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Ronald Reagan
[1911-2004]   •   U.S. President #40, 1981-1989

You could say that Ronald Reagan had three distinct careers (although there is some overlap):
movie & TV star, Army officer, and politician. This page covers all three.

publicity photo of actor Ronald Reagan {right} and co-star Bonzo the Chimp - America is still a free country, I can mock Reagan if I want to              short profile

works about Ronald Reagan

movie career, part 1
military career
movie & TV career, part 2
political career

writings & speeches



“Reagan and Bush . . . made the world safe for hypocrisy.”  — Julia Phillips [1944-2002]

“One of [Reagan's] great gifts to America was the public rebirth of bigotry.”  — Jonathan Valin

“Church and state are, and must remain, separate.” — Ronald Reagan
{during a speech at Temple Hillel in Valley Stream, New York - 26 October 1984}

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received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960 {for Television} at 6374 Hollywood Blvd.

Ronald Reagan is your hero?
You are obviously mis-informed.

  • Reagan lied when he said he was commander of the First Motion Picture Unit
    — he was a Captain and his job was F.M.P.U.'s adjutant.
  • Reagan lied when he bragged that he always slept in his personal bed during World War II
    — he attended Officer School in San Francisco in 1942.
  • Gov. Ronald Reagan signed a bill legalizing abortion in 1967.
  • President Reagan raised federal taxes eleven times.
  • President Reagan stated that “Church and state are, and must remain, separate.”

  • The twelve years of the Reagan-Bush administration quadrupled the U.S. National Debt.
    The National Debt in 1980 was ONE TRILLION dollars, which included the entire VietNam War;
    the National Debt in 1992 had increased to FOUR TRILLION dollars.

  • Works About Ronald Reagan
    search books on keywords 'Ronald Reagan' at Amazon
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    P.B.S. bioP.B.S. bio on VHS

    "Reagan Speaks: The Making of an American Myth" [12/1985] by Paul D. Erickson

    "Biography - Ronald Reagan: The Many Lives" [1996] starring Jack Perkins, Peter Graves, Harry Smith, Dave Hoffman

    "Ronald Reagan: A Legacy Remembered" [Biography 2000] /tt0890199/

    "Ronald Reagan: The Hollywood Years, The Presidential Years" [2001] /tt0450115/

    Hollywood Noir / Ronald Reagan  "Hollywood Noir: Featuring Ronald Reagan" [2001]
    by Richard Olsen

    Xlibris 8½x5½ pb [10/2001] for $21.99
    Xlibris 8¾x6 hardcover [10/2001] for $31.99

    "Altered Statesmen: Ronald Reagan" TV documentary [2003] /tt0421179/

    "Tribute To Ronald Reagan Starring Ronald Reeagan and Caspar Weinberger" [2003]

    "Ronald Reagan: His Life and Times" [2004]

    "The Reagans" TV movie [2004] starring Judy Davis, James Brolin, Zeljko Ivanek, Mary Beth Peil

    "Ronald Reagan: His Life and Legacy" (2004) starring Nancy Reagan, Ronald Reagan & John Roberts

    "God and Ronald Reagan: A Spiritual Life" [2004] by historian Paul Kengor

    "Ronald Reagan: The Great Communicator" [2004]

    "20/20: A Tribute To Ronald Reagan" broadcast 6/11/04
    http://www.amazon.com/20-Tribute-Ronald-Reagan-11/dp/B0054LGOZU/ DVD=2011

    "NBC News Presents: Ronald Reagan" with Stone Phillips (2005)

    "Ronald Reagan: An American President (The Official Reagan Library Tribute) (2005)

    "The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Triumph Over of Communism" [10/2006] by historian Paul Kengor

    Ronald Reagan Murder Case novel by David Ossman  "The Ronald Reagan Murder Case: A George Tirebiter Mystery" [2006]
    by David Ossman {member of The Firesign Theatre comedy troupe}

    Set in Hollywood in 1945, the tale of radio star George Tirebiter's solution of two mysterious deaths: the on-air shooting of movie star Army Captain Ronald Reagan's double, and the scandalous death of a movie director back in the 1920s.
    BearManor Media 8¾x6 pb [12/2006] for $19.95

