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Ronald Reagan

Highest Rated:   100% California Company Town (2008)
Lowest Rated:   63% Desperate Journey (1942)
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Birthplace:   Tampico, Illinois, USA
It is a fairly safe assumption that if not for a career change which, ironically enough, took him out of the motion picture industry, Ronald Reagan would not rank among Hollywood's best-known stars; a genial if not highly skilled actor, he made few memorable films, and even then he rarely left much of a lasting impression. Of course, in 1980 Reagan became the President of the United States, and with his political ascendancy came a flurry of new interest in his film career. His acting work -- especially the infamous Bedtime for Bonzo -- became the subject of much discussion, the majority of it highly satirical. Still, there is no denying that he enjoyed a long and prolific movie career. Moreover, he remains among the first and most famous actors to make the move into politics, a trend which grew more and more prevalent in the wake of his rise to power.Born February 6, 1911, in Tampico, IL, Ronald Wilson Reagan began his acting career while studying economics at Eureka College. He broke into show business as a sportscaster at a Des Moines, IA, radio station, and from there assumed the position of play-by-play announcer for the Chicago Cubs. By the mid-'30s, he relocated to Hollywood, signing with Warner Bros. in 1937 and making his screen debut later that year in Love Is on the Air. Reagan made over a dozen more films over the course of the next two years, almost all of them B-movies. In 1939, however, he won a prominent role in the Bette Davis tearjerker Dark Victory, a performance which greatly increased his visibility throughout the Hollywood community. It helped him win his most famous role, as the ill-fated Notre Dame football hero George Gipp in the 1940 film biography Knute Rockne: All American. At the film's climax he delivered the immortal line "Win one for the Gipper!," an oft-quoted catchphrase throughout his White House tenure.In 1940, Reagan married actress Jane Wyman, with whom he had two children. The following year, he co-starred in Sam Wood's acclaimed Kings Row, arguably his most accomplished picture. During World War II, he served as a non-combative captain in the Army Air Corps, producing a number of training films. Upon returning to Hollywood in 1947, he began a five-year term as president of the Screen Actors Guild, a position he again assumed in 1959. It was during this period that Reagan, long a prominent liberal voice in Hollywood politics, became embroiled in McCarthy-era battles over communism in the film industry, and gradually his views shifted from the left to the right. He also continued appearing in films and in 1950 co-starred in the well-received melodrama The Hasty Heart. A year later, Reagan accepted perhaps his most notorious role, in Bedtime for Bonzo, in which he portrayed a college professor who befriends his test subject, a chimpanzee; throughout his political career, the picture was the butt of a never-ending series of jokes. During the 1950s, Reagan freelanced among a variety of studios. Still, his film career began to wane, and in 1954 he began an eight-year stint as the host of the television series General Electric Theater. Among Reagan's final film appearances was 1957's Hellcats of the Navy, where he appeared with actress Nancy Davis, his second wife. He did not make another film prior to narrating 1961's The Young Doctors, and with 1964's remake of The Killers, he effectively ended his performing career. That same year he entered politics, actively campaigning for Republican Presidential candidate Barry Goldwater. In 1966, Reagan was elected Governor of California, and over the course of his eight-year gubernatorial stint emerged as one of the Republican party's most powerful and well-recognized voices. In 1976, Reagan ran against Gerald Ford in the Republican Presidential primary, but was unsuccessful; four years later, however, he defeated Jimmy Carter to become the nation's 40th President. The rest, as they say, is history.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Ronald Reagan: The Life And Legacy
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Ronald Reagan: An American Journey
  • Actor
2010
93% Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story
  • Actor
2008
100% California Company Town
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet The U.S. Air Force Story
  • Actor
2008
88% War Made Easy
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet How It Was: The Shooting of Ronald Reagan
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Our Stars & The Little God
  • Actor
2006
88% Maxed Out
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Greatest Presidents of the United States
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Ronald Reagan: An American Legend
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Ronald Reagan: His Life and Times
