Ronald Reagan

Actor, Politician
An affable Midwesterner, Ronald Reagan parlayed his athletic good looks and undeniable charisma into a middling career in the movies, but it was the smaller screen that he would eventually master on his way to two terms ... Read more »
Born: 02/05/1911 in Tampico, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (156)

Manufacturing Dissent 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Manufacturing Dissent 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Bob Hope: The First Ninety Years 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Elizabeth R: A Year in the Life of the Queen 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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What Is This Thing Called Love? 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Wisecracks 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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A World of Red Ink 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Berkeley in the Sixties 1990 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Celebration 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Positive 1990 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

1989 Major League All-Star Game 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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CBS News Special: Lucy 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Christmas in Washington 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park Grand Opening 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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John Wayne Standing Tall 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Presidential Inauguration 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Presidential Inauguration 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Presidential Inauguration 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Roger & Me 1989 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

U.S. Olympic Festival: Opening Ceremonies 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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A Celebration of Citizenship 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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A Salute to Broadway: Chorus Lines 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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A Salute to Broadway: Showstoppers 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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A Salute to Broadway: The Shows 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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A Tribute to American Music: Jerome Kern 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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All-Star Gala at Ford's Theatre 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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America's Tribute to Bob Hope 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Christmas in Washington 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Conversations With the Presidents 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The Next President With David Frost 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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We the People 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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We the People 200: The Constitution Parade 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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We the People 200: The Constitutional Gala 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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98th Tournament of Roses Parade 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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A Tribute to American Music: Cole Porter 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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A Tribute to American Music: George Gershwin 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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A Tribute to American Music: Rodgers and Hart 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Christmas in Washington 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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LIFE: Fifty Years 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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The Conservatives 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Walt Disney World's 15th Birthday Celebration 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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45/85 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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An All-Star Party For "Dutch" Reagan 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Christmas in Washington 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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George Burns' 90th Birthday Special 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Liberty Weekend 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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NBC News Statue of Liberty Special 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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The 97th Tournament of Roses Parade 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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The All-Star Salute to Ford's Theatre 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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The Barbara Walters Special (03/24/86) 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Christmas in Washington 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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Do Not Enter: The Visa War Against Ideas 1985 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Spies Like Us 1985 (Movie)

President of United States (Actor)

The 50th Presidential Inaugural Gala 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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Bob Hope Special: Happy Birthday, Bob! 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Christmas in Washington 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Echtzeit 1982 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

When the Mountains Tremble 1982 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Dean's Place 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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Hearts and Minds 1975 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Hollywood on Trial 1975 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

It's Showtime 1975 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Death Valley Days 1952 - 1972 (TV Show)

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The Killers 1963 (Movie)

Browning (Actor)

Amos Burke: Who Killed Julie Greer? 1961 - 1962 (TV Show)

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The General Electric Theater 1952 - 1962 (TV Show)

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The Bob Hope Show (02/15/61) 1960 - 1961 (TV Show)

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The June Allyson Show 1959 - 1961 (TV Show)

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The Young Doctors 1961 (Movie)

(Narrator)

The Lux Video Theater 1950 - 1960 (TV Show)

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The Swingin' Singin' Years 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

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The Swingin' Years 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

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Hellcats of the Navy 1957 (Movie)

Commander Casey Abbott (Actor)

The Judy Garland Show 1955 - 1956 (TV Show)

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Operation Entertainment 1954 - 1955 (TV Show)

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Tennessee's Partner 1955 (Movie)

Cowpoke (Actor)

Cattle Queen of Montana 1954 (Movie)

Farrell (Actor)

Prisoner of War 1954 (Movie)

Web Sloane (Actor)

Revlon Mirror Theater 1952 - 1954 (TV Show)

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The Orchid Award 1952 - 1954 (TV Show)

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Hollywood Opening Night 1950 - 1953 (TV Show)

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Law and Order 1953 (Movie)

Frame Johnson (Actor)

She's Working Her Way Through College 1952 (Movie)

John Palmer (Actor)

The Winning Team 1952 (Movie)

Grover Cleveland Alexander (Actor)

