The Best Ronald Reagan Movies and Biography

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John Loves Mary

Ronald Reagan, Patricia Neal

Released: 1949

Directed by: David Butler

John Loves Mary is a 1949 film directed by David Butler. It stars Ronald Reagan, Patricia Neal and Jack Carson. This was Patricia Neal’s film debut. Based on Broadway play John Loves Mary..

14.Hell’s Kitchen

Ronald Reagan, William Forsythe

Released: 1939

Directed by: E. A. Dupont, Lewis Seiler

Hell’s Kitchen is a 1939 thriller Warner Bros. film starring Ronald Reagan and The Dead End

13.Storm Warning

Ronald Reagan, Doris Day

Released: 1951

Directed by: Stuart Heisler

Storm Warning is a 1951 American thriller, directed by Stuart Heisler, and featuring Ginger Rogers, Ronald Reagan, Doris Day and Steve Cochran. Lauren Bacall was originally cast in the..

12.This Is the Army

Ronald Reagan, Joe Louis

Released: 1943

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

This Is the Army is a 1943 American wartime musical comedy film produced by Hal B. Wallis and Jack L. Warner, and directed by Michael Curtiz, adapted from a wartime stage musical wit..

11.The Killers

Ronald Reagan, Angie Dickinson

Released: 1964

Directed by: Don Siegel

The Killers, released in the UK as Ernest Hemingway’s “The Killers”, is a 1964 crime film directed by Don Siegel, starring Lee Marvin, John Cassavetes, Angie Dickinson and Ronald Reagan, and…

10.Desperate Journey

Ronald Reagan, Errol Flynn

Released: 1942

Directed by: Raoul Walsh

Desperate Journey is a 1942 American World War II action and aviation film starring Errol Flynn and Ronald Reagan, directed by Raoul Walsh. The supporting cast includes Raymond Massey..

9.Hellcats of the Navy

Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan

Released: 1957

Directed by: Nathan H. Juran

Hellcats of the Navy is a World War II submarine movie starring Ronald Reagan and his wife, billed as Nancy Davis, her then professional name. Married since 1952, this was the only film in..

8.Santa Fe Trail

Ronald Reagan, Olivia de Havilland

Released: 1940

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

Santa Fe Trail is a 1940 American western film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Raymond Massey and Ronald Reagan. Written by Robert Buckner, the..

7.Cowboy from Brooklyn

Ronald Reagan, Ann Sheridan

Released: 1938

Directed by: Lloyd Bacon

Cowboy from Brooklyn is a 1938 American musical comedy film starring Pat O’Brien, Dick Powell, Priscilla Lane, Ann Sheridan and the future US President Ronald Reagan..

6.The Winning Team

Ronald Reagan, Doris Day

Released: 1952

Directed by: Lewis Seiler

The Winning Team is a 1952 biographical film directed by Lewis Seiler. It is a fictionalized biography of the life of major league pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander starring Ronald Reagan..

5.Cattle Queen of Montana

Ronald Reagan, Barbara Stanwyck

Released: 1954

Directed by: Allan Dwan

Cattle Queen of Montana is a 1954 American Western film directed by Allan Dwan and starring Barbara Stanwyck and Ronald Reagan. The supporting cast includes Jack Elam, Chubby…

4.Tennessee’s Partner

Ronald Reagan, Angie Dickinson

Released: 1955

Directed by: Allan Dwan

Tennessee’s Partner is a Western film starring Ronald Reagan in what Peter Bogdanovich called his “most likeable performance.” It co-starred John Payne as Tennessee. It was directed by Allan..

3.Dark Victory

Ronald Reagan, Bette Davis

Released: 1939

Directed by: Edmund Goulding

Dark Victory is a 1939 American drama film directed by Edmund Goulding, starring Bette Davis and featuring George Brent, Humphrey Bogart, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ronald Reagan, Henry..

2.Knute Rockne, All American

Ronald Reagan, Brian Keith

Released: 1940

Directed by: William K. Howard, Lloyd Bacon

Knute Rockne, All American is a 1940 biographical film which tells the story of Knute Rockne, Notre Dame football coach. It stars Pat O’Brien portraying the role of Rockne and Ronald..

1.Kings Row

Ronald Reagan, Claude Rains

Released: 1942

Directed by: Sam Wood

Kings Row is a 1942 film starring Ann Sheridan, Robert Cummings, and Ronald Reagan that tells a story of young people growing up in a small American town at the turn of the twentieth…

Biography

Ronald Reagan (1911-2004), a former actor and California governor, served as the 40th president from 1981 to 1989. Raised in small-town Illinois, he became a Hollywood actor in his 20s and later served as the Republican governor of California from 1967 to 1975. Dubbed the Great Communicator, the affable Reagan became a popular two-term president. He cut taxes, increased defense spending, negotiated a nuclear arms reduction agreement with the Soviets and is credited with helping to bring a quicker end to the Cold War. Reagan, who survived a 1981 assassination attempt, died at age 93 after battling Alzheimer’s disease.
Ronald Wilson Reagan was born on February 6, 1911, in Tampico, Illinois, to Edward “Jack” Reagan (1883-1941), a shoe salesman, and Nelle Wilson Reagan (1883-1962). The family, which included older son Neil Reagan (1908-1996), resided in an apartment that lacked indoor plumbing and running water and was located along the small town’s main street. Reagan’s father nicknamed him Dutch as a baby, saying he resembled “a fat little Dutchman.”

Ronald Reagan’s Movies and Marriages

In 1937, while in Southern California to cover the Chicago Cubs’ spring training season, Ronald Reagan did a screen test for the Warner Brothers movie studio. The studio signed him to a contract, and that same year he made his film debut in “Love is on the Air,” playing a radio news reporter. Over the next three decades he appeared in more than 50 movies. Among his best-known roles was that of Notre Dame football star George Gipp in the 1940 biographical film “Knute Rockne All American.” In the movie, Reagan’s famous line–which he is still remembered for–was “Win one for the Gipper.” Another notable role was in 1942 in “Kings Row,” in which Reagan portrayed an accident victim who wakes up to discover his legs have been amputated and cries out, “Where’s the rest of me?” (Reagan used this line as the title of his 1965 autobiography.)

In 1940, Reagan married actress Jane Wyman (1917-2007), with whom he had daughter Maureen (1941-2001) and an adopted son, Michael (1945-). The couple divorced in 1948. In 1952, he married actress Nancy Davis (1921-). The pair had two children, Patricia (1952-) and Ronald (1958-).

During World War II (1939-1945), Reagan was disqualified from combat duty due to poor eyesight and spent his time in the Army making training films.

From 1947 to 1952, and from 1959 to 1960, he served as president of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), during which time he testified in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). From 1954 to 1962, he hosted the weekly television drama series “The General Electric Theater.” In this role, he toured the United States as a public relations representative for General Electric, giving pro-business talks in which he spoke out against too much government control and wasteful spending, central themes of his future political career.

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