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Ronald Reagan - The Great Communicator
  • Actor
2004
87% Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst
  • Actor
$22.9k 2004
100% Hearts and Minds
  • Actor
2004
86% Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet President Ronald Reagan: The Great Speeches
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet NBC News Presents: Ronald Reagan
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet We Take New Guinea
  • Narrator
2003
75% Hell's Highway: The True Story of Highway Safety Films
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Salute to Reagan: A President's Greatest Moments
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Ronald Reagan: A Legacy Remembered
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Ronald Reagan: His Life and Legacy
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Presidential Bloopers
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Tribute to Ronald Reagan
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Wisecracks
  • Actor
1993
100% Berkeley in the Sixties
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Stand-Up Reagan
  • Actor
1989
100% Roger & Me
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Ronald Reagan: An American President
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Reagan Years: In Pursuit of the American Dream
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Rockin' Ronnie
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet The 1984 Firecracker 400: The Unbreakable Record
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet D-Day: The Great Crusade
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Seeing Red: Stories of American Communists
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet Star Bloopers
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Patton: Old Blood and Guts
  • Narrator
1970
78% The Killers
  • Browning
1964
No Score Yet The Young Doctors
  • Narrator
1961
No Score Yet Hellcats of the Navy
  • Comdr. Casey Adams
1957
No Score Yet Tennessee's Partner
  • The Sidekick
1955
No Score Yet Prisoner of War
  • Webb Sloane
1954
No Score Yet Jungle Trap
  • Actor
1954
No Score Yet Cattle Queen of Montana
  • Farrell
1954
No Score Yet Law and Order
  • Frame Johnson
1953
No Score Yet Hong Kong
  • Jeff Williams
1952
No Score Yet The Winning Team
  • Grover Cleveland Alexander
1952
No Score Yet Fight for the White House
  • Actor
1952
No Score Yet She's Working Her Way Through College
  • John Palmer
1952
67% Bedtime for Bonzo
  • Prof. Peter Boyd
1951
No Score Yet The Last Outpost
  • Vance Britten
1951
No Score Yet Storm Warning
  • Burt Rainey
1951
No Score Yet It's a Great Feeling
  • Himself
1949
No Score Yet The Hasty Heart
  • The Yank
1949
No Score Yet Night Unto Night
  • John
1949
No Score Yet The Girl From Jones Beach
  • Bob Randolph/Robert Venerik
1949
No Score Yet John Loves Mary
  • John Lawrence
1949
No Score Yet The Voice of the Turtle
  • Sergeant Bill Page
1947
No Score Yet That Hagen Girl
  • Tom Bates
1947
No Score Yet Stallion Road
  • Larry Hanrahan
1947
No Score Yet The Stilwell Road
  • Narrator
1945
No Score Yet Combat America
  • Actor
1944
No Score Yet This Is the Army
  • Johnny Jones
1943
No Score Yet Nostalgia World War II Video Library, Vol. 9
  • Actor
1943
No Score Yet Cadet Classification
  • Actor
1943
No Score Yet Nostalgia World War II Video Library, Vol. 4
  • Actor
1943
No Score Yet Juke Girl
  • Steve Talbot
1942
63% Desperate Journey
  • Flying Officer Johnny Hammond
1942
100% Kings Row
  • Drake McHugh
1942
No Score Yet Nine Lives Are Not Enough
  • Steve Talbot
1941
No Score Yet Million Dollar Baby
  • Peter Rowan
1941
No Score Yet Tugboat Annie Sails Again
  • Eddie Kent
1940
No Score Yet Murder in the Air
  • Brass Bancroft
1940
No Score Yet An Angel From Texas
  • Marty Allen
1940
No Score Yet Brother Rat and a Baby (Baby Be Good)
  • Dan Crawford
1940
No Score Yet Santa Fe Trail
  • George Custer
1940
83% Knute Rockne---All American
  • George Gipp
1940
No Score Yet Hell's Kitchen
  • Jim Donohue
1939
86% Dark Victory
  • Alec Hamin
1939
No Score Yet Secret Service of the Air
  • Lt. "Brass" Bancroft
1939
No Score Yet Going Places
  • Jack Withering
1939
No Score Yet Brother Rat
  • Dan Crawford
1938
67% Boy Meets Girl
  • Announcer
1938
No Score Yet The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse
  • Announcer
1938
No Score Yet Cowboy from Brooklyn
  • Pat Dunn
1938
No Score Yet Accidents Will Happen
  • Eric Gregg
1938
No Score Yet Swing Your Lady
  • Jack Miller
1938
No Score Yet Sergeant Murphy
  • Pvt. Dennis Reilley
1938
No Score Yet Hollywood Hotel
  • Radio Announcer
1937
No Score Yet Submarine D-1
  • Bit Part
1937
No Score Yet Love Is on the Air
  • Andy McLeod
1937

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Appearing
  • 1998
No Score Yet In Performance at the White House
2010-2016
  • Host

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