Tropic Zone 1952 (Movie)

Dan McCloud (Actor)

Hong Kong 1951 (Movie)

Jeff Williams (Actor)

Storm Warning 1951 (Movie)

Burt Rainey (Actor)

The Last Outpost 1951 (Movie)

Vance Britten (Actor)

The Nash Airflyte Theater 1950 - 1951 (TV Show)

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Bedtime For Bonzo 1950 (Movie)

Peter Boyd (Actor)

Louisa 1950 (Movie)

Hal Norton (Actor)

The Hasty Heart 1950 (Movie)

The Yank (Actor)

John Loves Mary 1949 (Movie)

John Lawrence (Actor)

The Girl From Jones Beach 1949 (Movie)

Bob Randolph/Robert Venerik (Actor)

Night Unto Night 1948 (Movie)

John Galen (Actor)

The Voice of the Turtle 1948 (Movie)

Sergeant Bill Page (Actor)

Stallion Road 1947 (Movie)

Larry Hanrahan (Actor)

That Hagen Girl 1947 (Movie)

Tom Bates (Actor)

This Is the Army 1942 (Movie)

Johnny Jones (Actor)

Desperate Journey 1941 (Movie)

Flying Officer Johnny Hammond (Actor)

Juke Girl 1941 (Movie)

Steve Talbot (Actor)

International Squadron 1940 (Movie)

Jimmy Grant (Actor)

Kings Row 1940 (Movie)

Drake McHugh (Actor)

Million Dollar Baby 1940 (Movie)

Peter Rowan (Actor)

Nine Lives Are Not Enough 1940 (Movie)

Matt Sawyer (Actor)

The Bad Man 1940 (Movie)

Gil Jones (Actor)

Tugboat Annie Sails Again 1940 (Movie)

Eddie Kent (Actor)

An Angel From Texas 1939 (Movie)

Mr Allen (Actor)

Angels Wash Their Faces 1939 (Movie)

Pat Remson (Actor)

Brother Rat and a Baby 1939 (Movie)

Dan Crawford (Actor)

Code of the Secret Service 1939 (Movie)

Lt Brass Bancroft (Actor)

Hell's Kitchen 1939 (Movie)

Jim Donahue (Actor)

Knute Rockne - All American 1939 (Movie)

George Gipp (Actor)

Murder in the Air 1939 (Movie)

Lt Brass Bancroft (Actor)

Naughty But Nice 1939 (Movie)

Ed Clark (Actor)

Secret Service of the Air 1939 (Movie)

Lt Brass Bancroft (Actor)

Smashing the Money Ring 1939 (Movie)

Lt Brass Bancroft (Actor)

The Santa Fe Trail 1939 (Movie)

George Custer (Actor)

Accidents Will Happen 1938 (Movie)

Eric Gregg (Actor)

Boy Meets Girl 1938 (Movie)

Announcer (Actor)

Brother Rat 1938 (Movie)

Dan Crawford (Actor)

Cowboy From Brooklyn 1938 (Movie)

Pat Dunn (Actor)

Dark Victory 1938 (Movie)

Alec Hamin (Actor)

Girls on Probation 1938 (Movie)

Neil Dillon (Actor)

Going Places 1938 (Movie)

Jack Withering (Actor)

Sergeant Murphy 1938 (Movie)

Private Dennis Riley (Actor)

Swing Your Lady 1938 (Movie)

Jack Miller (Actor)

Love Is on the Air 1937 (Movie)

Andy McLeod (Actor)

Call to Danger (TV Show)

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Camp David (TV Show)

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Irving Berlin's America (TV Show)

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It's a Great Feeling (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Submarine D-1 (Movie)

Bit Part (Actor)

Biography

An affable Midwesterner, Ronald Reagan parlayed his athletic good looks and undeniable charisma into a middling career in the movies, but it was the smaller screen that he would eventually master on his way to two terms as governor of California and ultimately as the 40th President of the United States. In that role of a lifetime, the 'Great Communicator' displayed constant optimism and a jaunty self-confidence, both of which endeared him to millions, despite revelations of wrongdoing by aides or occasional failures in foreign policy. Reagan acquired almost mythic status leading the charge John Wayne-style to vanquish the Evil Empire, but detractors would say, "At what cost?" An opponent of Big Government on one hand, he reduced government expenditures through massive domestic budget cuts while feeling no compunction about the huge federal deficits that piled up due to unprecedented peacetime military spending. True, he brought the Soviet Union to its knees, but there is also a legacy of social Darwinism evident in the ever-widening gap between the "haves" and the "have-nots."

