Ronald Reagan

Lowest Rated: 63% Desperate Journey (1942)
Birthday: Feb 6, 1911
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.


Highest Rated Movies



81% Hesburgh Actor 2019
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
87% 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
88% 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
89% Hearts and Minds Actor 1975
No Score Yet Patton: Old Blood and Guts Narrator 1970
79% 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
No Score Yet Naughty But Nice Ed Clark 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


No Score Yet American Experience
  • 1998
No Score Yet In Performance at the White House