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Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan was the 40th (1981-1989) President of the United States. Reagan was also a actor in films before entering politics. He is the longest-lived person to have served as President, as well as the oldest elected President (69 years and 349 days). He was the first divorced person to be elected President.

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.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Ronald Reagan Facts

Birth NameRonald Wilson Reagan
OccupationActor, Politician
BirthdayFebruary 6, 1911
BirthplaceTampico, Illinois, USA
Date of deathJune 5, 2004 (age 93)
Height6' 1" (1m85)  How tall is Ronald Reagan compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Classic Movie Bloopers: Uncensored
What Were They Thinking?
The Sante Fe Trail
The Jackal
Ep 1
Dark Victory
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts: Fully Roasted: Betty White, Gov. Ronald Reagan, Bette Davis
Desperate Journey
An Inconvenient Truth
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