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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 6 February 1911Tampico, Illinois, USA
Date of Death 5 June 2004Bel Air, Los Angeles, California, USA  (pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease)
Birth NameRonald Wilson Reagan
Nicknames The Gipper
The Great Communicator
The Teflon President
Dutch
Ronnie
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Ronald Reagan is, arguably, the most successful actor in history, having catapulted from a career as a Warner Bros. contract player and later television star into the governorship of California and two terms as President of the United States.

The young Reagan was a staunch admirer of President Franklin D. Roosevelt (even after he evolved into a Republican) and was a Democrat in the 1940s, a self-described 'hemophilliac' liberal. He was elected president of the Screen Actors Guild in 1947 and served five years during the most tumultuous times to ever hit Hollywood. A committed anti-communist, Reagan not only fought more-militantly activist movie industry unions that he and others felt had been infiltrated by communists, but had to deal with the investigation into Hollywood's politics launched by the House Un-Amercan Activities Committee in 1947, an inquisition that lasted through the 1950s. The House Un-American Activities Committee investigations of Hollywood (which led to the jailing of the "Hollywood Ten" in the late '40s) sowed the seeds of the McCarthyism that racked Hollywood and America in the 1950s.

In 1950, U.S. Representative Helen Gahagan Douglas (D-CA), the wife of "Dutch" Reagan's friend Melvyn Douglas, ran as a Democrat for the U.S. Senate and was opposed by the Republican nominee, the Red-bating Congresman from Whittier, Richard Nixon. While Nixon did not go so far as to accuse Gahagan Douglas of being a communist herself, he did charge her with being soft on communism due to her opposition to the House Un-Amercan Activities Committee. Nixon tarred her as a "fellow traveler" of communists, a "pinko" who was "pink right down to her underwear." Gahagan Douglas was defeated by the man she was the first to call "Tricky Dicky" because of his unethical behavior and dirty campaign tactics. Reagan was on the Douglases' side during that campaign.

The Douglases, like Reagan and such other prominent actors as Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson, were liberal Democrats, supporters of the late Franklin D. Roosevelt and his New Deal, a legacy that increasingly was under attack by the right after World War II. They were NOT fellow-travelers; Melyvn Douglas had actually been an active anti-communist and was someone the communists despised. Melvyn Douglas, Robinson and Henry Fonda - a registered Republican! - wound up "gray-listed." (They weren't explicitly black-listed, they just weren't offered any work.) Reagan, who it was later revealed had been an F.B.I. informant while a union leader (turning in suspected communists), was never hurt that way, as he made S.A.G. an accomplice of the black-listing.

Reagan's career sagged after the late 1940s, and he started appearing in B-movies after he left Warners to go free-lance. However, he had a eminence grise par excellence in Lew Wasserman, his agent and the head of the Music Corp. of America. Wasserman, later called "The Pope of Hollywood," was the genius who figured out that an actor could make a killing via a tax windfall by turning himself into a corporation. The corporation, which would employ the actor, would own part of a motion picture the actor appeared in, and all monies would accrue to the corporation, which was taxed at a much lower rate than was personal income. Wasserman pioneered this tax avoidance scheme with his client James Stewart, beginning with the Anthony Mann western Winchester '73 (1950) (1950). It made Stewart enormously rich as he became a top box office draw in the 1950s after the success of "Winchester 73" and several more Mann-directed westerns, all of which he had an ownership stake in.

Ironically, Reagan became a poor-man's James Stewart in the early 1950s, appearing in westerns, but they were mostly B-pictures. He did not have the acting chops of the great Stewart, but he did have his agent. Wasserman at M.C.A. was one of the pioneers of television syndication, and this was to benefit Reagan enormously. M.C.A. was the only talent agency that was also allowed to be a producer through an exemption to union rules granted by S.A.G. when Reagan was the union president, and it used the exemption to acquire Universal International Pictures. Talent agents were not permitted to be producers as there was an inherent conflict of interest between the two professions, one of which was committed to acquiring talent at the lowest possible cost and the other whose focus was to get the best possible price for their client. When a talent agent was also a producer, like M.C.A. was, it had a habit of steering its clients to its own productions, where they were employed but at a lower price than their potential free market value. It was a system that made M.C.A. and Lew Wasserman, enormously wealthy.