    "American Masters" TV series documentary [2008] /tt0364151/

    "Biography -- Ronald Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime (2008) DVD

    "Just the Facts: American Presidents: Ronald Reagan (2010)

    "Reagan" documentary [2011] /tt1822382/

    "Ronald Reagan: An American Journey (2011

    "Reagan (2011)

    "The Reagan Wit (2011)

    "Still Point In A Turning World: Ronald Reagan and his Ranch (2011)

    Collision Course / Air Traffic Controllers book by Joseph Anthony McCartin  "Collision Course: Ronald Reagan, The Air Traffic Controllers, and The Strike That Changed America" [2011]
    by Joseph A. McCartin

    Kindle Edition from Oxford Univ Press [10/2011] for $12.07
    Oxford Univ Press 9½x6½hardcover [10/2011] for $18.53

    "Remembering Reagan At His Ranch"

    "Ronald Reagan Rendezvous with Destiny

    "The American Experience - Ronald Reagan

    "Reagan: The Movie" [in development 2016]
    Reagan The Movie - still in development  A young Russian leader visits a retired K.G.B. agent so that he may learn about the demise of the Soviet Union. Announced 12/2012: Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight is being sought to portray a {composite} Soviet K.G.B. agent whose job was to track Reagan while president of the U.S.; the script by Jonas McCord & Howie Klausner is based on two books by historian Paul Kengor: "The Crusader" and "God and Ronald Reagan"; to be directed by Mark Joseph thru Rawhide Pictures
    latest info at IMDbofficial movie site

    Movie Star - Part 1
    Ronald Reagan credits [1937-96] at Internet Movie Database
    search DVDs on keywords 'Ronald Reagan' at Amazon

    Ronald Reagan Signature Collection DVD box set  "Ronald Reagan: The Signature Collection" DVD Box Set [2006]
    Warner Home Video b&w/color DVD set [8/2006] 5 disks for $39.99
    contains 5 b&w feature films: "Knute Rockne All-American" [1940] starring Pat O'Brien & Ronald Reagan; "Kings Row" [1942]; "The Hasty Heart" [1949] starring Ronald Reagan & Patricia Neal; "Storm Warning"
    [1951] starring Ginger Rogers & Ronald Reagan; and "The Winning Team" [1952] starring Ronald Reagan & Doris Day; extras include theatrical trailer, shorts, color cartoons, featurette, radio broadcast
    Ronald Reagan Centennial Collection DVD box set  "Ronald Reagan Centennial Collection" DVD Box Set [2011]
    Warner Home Video b&w/color DVD [1/2011] 8 disks for $41.99
    contains 8 feature films (7 b&w, 1 color): "Dark Victory" [1939] starring Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart & Ronald Reagan; "Knute Rockne All-American" [1940] starring Pat O'Brien & Ronald Reagan; "Kings Row"
    [1942]; "Desperate Journey" [1942] directed by Raoul Walsh, starring Errol Flynn & Ronald Reagan; "This Is The Army" Irving Berlin musical in Technicolor [1943] directed by Michael Curtiz, starring George Murphy & Lt. Ronald Reagan; "The Hasty Heart" [1949] starring Ronald Reagan & Patricia Neal; "Storm Warning"
    [1951] starring Ginger Rogers & Ronald Reagan; and "The Winning Team" [1952] starring Ronald Reagan & Doris Day; extras include commentaries, vintage newsreels, shorts, color cartoons, and more

    "Love Is On The Air" [1937]
    "Hollywood Hotel" [1937]
    "Sergeant Murphy" [1938]
    "Swing Your Lady" [1938]
    "Accidents Will Happen" [1938]
    "Cowboy From Brooklyn" [1938]

    "The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse" [1938]
    with Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart, Ronald Reagan & Claire Trevor; full credits at IMDb

    "Boy Meets Girl"  [Warner Bros. Aug 1938]
    Boy Meets Girl movie  Two screenwriters devise a plot for the studio's cowboy star that involves a baby; the baby becomes a star, and the cowboy and his agent run off with the mother and the kid. Directed by Lloyd Bacon; script by Bella & Samuel Spewack from their 1935 Broadway play; starring James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Marie Wilson, Ralph Bellamy, Frank McHugh, Dick Foran, Bruce Lester, Ronald Reagan {bit part} & Penny Singleton
    M.G.M. b&w VHS [9/98] out of prodn/used
    full credits from IMDb

