Ronald Reagan is Elected to Board of Directors of the Screen Actors Guild
Reagan was first elected to the Board of Directors of the Screen Actors Guild in 1941, serving as an alternate.
Following World War II, he resumed service and became 3rd Vice president in 1946. The adoption of conflict-of-interest bylaws in 1947 led the SAG president and six board members to resign; Reagan was nominated in a special election for the position of president and subsequently elected. He would subsequently be chosen by the membership to 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.
When Reagan arrived in Hollywood in 1937, many actors pressured him into joining the new Screen Actors Guild (SAG); however, Reagan didn't really have any desire to do so. It was only after hearing some of his colleagues' stories about actors who had been railroaded out of the industry that he decided to join. Within a few years, he was even appointed to SAG's board of directors to represent new actors and actresses. He realized that SAG didn't really help its famous members who already had made their way in Hollywood, but only the small actors who needed protection.