Child of an alcoholic father, Reagan developed an early gift for storytelling and acting. He was a radio announcer of Chicago Cubs games, getting only the bare outlines of the game from a ticker and relying on his imagination and storytelling gifts to flesh out the game. Once in 1934, during the ninth inning of a Cubs - St. Louis Cardinals game, the wire went dead. Reagan smoothly improvised a fictional play-by-play until the wire was restored.
Reagan had a successful career in Hollywood as a second-rank leading man, as his face and body were as handsome as his voice. In 1940 he played the role of George The Gipper Gipp in the film Knute Rockne All American, from which he acquired the nickname the Gipper, which he retained the rest of his life. Reagan himself considered that his best acting work was in Kings Row (1942). Other notable Reagan films include Hellcats of the Navy and the campy Bedtime for Bonzo.
Reagan has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6374 Hollywood Blvd.
Ronald Reagan Facts
|Birth Name||Ronald Wilson Reagan|
|Birthday||February 6, 1911|
|Birthplace||Tampico, Illinois, USA|
|Date of death||June 5, 2004 (age 93)|
|Height||6' 1" (1m85) How tall is Ronald Reagan compared to you?|
|Classic Movie Bloopers: Uncensored|
|What Were They Thinking?|
|The Sante Fe Trail|
|The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts: Fully Roasted: Betty White, Gov. Ronald Reagan, Bette Davis|
|An Inconvenient Truth|