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Ronald Reagan Biography

Birth Name:
Ronald Wilson Reagan
Birth Place:
Tampico, Illinois, United States
Actor, governor, U.S. President

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
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