The ownership of Universal and its entry into the production of television shows that were syndicated to network made M.C.A. the most successful organization in Hollywood of its time, a real cash cow as television overtook the movies as the #1 business of the entertainment industry. Wasserman repaid Ronald Reagan's largess by structuring a deal by which he hosted and owned part of General Electric Theater (1953), a western omnibus showcase that ran from 1954 to 1961. It made Reagan very comfortable financially, though it did not make him rich. That came later.

In 1960, with the election of the Democratic President John F. Kennedy, the black and gray lists went into eclipse. J.F.K. appointed Helen Gahagan Douglas Treasurer of the United States. About this time, as the civil rights movement became stronger and found more support among Democrats and the Kennedy administration, Reagan - fresh from a second stint as S.A.G. president in 1959 - was in the process of undergoing a personal and political metamorphosis into a right-wing Republican, a process that culminated with his endorsing Barry Goldwater for the Republican presidential nomination in 1964. (He narrated a Goldwater campaign film played at the G.O.P. Convention in San Francisco.) Reagan's evolution into a right-wing Republican sundered his friendship with the Douglases. (After Reagan was elected President of the United States in 1980, Melvyn Douglas said of his former friend that Reagan turned to the right after he had begun to believe the pro-business speeches he delivered for General Electric when he was the host of the "G.E. Theater.")

In 1959, while Reagan was back as a second go-round as S.A.G. president, M.C.A.'s exemption from S.A.G. regulations that forbade a talent agency from being a producer was renewed. However, in 1962, the U.S. Justice Department under Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy successfully forced M.C.A. - known as "The Octopus" in Hollywood for its monopolistic tendencies - to divest itself of its talent agency.

When Reagan was tipped by the California Republican Party to be its standard-bearer in the 1965 gubernatorial election against Democratic Governor Pat Brown, Lew Wasserman went back in action. Politics makes strange bedfellows, and though Wasserman was a liberal Democrat, having an old friend like Reagan who had shown his loyalty as S.A.G. president in the state house was good for business. Wasserman and his partner, M.C.A. Chairman Jules Styne (a Republican), helped ensure that Reagan would be financially secure for the rest of his life so that he could enter politics. (At the time, he was the host of "Death Valley Days" on TV.)

According to the Wall Street Journal, Universal sold Reagan a nice piece of land of many acres north of Santa Barbara that had been used for location shooting. Reagan then converted the property into a small fortune by selling off most of the land, keeping only a small percentage for his own ranch. Reagan won the governorship.

Ronald Reagan played many roles in his life's seven acts: radio announcer, movie star, union boss, television actor-cum-host, governor, right-wing critic of big government and President of the United States.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jon C. Hopwood

Ronald Reagan was a successful Hollywood actor who was president of the Screen Actors Guild, then turned politician and served two terms as Governor for California, then two terms as President of the United States of America.

He owned a 688 acre ranch in the Santa Ynes valley, north of Santa Barbara that had been used for location shooting Hollywood movies. The Reagans sold most of the ranch, then converted the rest of it, about 200 acres, into a magnificent estate overlooking the valley and the Pacific Ocean. The Rancho del Cielo became President Reagan's much needed counterpoint to the buzz of Washington, D.C. There, in a setting both rugged and serene, the Reagans could spend time alone or receive political leaders such as the Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher, and others.