Relationships

Ronald Prescott Reagan Jr

Son
born on May 20, 1958 mother, Nancy Reagan estranged from his mother since c. 1993

Patricia Davis

Daughter
born on October 22, 1952 mother, Nancy Reagan

Nancy Reagan Actor

Wife
Married March 4, 1952 Acted together in "Hellcats of the Navy" (1957) Served as First Lady of California (1967-1974) and later as First Lady of the United States (1980-88)

John Reagan

Father
of Irish Catholic descent

Nelle Reagan

Mother
of Scotch-English Protestant parentage

Maureen Reagan

Daughter
born on January 4, 1941 mother, Jane Wyman third marriage is to a lawyer 12 years her junior wrote "First Father, First Daughter" ironically, the child closest to Nancy Reagan underwent treatment for malignant melanoma beginning in December 2000 died on August 8, 2001 at age 60 of skin cancer

Michael Reagan

Son
adopted adoptive mother, Jane Wyman

Neil Reagan

Brother
born c. 1908 died of a heart attack in 1996

Jane Wyman

Wife
born on January 14, 1914 married in 1940 divorced in 1948 co-starred together in four films including "Brother Rat" (1938)

EDUCATION

attended high school in Dixon, Illinois

Eureka College

Eureka , Illinois 1932
played on the football team and acted in school plays

Eureka College

Eureka , Illinois 1932
played on the football team and acted in school plays

Milestones

2003

Showtime airs controversial telefilm "The Reagans" after CBS dropped out of the project deciding that it did not present a fair portrayal of the Reagans. Film starred James Brolin and Judy Davis as the Reagans, both were nominated for Golden Globes for th

1994

In an open letter to the people of the USA in November, disclosed that he was suffering from Alzheimer's disease

1990

Published second memoir "An American Life"

1984

Re-elected to a second term as US President

1981

Survived assassination attempt of March 30, quipping to his surgeons from the operating table, "Please tell me you're all Republicans"

1980

Elected President of the United States

1976

Challenged incumbent Gerald Ford for the US Presidency during the Republican primary; narrowly lost

1975

Income as a private citizen jumped to $800,000 (from his $49,000 salary as governor), mostly from speaking engagements, a syndicated column in 174 newspapers and a taped weekly commentary to more than 200 radio stations

1968

In February brought in the California Highway Patrol to break a student strike in Berkeley; after three months of escalating violence culminating in bloody riots, brought back the Highway Patrol, bolstered by the Alameda County sheriff's deputies; finally

1968

Entered Republican primary for US Presidency

1966

Elected as governor of California; served two terms

1965

Published first autobiography, "Where's the Rest of Me?"

1964

Supported Barry Goldwater for US President and gave a ringing endorsement of free enterprise while attacking Communism in a speech known as "A Time for Choosing", telecast as a half-hour paid political spot which raised almost $1 million dollars for the R

1964

Final feature film, "The Killers"; played brutal crime kingpin who slapped Angie Dickinson around; originally filmed for TV but deemed too violent for the small screen

1962

Registered as a Republican and campaigned for Nixon's unsuccessful bid for the California governorship

1960

Despite being a Democrat, supported Richard Nixon for US President

1957

Acted opposite second wife Nancy Davis in "Hellcats of the Navy"

1952

Was one of a group of well-known Democrats who signed a telegram urging Dwight Eisenhower to become their party's candidate for president

1952

Portrayed major league baseball pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander in "The Winning Team"

1951

Played chimpanzee-raising professor in the schlock movie "Bedtime for Bonzo"

