Ronald Reagan, an American politician, served the country as the 40th president of the United States (1981- 1989). He became the highly influential voice of modern conservatism. And before he got into the presidency, he became a Hollywood actor and then a union leader for serving as the 33rd governor of California (1967- 1975).
His acting career
He started his career in the entertainment industry in Des Moines, Iowa as a radio announcer for the baseball games. In the year 1937, while he was in Southern California to cover the Chicago Cub’s spring training season, he tried his hand in acting. He went to give a screen test for a Warner Brother’s movie. The studios made him sign a contract with them, and he debuted in his first film, “Love is on the Air” in the same year. He played the role of a radio news reporter in the movie and starred with multiple famous faces like June Travis, Eddies Acuff, and many more.
Then, he kept working in the same filed for over three decades and appeared in more than 50 movies, including Dark Victory, King’s Row, Santa Fe Trail, and many more.
Throughout his acting career, his mother supported him the most and also replied to all his fan mails on Ronald’s behalf.
His best works
He was quite a commendable actor, and one of his best-known roles was that of Notre Dame football star George Gipp in the biographical film – “Knute Rockne All American (1940)”. His famous lines from the film – Win one for the Gipper, is still remembered by the people.
Another most famous role of Ronald was in the movie – Kings Row (1942), in which he played as an accident victim who, after waking up, discovers that his legs have amputated. And the film has a very popular line – “Where is the rest of me?” It became the title of his autobiography (1965).
The story after 1942
Two months after the release of the King’s Row, he received a government order to active his duties with the U.S. Army in San Francisco. After that, he never got a chance to regain his star status in motion films.
But during the post-war time, after leaving World War II stateside services for over four years, he again got a chance to co-star with the 1st Motion Picture Unit in December 1945. He Co-starred in multiple films with Nancy Reagan, including the movies like John Loves Mary, Cattle Queen of Montana, The Voice of the Turtle, Bedtime for Bonzo, Tennessee’s Partner, The Hasty Heart, and Hellcats of the Navy.
The final film of his acting journey was the remake of The Killers.
How he entered politics?
After his acting career, he hosted in a weekly TV drama series- “The General Electric Theater,” from 1954 to 1962. He, in this show, toured the United States as a PR representative from General Electric. He gave pro-business tips and spoke a lot against government control. Not just that, he also talked about the government’s wasteful spending. Thus, this job somehow became the central theme for his future in politics. Ultimately, he became the president of the United States.