Reagan is best known to the world for his one-liners, the most famous of them was addressed to Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987. "Mister Gorbachev, tear down this wall" said Reagan standing in front of the Berlin Wall. That call made an impact on the course of human history.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Steve Shelokhonov

Spouse (2)

Nancy Reagan (4 March 1952 - 5 June 2004) (his death) (2 children)
Jane Wyman (26 January 1940 - 28 June 1948) (divorced) (3 children)

Trivia (87)

Father of Ron Reagan and Patti Davis with Nancy Reagan.
Spouses William Holden and Brenda Marshall served as Best Man and Matron of Honor at his wedding to Nancy Reagan in 1952.
40th president of the United States (20 January 1981 - 20 January 1989).
Governor of California. Term of service: 2 January 1967 - 6 January 1975.
President of the Screen Actors Guild from 1947 to 1952 and 1959-1960.
Graduate of Eureka College (1932).
Son of John Edward Reagan and Nelle Clyde Wilson Reagan.
Was a sports announcer in Des Moines, Iowa, before becoming an actor in 1937.
Member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity.
Was presented with George Gipp's letterman's sweater by the University of Notre Dame football team on January 18, 1989, two days before leaving the White House, and his two-term Vice President, 'George Herbert Walker Bush', became President.
Was portrayed on Saturday Night Live (1975) by at least eight different actors: Chevy Chase, Randy Quaid, Charles Rocket, Harry Shearer, Robin Williams, Joe Piscopo, Phil Hartman, and Kevin Nealon.
Daughter--with first wife Jane Wyman--Maureen Reagan died on Wednesday, August 8, 2001, of malignant melanoma (skin cancer) at her Sacramento, California, home.
Younger brother of Neil Reagan (1908-1996).
When he was a young man, he had a part-time job as a lifeguard. He once had to retrieve an old man's dentures at the bottom of the pool and did so without hesitating.
On Thursday, October 11th, 2001, he became the oldest ex-president in U. S. history, surpassing the previous record-holder, of John Adams. His own record was surpassed on Sunday, November 12, 2006, by Gerald Ford.
While President of the USA, his Secret Service codename was "Rawhide".
(May 16th 2002) Awarded the United States Congressional Gold Medal for ending the "Cold War" against Russia, along with his wife Nancy Reagan, for fighting substance abuse among American youths.
When Reagan's long-time friend and first Hollywood agent, studio mogul Lew Wasserman, died on 3 June 2002, AP reported that their friendship was the subject of a controversial book called "Dark Victory: Ronald Reagan, MCA and the Mob" (1988). The book reviewed the federal investgation into the Reagan- Wasserman relationship and charges that alleged payoffs were made in the 1950s by Wasserman's mammoth MCA agency to Reagan and some of his fellow officers of the Screen Actors Guild. Ultimately, Reagan was cleared in the inquiry.
Because of his Alzheimer's disease, he was unaware that his daughter Maureen Reagan had died. Wife Nancy Reagan chose not to tell him.
Was the first guest of honor on the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts, in 1973.
Although he was 30 when the United States entered World War II, he volunteered for military service. He was turned down for combat duty due to his poor eyesight.
For two weeks in 1954, Reagan opened as a stand-up comic at the Ramona Room of the Hotel Last Frontier in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1989.
On Tuesday, March 14, 1972, during his second term as governor of California, he expunged the criminal record of country-western singer Merle Haggard, granting him a full pardon.
Influenced by the Martin Scorsese film Taxi Driver (1976), John Hinckley--the son of a prominent Republican family from Colorado--tried to assassinate Reagan in 1981 in order to impress actress Jodie Foster. Foster had won her first Oscar nomination for the film, in which Robert De Niro's character, "Travis Bickle", tried to assassinate a liberal Democratic presidential candidate to impress Betsy (Cybill Shepherd), the woman he is obsessed with. Hinckley was acquitted by a jury on reasons of insanity and (as of 2010) remains incarcerated in a psychiatric facility.
He was the first president to beat the "zero factor." Before him, every president elected in a year ending in zero (beginning with 1840) had died in office.