1949

Delivered sensitive performance in Vincent Sherman's "The Hasty Heart", one of two films that year with Patricia Neal (also "John Loves Mary")

1947

Managed to testify before HUAC without naming names

1947

Served as president of the Screen Actors Guild

1941

Delivered what is considered his finest screen performance in "King's Row"

1940

Played George Gipp in "Knute Rockne--All American"

1940

Portrayed George Armstrong Custer in Michael Curtiz's "Santa Fe Trail"

1940

Acted with Wyman in three films, "An Angel from Texas", "Brother Rat and a Baby" and "Tugboat Annie Sails Again"

1938

First film with future wife Jane Wyman, "Brother Rat"

1937

While in California covering baseball's spring training, spotted by a Warner Bros. agent and offered a screen test

1937

Signed by Warner Bros.; film debut in "Love Is on the Air" playing a radio announcer

1920

Moved to Dixon, Illinois when he was nine (date approximate)

Served as a captain in the US Air Force, assigned mainly to the production of training films

Desperate for work, briefly tried stand-up comedy in Las Vegas

Hosted syndicated series "Death Valley Days"

Hosted "General Electric Theater" on CBS (also starred in some episodes); as company spokesman visited all 139 GE plants in 38 states, meeting some 250,000 employees

Left show business for politics

Again served as SAG president

Went on half-salary with Warner Bros. (unhappy with his recent box office performance) to make one film a year for the remaining three years of his contract, freeing him to work elsewhere; immediately signed a five-picture deal with Universal

Hosted ABC's "The Orchid Award", a musical variety show which formed a half-hour block with Walter Winchell's news and gossip program

Began career as a sportscaster, first for radio station WOC in Davenport, Iowa, and later for WHO in Des Moines, with which WOC merged; announced the baseball games of the Chicago Cubs

Bonus Trivia

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In January 2001, Reagan fell and broke his hip.

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Inducted to the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Honorary chairman of the United States Horse Cavalry Association

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On Mr. Reagan's 87th birthday in 1998, President Bill Clinton signed a law which allowed the Washington National Airport to be renamed the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

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"There can be no security anywhere in the free world if there is no fiscal and economic stability within the United States . . ."They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong. There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right. Winston Churchill said that '. . . When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we are spirits--not animals . . . There is something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which whether we like it or not, spells duty.'"You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done." --From the conclusion to Regan's 1964 speech "A Time for Choosing"

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"In many ways she allowed him to be such a nice guy. Because she made some of the really tough--personally tough--decisions. She took the heat for it, and he would sit there and still be the nice guy. I think they had a unique marriage. Ronald Reagan is a loner. I don't mean that in a derogatory way. He's a man who's comfortable being alone. But the one person who has always been in his world is her. And that was enough. The truth is he didn't need anybody but her." --White House political affairs director (1981-1983) Ed Rollins quoted in Vanity Fair August 1998

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"I protect Ronnie from himself. You know, he has a big Irish heart. He trusts everybody, and he doesn't see when he's being blindsided, or when people are acting out of motives that are less than noble. And he never acts upon it once he does. I do." --Nancy Reagan to Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, from Vanity Fair, August 1998

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"These were extraordinary times we ruled in, because we dealt with--and achieved--some of the most momentous events in modern history: the fall of the Soviet Union, the reunification of Germany within NATO, free trade in this hemisphere, and the end of the Cold War. Led by Ronald Reagan, people like Francois Mitterand, Helmut Kohl, Margaret Thatcher, and I contributed in a modest way to remaking our international society. So if the polls went up or polls went down, who cared? If the press said--as they did--that Thatcher and Mulroney were Reagan's poodles, who cared? You know, when you've got a quarterback who can run, who can throw, and who can take a hit--and he's out there in the rain every Sunday--well, that idea got through to the allies. And when it did, everything jelled." --Mulroney quoted in Vanity Fair, August 1998

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"In closing, let me thank you, the American people, for giving me the great honor of allowing me to serve as your president. When the Lord calls me home, whenever that day may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future. I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead."---Reagan in a letter to the American people announced that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease www.reaganranch.com 1994

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