Bros' Kings Row (1942), starring Robert Cummings, Ann Sheridan, and Ronald Reagan. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Murder in the Air - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from Warner Bros' Murder in the Air (1940), starring Ronald Reagan. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Knute Rockne, All American - Scene Stills
Here are several scene stills from Warner Bros' Knute Rockne, All American (1940), starring Pat O'Brien and Ronald Reagan.

Videos

Movie Clip

This Is The Army (1943) - This Is War! Shortly after Pearl Harbor, Broadway pro Johnny (Ronald Reagan) drops in on his music-store employee gal Eileen (Joan Leslie) with big news, whereupon they see Frances Langford and co. perform "What Does He Look Like?" in Irving Berlin's This Is The Army, 1943.
That Hagen Girl (1947) - That Girl's Life Harry Davenport is the old lawyer in fictional Jordan, Ohio, sending protege Tom (Ronald Reagan) away because of the false rumor that he's the father of an adopted girl, who'll grow up to be Shirley Temple, with friend Jean Porter, loafer Tom Fadden inquiring, early in That Hagen Girl, 1947.
That Hagen Girl (1947) - That Octopus Came Creeping Up On Me Popular but nervous at the junior-college dance, Shirley Temple as Mary (title character) with a minor wardrobe malfunction when she’s assaulted by previously benevolent Dewey (Conrad Janis), busted by Miss Grover (Kathryn Card) then defended by Miss Kane (Lois Maxwell), early in That Hagen Girl, 1947, also starring Ronald Reagan.
That Hagen Girl (1947) - I Left A Mark Adopted junior-college student Mary (Shirley Temple) is checking out yearbook pictures of her presumed birth-mother, when teacher Julia (Lois Maxwell), who just did her a solid, shows up, their chat ending as lawyer Tom (Ronald Reagan) her rumored father, arrives, in That Hagen Girl, 1947.
That Hagen Girl (1947) - There's Nothing To Tell Panic in the small Midwestern town to which Ronald Reagan, as lawyer Tom, has just returned, because Shirley Temple (title character) appears to have drowned herself, because she just learned that everyone (wrongly) thinks she’s his illegitimate daughter, Rory Calhoun and Conrad Janis her spurned boyfriends, Dorothy Peterson and Charles Kemper her adoptive parents, Guy Wilkerson as Link, in That Hagen Girl, 1947.
Brother Rat (1938) - We Want To Be Alone Out for an evening in dress-whites, VMI cadet Dan (Wayne Morris) has roped roommate Dan (Ronald Reagan) to get visiting Claire (Jane Wyman, whom we’re supposed to consider plain, because of her glasses) away from his gal Joyce (Priscilla Lane), in the picture that led, eventually, to the Reagan-Wyman marriage, Brother Rat, 1938.
Brother Rat (1938) - Youthful High Spirits Opening with exteriors from the real Virginia Military Institute where the story takes place, with the Stonewall Jackson statue, we meet ballplayer-cadets Wayne Morris as Billy, Eddie Albert as Bing, Ronald Reagan as catcher Dan, and “rats” William Tracey as Misto and Johnnie Davis as Townsend, in Warner Bros.’ Brother Rat, 1938.
Desperate Journey (1942) - Half American, Half Jersey City Nazi Major Baumeister (Raymond Massey) is telling the crew of the downed RAF bomber (Errol Flynn, Arthur Kennedy, Alan Hale, Ronald Sinclair) they have no prospects, but he has an idea to flip American Johnny (Ronald Reagan), who himself turns the tables, directed by Raoul Walsh, in a famous bit from Desperate Journey, 1942.
Desperate Journey (1942) - You Are Englishmen? Still in their stolen Nazi uniforms, after another clever sabotage in Berlin, pilot Terry (Errol Flynn) and crew (Ronald Reagan, Arthur Kennedy) need help for wounded Hollis (Ronald Sinclair), and get lucky meeting sympathizer Nancy Coleman (as Kaethe) and her doctor uncle (Albert Basserman) in Desperate Journey, 1942.
Desperate Journey (1942) - You Yankees Always Win After a bit in which the Resistance in Poland pulls off a sabotage and sends a carrier pigeon to England, we meet Allied members of an RAF bomber crew, Arthur Kennedy, Patrick O’Moore, Ronald Reagan as Johnny, Errol Flynn as Terry, Ronald Sinclair as Hollis, Alan Hale as Edwards, Raoul Walsh directing, in Desperate Journey, 1942.
Desperate Journey (1942) - Are We Hit Bad? Raoul Walsh directs, intense spectacle (special effects credited to Nathan Levinson and Byron Haskin for Warner Bros.) as the England based crew of the “D-For-Danny” RAF B-17 (Errol Flynn piloting, Ronald Reagan bombing, Arthur Kennedy navigating, with Alan Hale and Ronald Sinclair) hit their target in Germany, in Desperate Journey, 1942.
She's Working Her Way Through College - Delayed By Wolves Angela (Virginia Mayo), burlesque star and new gal on campus, en route to class where charming Professor Palmer (Ronald Reagan), her former high-school teacher, is working his spell, in She's Working Her Way Through College, 1952.