Originally was a very liberal member of the Democratic Party, but eventually converted to the Republican Party in 1962, when he was fifty-one. He gave a highly acclaimed speech in support of Barry Goldwater during the 1964 Presidential election.
At the time of his death he was the longest-living President of the United States, at age 93 years and 120 days. This record was broken by former President Gerald Ford on Monday, November 12, 2006. Their age difference, in days alone, was only 45 days. Reagan's lifetime lasted 34,088 days, and Ford's lasted 34,133 days.
Amidst the panic at the hospital after Reagan's assassination attempt, a Secret Service agent was asked information for Reagan's admission forms. The intern asked for Reagan's last name. The agent, who was quite surprised at the question, responded "Reagan". The intern then asked for Reagan's first name. The agent, again surprised, responded "Ronald". The intern didn't look up, instead he unassumingly asked for Reagan's address. The agent paused for a few moments in great surprise before saying "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue". That got the intern's attention.
Became the first president to have a state funeral in Washington, D.C. since Lyndon Johnson in 1973.
Had a photographic memory.
In 1978, after having served as governor of California but before running for President, Reagan came out against The Briggs Initiative, a ballot initiative introduced by a right-wing Republican state senator named John Briggs, which would have made it illegal for homosexuals to be employed as teachers in the California school system. Reagan strongly and vocally opposed the measure, saying that it infringed upon basic human rights and bordered on being unconstitutional. He is largely credited for turning public opinion against the measure and it was defeated in the election.
He never actually broadcast Cubs games, he re-created them from telegraph reports while working for Des Moines radio station WHO in the 1930s. He demonstrated the technique of making it sound like he was actually at the games to Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray when he made a guest appearance during part of a Cubs telecast in the 1980s.
He was offered, a role, in animation, of a guest appearance and an off screen voice, on The Simpsons (1989), but refused their offer.
In the film, American Beauty (1999), the Fitts family (Chris Cooper, Allison Janney and Wes Bentley) can be seen watching one of Reagan's wartime films, This Is the Army (1943).
He played Chicago Cubs hurler Grover Cleveland Alexander in the film, The Winning Team (1952). He also served temporarily, as a broadcaster for WGN Radio, which broadcasts Cubs baseball games.
A month after his death, items from his burial and week-long public viewing were selling fast on the online auction site eBay. The company has sold 780 pieces of Reagan funeral memorabilia since June 11, 2004, for a total of $66,000. The items range from programs (sold for up to $1,525 each) from the interment at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA, to gratitude cards given to mourners who visited his casket.
Pictured on a 60¢ memorial postage stamp issued by the Republic of the Marshall Islands 4 July, 2004, the first memorial to be issued in his honor.
The first President since Dwight D. Eisenhower to serve two full terms in office.
The former President was buried at his presidential library in Simi Valley, California.
Only United States President to have appeared in a shirt advertisement.
Pictured on a USA 37¢ commemorative postage stamp issued 9 February 2005. When the first-class letter rate was raised to 39¢ in January 2006, the US Postal Service received an unprecedented number of requests to reissue the stamp at the higher value. The 39¢ postage stamp was issued on 14 June 2006, using the same design as the earlier stamp.
He was the first former American president to die in the 21st century.
Rumored studio publicity claimed that he was scheduled to play Rick Blaine in Casablanca (1942); however, this was never the case.