    "Girls On Probation" [1938]
    "Brother Rat" [1938]
    "Going Places" [1938]
    "Secret Service of The Air" [1939]

    "Dark Victory" [April 1939] /tt0031210/
    starring Bette Davis, George Brent, Humphrey Bogart, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ronald Reagan

    "Code of the Secret Service" [1939]
    "Naughty But Nice" [1939]
    "Hell's Kitchen" [1939]
    "The Angels Wash Their Faces" [1939]
    "Smashing The Money Ring" [1939]
    "Brother Rat and A Baby" [1940]
    "An Angel From Texas" [1940]
    "Murder In The Air" [1940]

    "Knute Rockne All-American" [Oct 1940] /tt0032676/
    starring Pat O'Brien, Gale Page, Ronald Reagan, Donald Crisp

    "Tugboat Annie Sails Again" [1940]

    "Santa Fe Trail" [1940]
    Directed by Michael Curtiz; starring Errol Flynn & Ronald Reagan


    "The Bad Man" [Loew's/M.G.M. March 1941]
    Filmed at Red Rock Canyon in California, Flagstaff, Arizona, and Gallup, New Mexico; directed by
    Richard Thorpe; based on a 1920 Broadway stageplay by Porter Emerson Browne; starring Wallace Beery,
    Lionel Barrymore, Laraine Day, Ronald Reagan, Henry Travers & Chris-Pin Martin • full credits at IMDb

    "Million Dollar Baby" [1941]

    "International Squadron" [1941]

    "Nine Lives Are Not Enough" [1941]

    "Kings Row" [Feb 1942] /tt0034946/
    starring Ann Sheridan, Robert Cummings, Ronald Reagan, Betty Field

    "Shoot Yourself Some Golf" [April 1942] /tt0296212/
    11-minute short film featuring Ronald Reagan & Jane Wyman

    "Mister Gardenia Jones" documentary short [May 1942]

    "Juke Girl"[May 1942]

    "Desperate Journey" [Warner Bros. Sept 1942]
    Directed by Raoul Walsh; starring Errol Flynn, Ronald Reagan, Nancy Coleman,
    Raymond Massey, Arthur Kennedy • full credits at IMDb

    U.S. Army during World War II
    It is interesting that Ronald Reagan – after becoming President of the United States – needed to lie about his past, to hype his role during World War II. First, Ronald Reagan often said that he never slept in any bed except his own (meaning that he was accorded great privilege, and lived at his residence in Beverly Hills and drove to work). Patent falsehood, since he received officer training in San Francisco. Second, Ronald Reagan said that he was commander at F.M.P.U. in Culver City; Lieutenant Reagan was the Adjutant (a desk job); the commanders at F.M.P.U. were a series of 'bird' colonels: Roy M. Jones, {somebody named} McDuffie, Owen Crump & William Keighley.

    Thirdly, Ronald Reagan actually claimed credit late in life for 'the discovery of Marilyn Monroe', a falsehood. What happened was that the photographers seemed to have nothing to do one Summer day in 1945, so then-Capt. Reagan ordered them to go photograph young women, such as at the beach in swimsuits, with the intention of sending the pictures to Yank Magazine or Stars & Stripes to help build the morale of soldiers & sailors in uniform. Photographer David Conover found Norma Jean Baker Dougherty at an aircraft plant in Van Nuys, realized her potential (and simply fell in love with the girl), took several rolls of color & b&w photos, and helped her get signed with a modeling agency.
    {story at 'Immortal Marilyn' website}

    U.S.A.A.F. First Motion Picture Unit { F.M.P.U. } Page at Magic Lantern Video & Book Store

    won Oscar for Best Short Subject    "Beyond The Line of Duty" 22-minute short [Warner/F.M.P.U. Nov 1942]
    Narrated by Lt. Ronald Reagan, featuring war hero Capt. Hewitt T. Wheless; won Oscar
    for Best Short Subject • video/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb

    "For God and Country" 43-minute featurette [F.M.P.U./M.G.M. 1943]
    tt0145781/ The story of the U.S. Army Chaplain Service as dramatized thru the stories of three chaplains;
    narrated by Walter Huston; starring Ronald Reagan, Hugh Marlowe, Richard Whorf

    "Cadet Classification" short [F.M.P.U. 1943]
    /tt0275240/ Narrated by Lt. Ronald Reagan

    "Recognition of The Japanese Zero Fighter" [F.M.P.U. Feb 1943]
    /tt0036054/ 19-minute training film narrated by Art Gilmore; starring Ronald Reagan & Craig Stevens

    "The Rear Gunner" two-reeler [Warner/F.M.P.U. April 1943] /tt0036293/
    Directed by Ray Enright; narrated by Knox Manning; starring Burgess Meredith, Ronald Reagan, Dane Clark

    "This Is The Army" [Warner Bros. Aug 1943]
    Irving Berlin musical in Technicolor; directed by Michael Curtiz; starring George Murphy & Lt. Ronald Reagan

    "Resisting Enemy Interrogation" [F.M.P.U. Aug 1944] /tt0037215/
    70-minute feature film produced by Ronald Reagan; starring Arthur Kennedy, Lloyd Nolan,
    Don Porter, Craig Stevens, Mel Tormé; Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature

    "Stilwell Road" [1945] /tt0246953/
    51-minute documentary about the wartime construction of the 478-mile road from India to Burma that
    enabled delivery of supplies to Chinese forces fighting the Japanaese; narrated by Ronald Reagan

    "Wings For This Man" [F.M.P.U. 1945] /tt0816708/
    20-minute documentary short tribute to the Afro-American flyers trained at the
    Tuskegee Institute in Alabama; narrated by Ronald Reagan

    "Target Tokyo" [F.M.P.U./R.K.O. May 1945] /tt0037349/
    22-minute documentary short narrated by Ronald Reagan, featuring General Henry H. 'Hap' Arnold
    and airmen of the XXIst Bomber Command

    "The Fight For The Sky" [F.M.P.U. June 1945] /tt0173827/
    20-minute documentary short narrated by Ronald Reagan, featuring General James Harold 'Jimmy' Doolittle

    Movie & TV Star - Part 2
    Ronald Reagan credits [1937-96] at Internet Movie Database
    search DVDs on keywords 'Ronald Reagan' at Amazon

    "Stallion Road" [Warner Bros. April 1947] /tt0039865/
    starring Ronald Reagan, Alexis Smith, Zachary Scott, Peggy Knudsen & Patti Brady

    "That Hagen Girl" [Warner Bros. Oct 1947] /tt0039892/
    starring Ronald Reagan, Shirley Temple, Rory Calhoun, Lois Maxwell

    "The Voice of The Turtle" [Warner Bros. Dec 1947] /tt0039969/
    starring Ronald Reagan, Eleanor Parker, Eve Arden, Wayne Morris

    "John Loves Mary" [Warner Bros. Feb 1949] /tt0041526/
    starring Ronald Reagan, Jack Carson, Patricia Neal, Wayne Morris, Edward Arnold, Virginia Field

    "Night Unto Night" [1949]

    "The Girl From Jones Beach" [1949]

    "The Hasty Heart" [Dec 1949] /tt0041445/
    starring Ronald Reagan, Patricia Neal, Richard Todd

    "Louisa" [1950]

    "Nash Airflyte Theatre TV episode "The Case of The Missing Lady" (1950)

    "The Big Truth" anti-Communist short [1951]) as host/narrator

    "Storm Warning" [Jan 1951] /tt0044075/
    starring Ginger Rogers, Ronald Reagan, Doris Day, Steve Cochran

    "The Last Outpost" [1951]

    "Bedtime For Bonzo" [1951]

    "Hong Kong" [1952]

    "The Winning Team" [1952] /tt0045332/
    starring Doris Day, Ronald Reagan, Frank Lovejoy

    "She's Working Her Way Through College" [1952]

    "Tropic Zone" [1953]

    "Law and Order" [1953]

    "G.E. True Theater" TV series host [1954-62] /tt0045395/

    "Startime" TV series host [1960] /tt0052511/

    "Death Valley Days" TV series host [1964-66] /tt0044259/

    Political Career
    president of the Screen Actors Guild, 1947-53 & 1959-60
    33rd Governor of California, 1967-1975
    40th President of the United States, January 1981 – January 1989