Trailer

Night Unto Night -- (Original Trailer) A terminally ill scientist (Ronald Reagan) seeks comfort from a mentally disturbed widow (Viveca Lindfors) in Night Unto Night (1949).
Naughty But Nice - (Original Trailer) A college professor (Dick Powell) turns songwriter and falls for his lyricist in Naughty But Nice (1939) co-starring Ann Sheridan.
Going Places (1938) - (Original Trailer) Louis Armstrong is the only one who can calm a difficult racehorse who is Going Places (1938) in this Warner Brothers musical.
Girls on Probation - (Original Trailer) Jane Bryan is one of the Girls On Probation (1938). Can attorney Ronald Reagan clear her name?
Girl from Jones Beach, The - (Original Trailer) A commercial artist (Ronald Reagan) discovers a real-life version of the perfect woman he's been drawing for years in The Girl From Jones Beach (1949).
Boy Meets Girl - (Original Trailer) Two wacky Hollywood writers drive their boss crazy while trying to help a pregnant waitress in Boy Meets Girl (1938) with James Cagney and Pat O'Brien.
Cowboy from Brooklyn, The - (Original Trailer) A singing cowboy (Dick Powell) turns out to be a tenderfoot. Co-starring Pat O'Brien, directed by Lloyd Bacon.
Brother Rat - (Original Trailer) Ronald Reagan, Eddie Albert and Wayne Morris are cadets at the Virginia Military Institute in Brother Rat (1938).
Bad Man, The - (Original Trailer) Wallace Beery (Viva Villa!) returns to portraying a Mexican bandit in The Bad Man (1941) but he's really not as bad as all that.
Angels Wash Their Faces, The -- (Original Trailer) Crusading district attorney Ronald Reagan helps the Dead End Kids when one of them is accused of arson.
Desperate Journey -- (Textless Trailer) Errol Flynn and Ronald Reagan are behind enemy lines in Nazi-occupied Poland in the slam-bang adventure Desperate Journey (1942).
Santa Fe Trail -- (Original Trailer) Errol Flynn is the young Jeb Stuart sent out to stop abolitionist John Brown (Raymond Massey) in Santa Fe Trail (1940).

Family

John Reagan
Father
Of Irish Catholic descent.
Nelle Reagan
Mother
Of Scotch-English Protestant parentage.
Neil Reagan
Brother
Advertising executive. Born c. 1908; died of a heart attack in 1996.
Maureen Reagan
Daughter
TV journalist, singer, actor, author. Born on January 4, 1941; mother, Jane Wyman; third marriage is to a lawyer 12 years her junior; wrote "First Father, First Daughter"; ironically, the child closest to Nancy Reagan; underwent treatment for malignant melanoma beginning in December 2000; died on August 8, 2001 at age 60 of skin cancer.
Michael Reagan
Son
Radio host. Adopted; adoptive mother, Jane Wyman.
Patricia Ann Davis
Daughter
Actor, author. Born on October 22, 1952; mother, Nancy Reagan.
Ronald Prescott Reagan Jr
Son
TV journalist, former dancer. Born on May 20, 1958; mother, Nancy Reagan; estranged from his mother since c. 1993.