His first bid for the Presidency was actually in 1968, when he finished 3rd in the balloting at the GOP national convention behind Richard Nixon and Nelson Rockefeller. As the Constitution, in practical terms, forbids the president and vice president from being from the same state (a rule that binds the electoral college), Reagan was not considered for the vice presidency when Spiro Agnew resigned in 1973. Besides, though Reagan supported his fellow Californian Nixon for president, the two were never close. In 1976, he challenged incumbent Gerald Ford (the man whom Nixon appointed Vice President to replace Agnew) for the Republican nomination, won several primaries, but narrowly lost the nomination at the convention. Though Ford confided in people he was considering a run for the presidency in 1980 to forestall Reagan's ascendancy, he never did and Reagan won the nomination and the presidency.
Received more electoral votes than any other president in history, winning by 525 (out of 538) in his 1984 re-election campaign when he racked up 49 of 50 states in beating Jimmy Carter's vice president Walter Mondale.
Was considered to be the most conservative United States President since Herbert Hoover.
Member of the Eureka College cheerleading squad.
His last public appearance was at Richard Nixon's funeral in April 1994.
Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS).
knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, received an honorary British knighthood, Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath. This entitled him to the use of the post-nominal letters GCB, but did not entitle him to be known as "Sir Ronald Reagan". [June 1989]
During the 1980 Presidential campaign, incumbent President Jimmy Carter publicly criticized Reagan for launching his campaign with a speech on states' rights in Philadelphia, Mississippi, the site of the 1964 murder of three civil rights workers immortalized in the film Mississippi Burning (1988). Carter, a former governor of the Deep South state of Georgia who had run as a racial moderate in 1970, noted that the phrase "states' rights" was a code word for segregation, as Southerners opposed to federally mandated integration of the races under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 claimed that such mandates "violated" state laws and local customs and were unconstitutional abrogations of the rights of their states to police themselves. Reagan, who had used his opposition to state equal housing laws to defeat Gov. Edmund G. Brown in the 1965 California governor's race, disavowed any racist intent and the issue was ignored by most voters and pundits.
After his presidency he and Nancy Reagan moved to 666 St. Cloud Road in Bel Air, California which Ronald lived in until his death. Nancy had the address changed from 666 to 668 due to the fact 666 is known as the devil's number. The house is down the street from 805 St. Cloud Road, the house used in the TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990).
While as an actor he is thought of mostly as a Western/Action-Adventure star, his two best-remembered lines were from straight dramatic roles and delivered while he was flat on his back in bed, his character either dying or horribly crippled: "Win just one more for the Gipper!" in Knute Rockne All American (1940) and "Where's the rest of me?" in Kings Row (1942).
His famous nickname "The Great Communicator", was not earned but was requested. Reagan asked for it during his farewell address in 1989.
His state funeral service took place on the 25th anniversary of the death of his close friend and ally John Wayne.
Spent World War II making Army training films for Hal Roach Studios.
Reagan and his wife Nancy were close friends of Rock Hudson, whose death in 1985 spurred the President to provide funds for AIDS research.
His closest friend in Hollywood was Robert Taylor.
Reagan was the first "true blue" conservative to win the Republican nomination and be elected President since Calvin Coolidge in 1924.
Underwent hip replacement surgery in January 2001.
Although Reagan did not formally become a Republican until 1962, he never endorsed a Democrat after Helen Gahagan 1950 and voted for Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952. He also actively campaigned for Richard Nixon in the 1960 presidential election.
Continued to play golf with several friends including Bob Hope and Kevin Costner until 1996.
The oldest man to serve as US President, he took office only 17 days before his 70th birthday and left office 17 days before his 78th. He was, in fact, older than four of the previous five presidents: John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Jimmy Carter.
