Ronald Wilson Reagan was an American actor and politician. He was the 40th President of the United States. Prior to his presidency, he served as the 33rd Governor of California. More
Born in Tampico, Illinois, and raised in Dixon, Reagan was educated at Eureka College, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and sociology. After graduating, Reagan moved first to Iowa to work as a radio broadcaster and then, in 1937, to Los Angeles where he began a career as an actor, first in films and later television. Some of his most notable films include Knute Rockne, All American, Kings Row, and Bedtime for Bonzo. Reagan served as President of the Screen Actors Guild and later as a spokesman for General Electric; his start in politics occurred during his work for GE. Originally he was a member of the Democratic Party, but his positions began shifting rightward in the 1950s, and 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 and in 1976, but won both the nomination and general election in 1980, defeating incumbent Jimmy Carter.
Ronald Reagan timeline
Ronald Reagan is Born
Ronald Reagan was born in an apartment above the local bank building in Tampico, Illinois, on February 6, 1911, to John Edward "Jack" Reagan and... Read more
The Reagan Family Returns to Tampico, IL
The H.C. Pitney Variety Store Building is a commercial building in downtown Tampico, Illinois, United States. The building was constructed in 1900... Read more
The Reagan Family Moves to Dixon, IL
The Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home is the house located at 816 South Hennepin Street, Dixon, Illinois, in which the late former President of the United... Read more
Ronald Reagan is Baptized at His Mother's Disciples of Christ Church
Reagan's father, Jack, was a lapsed Catholic. Ronald's brother Neil was baptized into the Roman Catholic Church but Ronald was baptized into the... Read more
Ronald Reagan Enters Dixon's Northside High School
From 1945 until he entered the political arena in 1965 Ronald Reagan continued his movie career. He had actually had some political experience... Read more
Ronald Reagan Takes Job as Lifeguard
During a recent interview on "60 Minutes" about his Ronald Reagan biography, "Dutch", author Edmond Morris commented that Reagan loved being a... Read more
"Dixon Daily Telegraph" Front Page Headline Reads: "Ronald Reagan Saves Drowning Man."
"Dixon Daily Telegraph" front page headline reads: "Ronald Reagan saves drowning man." By the time he leaves his job, after seven summers, the... Read more
Ronald Reagan Attends Eureka College
In the fall of 1928 Ronald Reagan, from Dixon, Ill., enrolled as a freshman at Eureka College. He became an active participant in many phases of... Read more
Ronald Reagan Becomes Leader in Strike at Eureka College
Ronald Reagan spoke publicly and became a leader in a student strike movement on the Eureka College campus. After successfully staging a five-day... Read more
Ronald Reagan Wins Award for Performance in "Aria da Capo"
His mother taught him to read before entering elementary school. He was a good student in high school and a star athlete, playing on the football,... Read more
Ronald Reagan Graduates from Eureka College
"Dutch," as the boy was called, was president of Dixon High School's student council. He worked his way through small Eureka College in Eureka,... Read more
Ronald Reagan Finds Radio Work
After graduating from Eureka in 1932, Reagan drove himself to Iowa, where he auditioned for a job at many small-town radio stations. The University... Read more
Ronald Reagan Earns Seven-Year Contract with Warner Brothers Studios
While traveling with the Cubs in California, Reagan took a screen test in 1937 that led to a seven-year contract with Warner Brothers studios. He... Read more
Ronald Reagan Enlists in the Army Enlisted Reserve
After completing fourteen home-study Army Extension Courses, Reagan enlisted in the Army Enlisted Reserve on April 29, 1937, as a private... Read more
Ronald Reagan Makes First Film Debut as Andy McCaine in "Love Is On the Air"
Love is on the Air is a 1937 film directed by Nick Grinde. The film stars Eddie Acuff, Robert Barrat, Raymond Hatton, Willard Parker and Ronald... Read more
Ronald Reagan Appears in "Boy Meets Girl"
Boy Meets Girl (1938) is a perfect example of why Warners' contract actors and directors were called The Warner Bros. Stock Company. The film... Read more
Ronald Reagan Appears as Jack Withering in "Going Places"
Dick Powell and Anita Louise are the nominal stars of the horse-racing comedy Going Places (1938), but Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong steals the show as... Read more
Ronald Reagan Appears at Private Dennis Reilley in "Sergeant Murphy"
Private Dennis Reilly has followed his horse, Sergeant Murphy, into the army and when Murphy is transferred to the cavalry, Dennis transfers also.... Read more
Ronald Reagan Appears as Jack Miller in Swing Your Lady
Wrestler Joe Skopapolous, together with his manager, Ed, and his trainers, Popeye and Shiner, arrives in a small town in the Ozarks hoping to... Read more
Ronald Reagan Appears in "Hollywood Hotel"
Hollywood Hotel is a 1937 American film, directed by Busby Berkeley. It stars Dick Powell, Rosemary Lane, Lola Lane, and Ted Healy. Ronald Reagan... Read more
Ronald Reagan Appears as Eric Gregg in "Accidents Will Happen"
Insurance investigator Eric Gregg shows great promise, but he is not advancing fast enough in his career to suit his wife Nona. Eric's shrewd... Read more
Ronald Reagan Appears as Pat Dunn in "Cowboy from Brooklyn"
Cowboy from Brooklyn is a 1938 American film. Ronald Reagan starred in the film. Plot Singer Elly Jordan, a Brooklyn man who is terrified... Read more
Ronald Reagan Appears in "The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse"
The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse is a 1938 Warner Bros. crime film starring Edward G. Robinson, Claire Trevor and Humphrey Bogart. It was directed by... Read more
Ronald Reagan Appears as Neil Dillon in "Girl on Probation"
Warner Bros.' Girls on Probation was, and is, a potboiler, redeemed slightly by its cast. The fascinating, underused Jane Bryan stars as innocent... Read more
Ronald Reagan Appears as Dan Crawford in "Brother Rat"
Billy Randolph, Dan Crawford, and Bing Edwards are roommates at the Virginia Military Institute, known as the West Point of the South. Billy is in... Read more