Companions

Jane Wyman
Wife
Actor. Born on January 14, 1914; married in 1940; divorced in 1948; co-starred together in four films including "Brother Rat" (1938).
Nancy Reagan
Wife
Actor. Born on July 6, 1921; married on March 4, 1952 in a small ceremony witnessed only by William Holden and his wife Ardis; co-starred with Reagan in "Hellcats of the Navy" (1957).

Bibliography

"A Different Drummer: My 30 Years with Ronald Reagan"
Michael K Deever, HarperCollins (2001)
"I Love You, Ronnie: The Letters of Ronald Regan to Nancy Reagan"
Nancy Reagan and Ronald Reagan, Random House (2000)
"The Reagan Wit: The Humor of the American President"
Bill Adler and Bill Adler Jr, William Morrow (1998)
"A Shining City"
Simon & Schuster (1998)
"Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan"
Edmund Morris, Random House (1998)
"Ronald Reagan: How an Ordinary Man Became an Extraordinary Leader"
Dinesh D'Souza, The Free Press (1997)
"An American Life"
Ronald Reagan (1990)
"Where's the Rest of Me?"
Ronald Reagan (1965)

Notes

In January 2001, Reagan fell and broke his hip.

Inducted to the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Honorary chairman of the United States Horse Cavalry Association

On Mr. Reagan's 87th birthday in 1998, President Bill Clinton signed a law which allowed the Washington National Airport to be renamed the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

"There can be no security anywhere in the free world if there is no fiscal and economic stability within the United States . . ."They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong. There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right. Winston Churchill said that '. . . When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we are spirits--not animals . . . There is something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which whether we like it or not, spells duty.'"You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done." --From the conclusion to Regan's 1964 speech "A Time for Choosing"

"In many ways she allowed him to be such a nice guy. Because she made some of the really tough--personally tough--decisions. She took the heat for it, and he would sit there and still be the nice guy. I think they had a unique marriage. Ronald Reagan is a loner. I don't mean that in a derogatory way. He's a man who's comfortable being alone. But the one person who has always been in his world is her. And that was enough. The truth is he didn't need anybody but her." --White House political affairs director (1981-1983) Ed Rollins quoted in Vanity Fair August 1998

"I protect Ronnie from himself. You know, he has a big Irish heart. He trusts everybody, and he doesn't see when he's being blindsided, or when people are acting out of motives that are less than noble. And he never acts upon it once he does. I do." --Nancy Reagan to Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, from Vanity Fair, August 1998

"These were extraordinary times we ruled in, because we dealt with--and achieved--some of the most momentous events in modern history: the fall of the Soviet Union, the reunification of Germany within NATO, free trade in this hemisphere, and the end of the Cold War. Led by Ronald Reagan, people like Francois Mitterand, Helmut Kohl, Margaret Thatcher, and I contributed in a modest way to remaking our international society. So if the polls went up or polls went down, who cared? If the press said--as they did--that Thatcher and Mulroney were Reagan's poodles, who cared? You know, when you've got a quarterback who can run, who can throw, and who can take a hit--and he's out there in the rain every Sunday--well, that idea got through to the allies. And when it did, everything jelled." --Mulroney quoted in Vanity Fair, August 1998

"In closing, let me thank you, the American people, for giving me the great honor of allowing me to serve as your president. When the Lord calls me home, whenever that day may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future. I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead."---Reagan in a letter to the American people announced that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease www.reaganranch.com 1994