Emceed the first PATSY Awards show (1951) where Francis the Talking Mule was the very first winner. PATSY is an acronym for: Picture Animal Top Star of the Year.
As Captain in the U.S. Army, Reagan signed Major Clark Gable's discharge papers in June 1944.
He was of Irish descent on his father's side, and of Scottish and English descent on his mother's side. His paternal grandfather, John Michael Reagan, was born in Peckham, co. Kent, England, to Irish parents, and his paternal grandmother, Jennie Cusick, was born in Dixon, Illinois, also to Irish parents. His maternal grandfather, Thomas Wilson, also an Illinois native, was of Scottish descent (partly by way of Canada), and his maternal grandmother, Mary Ann Elsey, was English, from Epsom, co. Surrey. His paternal great-grandfather, Michael Regan, emigrated to the US from Ballyporeen, Ireland, in the 1860s. Ballyporeen, a tiny rural farming town in County Tipperary, is located in the south-central part of the country and its inhabitants are frequently referred to as "Midlanders". The Regans were one of three primary families, or "clans", that populated St. Mary's Parish in the village of Ballyporeen. The Ronald Reagan Visitors Centre was built down the street from St. Mary's Church following his visit to his ancestral home in the mid-1980s. Ironically, the spelling of the family name Regan was changed to Reagan after they arrived in the US.
Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 446-452. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
Honored world champion surfer David Nuuhiwa with a gold medal for Merit.
Although Reagan advertised cigarettes during his time in Hollywood, he is believed never to have taken up the habit in real life. Some early photographs show him holding a pipe, but it never seems to have been lit. In later life he was very anti-smoking, especially since his best friend Robert Taylor died of lung cancer at the age of 57, and his older brother Neil Reagan lost a vocal chord in cancer surgery.
Only US President to head a labor union (as president of the Screen Actors Guild 1947-1952/1959-1960).
To date (2013), first (and only) divorced US President (from Jane Wyman in 1948).
Longtime friend of Fess Parker.
Both of his children with Nancy Reagan, Ron Reagan and Patti Davis, became liberal Democrats.
The first US President since John F. Kennedy to die before his predecessor.
Erroneously attributed the "Ten Cannots" to Abraham Lincoln during the 1992 Republican National Convention ("You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong, etc.") Lincoln has been widely and inaccurately credited with the list, but it was actually written by Rev. William J.H. Boetcker in 1916, over 60 years after Lincoln's assassination. Maryland Lieutenant Governor (and future RNC chairman) Michael Steele made the same mistake during his speech to the 2004 Republican Convention.
Pictured on a nondenominated 'forever' USA commemorative postage stamp issued 10 February 2011, four days after the 100th anniversary of his birth. The original issue price was 44¢.
Reagan and Jane Wyman had a daughter Christine who was born June 26, 1947, and lived 9 hours.
As a child, Reagan's daughter Patti Davis hated political talk so much that whenever politics came up at the dinner table she would deliberately fall out of her seat. This always changed the topic.
Inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2011.
He hosted Warren Beatty at the White House for a screening of the latter's film Reds (1981). Despite their vast political differences, Reagan and Beatty were old friends as Hollywood actors.
Was a Boy Scout.
Richard Nixon may have been the only US President to have actually met Elvis Presley, but Reagan's daughter Maureen Reagan appeared with Presley in Kissin' Cousins (1964).
While married to actress Jane Wyman, the couple resided at 9137 Cordell Drive in Los Angeles (CA). The estate, built in 1942, fetched $8.5 million when sold in September 2012.
Favorite film was High Noon (1952).
Mentioned in the lyrics of the Sting song "Russians". Released in 1985 while Reagan was President, the song is about the escalating tensions of the Cold War and was a critique of the way politicians on both sides were refusing to back down. It includes the line "Mr. Reagan says we will protect you, I don't subscribe to this point of view".

