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Ronald Reagan

Best know for being President of the United States however he had a long movie career before entering politics.

Ronald Reagan

Filmography

1937      

Love Is on the Air

Hollywood Hotel

 

1938      

Sergeant Murphy

Swing Your Lady

Accidents Will Happen

Cowboy from Brooklyn

The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse

Boy Meets Girl

Girls on Probation

Brother Rat

Going Places

 

1939      

Secret Service of the Air

Dark Victory

Code of the Secret Service

Naughty but Nice

Hell’s Kitchen

The Angels Wash Their Faces

Smashing the Money Ring

 

1940      

Brother Rat and a Baby

An Angel from Texas

Murder in the Air

Knute Rockne, All American

Tugboat Annie Sails Again

Alice in Movieland

Santa Fe Trail

 

1941      

The Bad Man

Million Dollar Baby

International Squadron

Nine Lives Are Not Enough

 

1942      

Recognition of the Japanese Zero Fighter

Kings Row

Juke Girl

Mister Gardenia Jones

Desperate Journey

Beyond the Line of Duty

 

1943      

Cadet Classification

The Rear Gunner

For God and Country

This Is the Army

 

1945      

Target Tokyo

The Fight for the Sky

The Stilwell Road

Wings for This Man

 

1947      

Stallion Road

That Hagen Girl

The Voice of the Turtle

 

1949      

John Loves Mary

Night Unto Night

The Girl from Jones Beach

The Hasty Heart

It’s a Great Feeling

 

1950      

Louisa

 

1951      

The Big Truth

Storm Warning

The Last Outpost

Bedtime for Bonzo

 

1952      

Hong Kong

The Winning Team

She’s Working Her Way Through College

 

1953      

Tropic Zone

Law and Order

 

1954      

Prisoner of War

Cattle Queen of Montana

 

1955      

Tennessee’s Partner

 

1957      

Hellcats of the Navy

 

1961      

The Young Doctors

 

1963      

Heritage of Splendor

 

1964      

The Killers

Awards

Ronald Reagan was never nominated for an Academy Award.

[from a 1950s interview] Nobody ever “went Hollywood”. They were already that way when they got here. Hollywood just brought it out in them. ~ Ronald Reagan

Ronald Wilson Reagan was born on February 6, 1911 in an apartment on the second floor of a commercial building in Tampico, Illinois. He was the younger son of Nelle Clyde (née Wilson; 1883–1962) and Jack Reagan (1883–1941). Jack was a salesman and storyteller. Reagan’s older brother, Neil Reagan (1908–1996), became an advertising executive.

Reagan attended Dixon High School, where he developed interests in acting, sports, and storytelling. His first job involved working as a lifeguard at the Rock River in Lowell Park in 1927. Over a six-year period, Reagan reportedly performed 77 rescues as a lifeguard. He attended Eureka College, a Disciples-oriented liberal arts school, where he became a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, a cheerleader, and studied economics and sociology. While involved, the Miller Center of Public Affairs described him as an “indifferent student”. He majored in economics and sociology and graduated with a C grade. He developed a reputation as a “jack of all trades”, excelling in campus politics, sports, and theater. He was a member of the football team and captain of the swim team. He was elected student body president and led a student revolt against the college president after the president tried to cut back the faculty.

After graduating from Eureka in 1932, Reagan drove to Iowa, where he held jobs as a radio announcer at several stations. He moved to WHO radio in Des Moines as an announcer for Chicago Cubs baseball games. His specialty was creating play-by-play accounts of games using as his source only basic descriptions that the station received by wire as the games were in progress.

While traveling with the Cubs in California in 1937, Reagan took a screen test that led to a seven-year contract with Warner Brothers studios. He spent the first few years of his Hollywood career in the “B film” unit

While sometimes overshadowed by other actors, Reagan’s screen performances did receive many good reviews.

His first screen credit was the starring role in the 1937 movie Love Is on the Air, and by the end of 1939 he had already appeared in 19 films. In 1938 he starred alongside Jane Wyman in Brother Rat. They married in 1940, having a child, Maureen, and adopting a son, Michael. The marriage ended in divorce in 1948

Before Santa Fe Trail in 1940, he played the role of George “The Gipper” Gipp in the film Knute Rockne, All American; from it, he acquired the lifelong nickname “the Gipper”. In 1941 exhibitors voted him the fifth most popular star from the younger generation in Hollywood. Reagan’s favorite acting role was as a double amputee in 1942’s Kings Row, in which he recites the line, “Where’s the rest of me?”, later used as the title of his 1965 autobiography. Many film critics considered Kings Row to be his best movie, though the film was condemned by The New York Times critic Bosley Crowther. Although Reagan considered Kings Row the film that “made me a star”, he was unable to capitalize on his success because he was ordered to active duty two months after its release, and never regained the “stardom” which he had previously enjoyed

After the outbreak of war, Reagan, an officer in the Army Reserve, was ordered to active duty in April 1942. Upon the approval of the Army Air Force (AAF), he was transferred to the AAF and was assigned to the First Motion Picture Unit (officially, the 18th AAF Base Unit) in Culver City, California. In January 1943, he was sent to the Provisional Task Force Show Unit of This Is The Army at Burbank, California. He returned to the First Motion Picture Unit after completing this duty and was promoted to Captain. By the end of the war, his units had produced some 400 training films for the AAF including Beyond the Line of Duty, The Rear Gunner, and This is the Army.

Following military service Reagan resumed his film work. In 1947 Reagan was elected to the position of president of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). He was subsequently chosen by the membership to serve seven additional one-year terms, from 1947 to 1952 and in 1959. Reagan led SAG through eventful years that were marked by labor-management disputes, the Taft-Hartley Act, House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) hearings and the Hollywood blacklist era. Reagan continued to become more involved in politics by promoting SAG’s values and being the President of SAG.

He met fellow star Nancy Davis in 1950 and they married two years later; the marriage, one of the closest in U.S. political history, resulted in two children: Patti and Ron. Reagan continued his acting career, making films such as The Voice of the Turtle, Bedti