    Political Film Festival Pages
    at Magic Lantern Video & Book Store

    "1980 Presidential Debates" /tt1724586/

    "Reagan: The First 100 Days" episode of "NBC White Paper" TV series [1981] /tt0325872/

    "1984 Presidential Debates" /tt1730256/

    Triumph of Politics / Reagan Revolution book by David Stockman  "The Triumph of Politics: Why The Reagan Revolution Failed" [1986]
    by David Stockman

    "No other book comes close to understanding America's domestic political process."
    — J. Roberts (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

    Avon mass pb [1/87] out of print/many used
    HarperCollins hardcover [5/86] out of print/230+ used
    Sept 2003 article on Slate by Timothy Noah

    "Coverup: Behind The Iran-Contra Affair" [VHS 2001] /6301045661/
    Starring Elizabeth Montgomery, Jack Brooks, Barbara Honegger

    "Salute To Reagan: A President's Greatest Moments" (2004)

    "How It Was: The Shooting of Ronald Reagan" TV documentary [2007] /tt1167318/

    Writings & Speeches of Ronald Reagan

    "Speaking My Mind: Selected Speeches by Ronald Reagan" [book 1989, CD 1999]
    http://www.amazon.com/Speaking-My-Mind-Selected-Speeches/dp/0743271114/ = pb
    http://www.amazon.com/Speaking-My-Mind-Ronald-Reagan/dp/067168857X/ = hc
    http://www.amazon.com/Speaking-My-Mind-Ronald-Reagan/dp/0743500334/ = audio CD

    "Reagan, In His Own Hand: The Writings of Ronald Reagan That Reveal His Revolutionary Vision For America" [2/2001]

    "Reagan In His Own Voice: Ronald Reagan's Radio Addresses" [11/2001]

    "Reagan: A Life In Letters" [9/2003] Edited by Kiron K. Skinner, Annelise Anderson, Martin Anderson

    "Reagan Speaks: Ronald Reagan's Greatest Speeches" [2011]
    22 full-length speeches on DVD
    PowerThink Publng color DVD set [2011] 3 disks - out of prodn/scarce

    "Ronald Reagan's Greatest Speeches: Twelve Complete Speeches Following The Great Communicator From 1964 To His Farewell Address" [2011]
    T.H.A. New Media LLC color DVD-R set [undated] 4 disks for $29.97

    "An American Life: The Autobiography" [1/2011] by Ronald Reagan

    "Ronald Reagan: In His Own Words" on Kindle [12/2011] by Tyler Richmond

    F a m i l y

    first wife Sarah Jane Mayfield Wyman Futterman Reagan Karger [1917-2007]
    {actress Jane Wyman} married 1940-49

    daughter Maureen Elizabeth Reagan [1941–2001]
    adopted son Michael Edward Reagan [b. 1945]
    daughter Christine Reagan [1947, lived only 2 days]

    second wife Nancy Davis Reagan [1921-2016] - married March 1952, widowed 2004
    Vox Populi fansiteWikipedia

    "Nancy Reagan: The Unauthorized Home Video" [VHS] /6302142415/
    "Biography - Nancy Reagan: President's Leading Lady Starring Nancy Reagan (2006) /B000FKP0F0/

    daughter Patricia Ann {Patti Davis} Reagan Grilley [b. 10/1952]

    son Ronald Prescott 'Ron' Reagan [b. 1958]

    L i n k s
    Reagan Foundation website for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library [open 11/1991] in Simi Valley, California
    official government website for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum
    UTexas website for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum
    Ronald Reagan entry at Wikipedia
    Ronald Reagan credits [since 1937] at Internet Movie Database
    search books on keywords 'Ronald Reagan' at Amazon
    browse books about Ronald Reagan at Amazon
    search DVDs on keywords 'Ronald Reagan' at Amazon

    C-SPAN's American Presidents site
    P.B.S. American Presidents archives
    Reagan Page at The White House Websites of the Presidents
    J.R. Howington's Presidential Trivia Page

    Online sales in association with  search DVDs on keywords 'Ronald Reagan' at Amazon

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