Personal Quotes (61)

[at the Berlin Wall, 1987] Mr. Gorbachev [Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev], tear down this wall!
The best view of government is seen on a rear view mirror as one is driving away from it.
[in the 1980 campaign] Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. Recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his.
[1964] I love three things in life: drama, politics and sports and I'm not sure they always come in that order.
[1980] I remember some of my own views when I was quite young. For heaven's sake, I was even a Democrat!
[to his wife after the assassination attempt] Honey, I forgot to duck.
[to his doctors prior to going in the surgery room after being shot] I hope all of you are Republicans.
[semi-consciously, to the nurse who hauled him on the gurney] Does Nancy [wife Nancy Reagan] know about us?
[1980] I know what it's like to pull the Republican lever for the first time, because I used to be a Democrat myself, and I can tell you it only hurts for a minute and then it feels just great.
[1985] I've been criticized for going over the heads of the Congress. So, what's the fuss? A lot of things go over their heads.
America is too great to dream small dreams.
[from the Alzheimer's letter] I now begin the journey that will lead me to the sunset of my life. I know that for America, there will always be a bright dawn ahead.
Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards; if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans.
Government is not the solution to our problems. Government IS the problem!
[in a 1984 debate, referring to Walter Mondale] I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience.
All the waste in a year from a nuclear power plant can be stored under a desk.
Fascism was really the basis for the New Deal.
[on Vietnam] I have a feeling that we are doing better in the war than the people have been told.
[Carmel, CA, June 1990] You may think this a little mystical, and I've said it many times before, but I believe there was a Divine Plan to place this great continent here between the two oceans to be found by peoples from every corner of the earth. I believe we were preordained to carry the torch of freedom for the world.
I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency - even if I'm in a Cabinet meeting.
[During a microphone check on August 11 1984, unaware that he was being broadcast] My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.
Trees cause more pollution than automobiles.
They say hard work never hurt anybody, but I figure why take the chance.
Well, I learned a lot . . . I went down to Latin America to find out from them and [learn] their views. You'd be surprised. They're all individual countries.
We are trying to get unemployment to go up and I think we're going to succeed.
When I go in for a physical, they no longer ask how old I am. They just carbon-date me.
[from a 1950s interview] Nobody ever "went Hollywood". They were already that way when they got here. Hollywood just brought it out in them.
Approximately 80% of our air pollution stems from hydrocarbons released by vegetation, so let's not go overboard in setting and enforcing tough emission standards.
Abortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born.
Tonight is a very special night, although at my age, every night is a special night.
[His opinion of the Klingon warriors he saw during a visit to the set of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987)] I like them. They remind me of Congress.
[During his re-election campaign in 1984] America's future rests in a thousand dreams inside our hearts; it rests in the message of hope in songs of a man so many young Americans admire: New Jersey's own Bruce Springsteen. And helping you make your dreams come true is what this job of mine is all about.
[confirming his 1984 re-election victory to the crowd chanting "Four more years"] I think that's just been arranged.
A few months ago I told the American people I did not trade arms for hostages. My heart and my best intentions still tell me that's true, but the facts and the evidence tell me it is not.
I can't do a damn thing until I'm elected!
If I could paraphrase a well-known statement by Will Rogers that he never met a man he didn't like, I'm afraid we have some people around here who never met a tax they didn't like.
[at the 1980 presidential debate, when Jimmy Carter accused him of opposing Medicare] There you go again.
[from his Presidential Farewell Address] I've spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don't know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That's how I saw it, and see it still.
[on Bill Clinton] This fellow they've nominated claims he's the new Thomas Jefferson. Well, let me tell you something: I knew Thomas Jefferson. He was a friend of mine. And governor, you're no Thomas Jefferson.
Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.
If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.
The taxpayer: that's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination.
No arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.
[Notre Dame University. 17 May, 1981] The years ahead will be great ones for our country, for the cause of freedom and the spread of civilization. The West will not contain Communism, it will transcend Communism. We will not bother to denounce it, we'll dismiss it as a sad, bizarre chapter in human history whose last pages are even now being written.
Film is forever. I've been trapped in some film forever myself.
Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to understand that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
It isn't that liberals are ignorant. It's just that they know so much that isn't so.
The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved good-bye and "slipped the surly bonds of earth" to "touch the face of God."
Freedom and Security go together.
Whatever else history may say about me when I'm gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears; to your confidence rather than your doubts. My dream is that you will travel the road ahead with liberty's lamp guiding your steps and opportunity's arm steadying your way. Speech at the Republican National Convention, Aug. 17, 1992.
I know in my heart that man is good, and that what's right will always - eventually - triumph. And that there's purpose and worth to each and every life.
Status quo, you know is Latin for "the mess we're in".
[To Warren Beatty] I don't know how anybody can serve in public office without being an actor.
All great change in America starts at the dinner table.
Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: if it moves, tax it; if it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
Republicans believe every day is the fourth of July, but the Democrats believe every day is April the 15th.
We have some hippies in California. For those of you who don't know what a hippie is, he's a fellow who has hair like Tarzan, who walks like Jane and who smells like Cheetah.
We can't help everyone but everyone can help someone.
Economists are people who wonder if what works in reality can also work in theory.
Government is a like a baby: an alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.

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Love Is on the Air (1937) $200/week
Swing Your Lady (1938) $200/week
Prisoner of War (1954) $30,000

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