Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan

Actor, Producer

BIO

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911–June 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989), the 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975) and prior to that, an actor.

Reagan was born in Tampico in Whiteside County, Illinois, reared in Dixon in Lee County, Illinois, and educated at Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and sociology. Upon his graduation, Reagan first moved to Iowa to work as a radio broadcaster and then in 1937 to Los Angeles, California. He began a career as an actor, first in films and later television, appearing in over 50 movie productions and earning enough success to become a famous, publicly recognized figure. Some of his most notable roles are in Knute Rockne, All American and Kings Row. Reagan served as president of the Screen Actors Guild, and later spokesman for General Electric (GE); his start in politics occurred during his work for GE. Originally a member of the Democratic Party, he switched to the Republican Party in 1962. After delivering a rousing speech in support of Barry Goldwater's presidential candidacy in 1964, he was persuaded to seek the California governorship, winning two years later and again in 1970. He was defeated in his run for the Republican presidential nomination in 1968 as well as 1976, but won both the nomination and election, defeating incumbent Jimmy Carter in 1980.

As president, Reagan implemented sweeping new political and economic initiatives. His supply-side economic policies, dubbed "Reaganomics," advocated reducing tax rates to spur economic growth, controlling the money supply to reduce inflation, deregulation of the economy, and reducing government spending. In his first term he survived an assassination attempt, took a hard line against labor unions, and ordered military actions in Grenada. He was reelected in a landslide in 1984, proclaiming it was "Morning in America." His second term was primarily marked by foreign matters, such as the ending of the Cold War, the 1986 bombing of Libya, and the revelation of the Iran-Contra affair. Publicly describing the Soviet Union as an "evil empire," he supported anti-Communist movements worldwide and spent his first term forgoing the strategy of détente by ordering a massive military buildup in an arms race with the USSR. Reagan negotiated with Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev, culminating in the INF Treaty and the decrease of both countries' nuclear arsenals.

Reagan left office in 1989. In 1994, the former president disclosed that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease earlier in the year; he died ten years later at the age of 93. He ranks highly in public opinion polls of U.S. Presidents, and is a conservative icon.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Ronald Reagan, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Birthday

Feb. 6, 1911

Place of birth

Tampico, Illinois, USA

Known for

Login required.

Click here to login

7.6

An Inconvenient Truth

A documentary on Al Gore's campaign to make the issue of global warming a recognized problem worl... Read more

Login required.

Click here to login

3.5

Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage

Out-takes (mostly from Warner Bros.), promotional shorts, movie premieres, public service pleas, ... Read more

Login required.

Click here to login

7.5

Dan Aykroyd - Unplugged On UFO's

A UFO enthusiast interviews Dan Aykroyd on the subject of extraterrestrials visiting Earth. Read more

Login required.

Click here to login

Hollywood Uncensored

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Peter Fonda host an examination of the history of decency standards for... Read more

Login required.

Click here to login

6

The Making Of Trump

As every day of Donald Trump's presidential campaign seemingly generates new headlines, this two-... Read more

Login required.

Click here to login

5.3

Blood and Oil

The notion that oil motivates America's military engagements in the Middle East is often disregar... Read more

Login required.

Click here to login

Hell's Highway: The True Story of Highway Safety Films

This film covers the early history of post World War II educational films, especially those invol... Read more

Login required.

Click here to login

American Experience: Reagan: Part I

Part 1 of PBS' American Experience: Reagan. Read more

Login required.

Click here to login

Recognition of the Japanese Zero Fighter

Military training film on the characteristics, capabilities, weaknesses, and recognition of the W... Read more

Login required.

Click here to login

7.5

Heckler

HECKLER is a comedic feature documentary exploring the increasingly critical world we live in. Af... Read more

Login required.

Click here to login

Resisting Enemy Interrogation

A downed American bomber crew quickly falls prey to the clever interrogation techniques of the Ge... Read more

Login required.

Click here to login

James Dean: Forever Young

Documentary of the brief but memorable career of the now iconic James Dean. Narrated by Martin Sh... Read more

Login required.

Click here to login

JFK Remembered: 50 Years Later

A look back at the 1000 days of the John F. Kennedy presidency. Read more

Login required.

Click here to login

The Fight for the Sky

Documentary detailing the activities of American fighter escort pilots during bombing raids over ... Read more

Login required.

Click here to login

6

41

An HBO documentary, takes a ‘personal, not political’ look at George H.W. Bush, the 41st presiden... Read more

Login required.

Click here to login

The Billboard Boys

A documentary that tells the true story of three men who lived on a billboard for nearly nine mon... Read more

Login required.

Click here to login

The Arrow of Time

Mikhail Gorbachev led the Soviet Union into a new era by negotiating far-reaching nuclear arms re... Read more