Fast Facts

  • Was captain of the football team, art director of the yearbook and president of the drama club in high school.
  • As a teen was credited with saving 77 lives as a lifeguard.
  • Began work as a radio sports announcer and called games for the Chicago Cubs.
  • Won a seven-year contract with Warner Bros. in 1937 after taking a screen test.
  • Served as a captain in the U.S. Army during World War II. 
  • Appeared in 53 movies, including Knute Rockne: All American.
  • Elected president of the Screen Actors Guild in 1947.
  • Elected governor of California in 1966; re-elected in 1970.
  • Became the 40th U.S. president in 1981 and served two terms.
  • Survived an assassination attempt only 69 days after taking office.
  • Dubbed the Soviet Union "the evil empire" and implemented the "Reagan Doctrine," which provided aid to anti-communist movements; famously challenged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall; it was torn down in 1989.
  • Was gifted as an orator and become known as "The Great Communicator."


  • 1957, Golden Globe — Hollywood Citizenship Award: Winner


  • Patti Davis — Daughter
  • Nelle Wilson Reagan — Mother
  • John Edward "Jack" Reagan — Father
  • Nancy Reagan — Wife
  • Michael Reagan — Son
  • Jane Wyman — Ex-wife
  • Ron Reagan — Son
  • Maureen Reagan — Daughter
  • Christine Reagan — Daughter


  • Eureka College, Eureka, Illinois, United States (BA Economics/Sociology, 1932)


  • Birth Name: Ronald Wilson Reagan
  • Birth Place: Tampico, Illinois, United States
  • Died: June 5, 2004
  • Profession: Actor, Governor, U.S. President

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