Ronald Reagan

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Real Name: Ronald Wilson Reagan
Birth Place: Tampico, Illinois, USA
Birth Date: February 06, 1911
Occupation: Actor, Miscellaneous Crew, Production Manager

Ronald Reagan Biography

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 "G.E. True 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.

Ronald Reagan Movies / TV-Shows

Divide and Conquer (2018)
Vice (2018)
Beirut (2018)
Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (2017)
The Reagan Show (2017)
The Young Karl Marx (2017)
American Made (2017)
Atomic Blonde (2017)
Silk Road: Drugs, Death and the Dark Web (2017)
From the Ashes (2017)
Meet the Trumps: From Immigrant to President (2017)
Get Me Roger Stone (2017)
Silicon Cowboys (2016)
20th Century Women (2016)
Hands of Stone (2016)
HyperNormalisation (2016)
The Infiltrator (2016)
American Wrestler: The Wizard (2016)
13th (2016)
Holy Hell (2016)
Zero Days (2016)
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (2015)
The Latin Explosion: A New America (2015)
Best of Enemies: Buckley vs. Vidal (2015)
B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West-Berlin 1979-1989 (2015)
The Big Short (2015)
Bitter Lake (2015)
Deutschland 83 (2015)
Trumbo (2015)
Pixels (2015)
The Emperor's New Clothes (2015)
Cesar Chavez (2014)
And the Oscar Goes To... (2014)
The Culture High (2014)
Gameplay (2014)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (2014)
Red Army (2014)
Escobar: Paradise Lost (2014)
The Americans (2013)
Plot for Peace (2013)
The Presidents' Gatekeepers (2013)
Our Nixon (2013)
The Challenger Disaster (2013)
The World According to Dick Cheney (2013)
Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia (2013)
Philomena (2013)
The House I Live In (2012)
America's Book of Secrets (2012)
The Diamond Queen (2012)
The Untold History of the United States (2012)
Stuff: A Horizon Guide to Materials (2012)
41 (2012)
Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines (2012)
Mold! (2012)
Koch (2012)
Elvis Found Alive (2012)
The Substance: Albert Hofmann's LSD (2011)
The Iron Lady (2011)
The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby (2011)
Miss Representation (2011)
The Undefeated (2011)
Making the Boys (2011)
Quebrando o Tabu (2011)
Too Big to Fail (2011)
Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? (2011)
Reagan (2011)
Countdown to Zero (2010)
I Want Your Money (2010)
The President's Book of Secrets (2010)
Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics (2010)
Casino Jack and the United States of Money (2010)
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010)
Marijuana: A Chronic History (2010)
The President's Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office (2010)
Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals (2010)
The Special Relationship (2010)
Let Me In (2010)
Disco & Atomic War (2009)
House of Boys (2009)
Waiting for Armageddon (2009)
Outrage (2009)
Hugh Hefner: Playboy vai kapinallinen? (2009)
Race to Witch Mountain (2009)
Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)
Double Take (2009)
The Shock Doctrine (2009)
Jeremiah Wright Painting a Picture of US Aggression (2008)
I.O.U.S.A. (2008)
Run for Your Life (2008)
Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood (2008)
Superpower (2008)
Fuel (2008)
Milk (2008)
Starz Inside: In the Gutter (2008)
Warner at War (2008)
Earth: The Climate Wars (2008)
Bigger Stronger Faster* (2008)
Secrets of Body Language (2008)
August (2008)
Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed (2008)
American Swing (2008)
Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story (2008)
The Year of Getting to Know Us (2008)
War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death (2007)
First World (2007)
Balls of Fury (2007)
Crude: The Incredible Journey of Oil (2007)
Heckler (2007)
The Trap: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom (2007)
Manufacturing Dissent: Uncovering Michael Moore (2007)
American Drug War: The Last White Hope (2007)
The Kingdom (2007)
Mr. Untouchable (2007)
I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life & Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal (2007)
Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
For the Bible Tells Me So (2007)
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project (2007)
The Sentinel (2006)
Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (2006)
The Tripper (2006)
The Drug Years (2006)
This Is England (2006)
A/k/a Tommy Chong (2006)
Maxed Out (2006)
An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006)
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
American Hardcore (2006)
Why We Fight (2005)
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)
Blessed by Fire (2005)
Dan Aykroyd Unplugged on UFOs (2005)
Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (2004)
Celsius 41.11: The Temperature at Which the Brain... Begins to Die (2004)
The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear (2004)
With God on Our Side: George W. Bush and the Rise of the Religious Right in America (2004)
The Agronomist (2003)
Outlaw Comic: The Censoring of Bill Hicks (2003)
Big Bucks: The Press Your Luck Scandal (2003)
Tupac: Resurrection (2003)
Independent Lens Imelda (2003)
Sex at 24 Frames Per Second (2003)
X-Rated Ambition: The Traci Lords Story (2003)
Michael Jackson: Number Ones (2003)
Hell's Highway: The True Story of Highway Safety Films (2003)
A Decade Under the Influence (2003)
Naqoyqatsi (2002)
The Weather Underground (2002)
Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy (2002)
The Wonderful World of Disney Walt: The Man Behind the Myth (2001)
Star Trek: Enterprise (2001)
The Secret KGB Paranormal Files (2001)
Blood of the Vikings (2001)
Prozac Nation (2001)
Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (2000)
American Psycho (2000)
Tesla: Master of Lightning (2000)
After Stonewall (1999)
American Beauty (1999)
Cher: Live in Concert from Las Vegas (1999)
Grass (1999)
The Sleep Room (1998)
Cold War (1998)
On the Brink: Doomsday (1997)
The Second Civil War (1997)
Frank Capra's American Dream (1997)
The Jackal (1997)
Children of the Revolution (1996)
Faces of Death V (1995)
Spin (1995)
Nixon (1995)
The Maltese Double Cross (1994)
Witch Hunt (1994)
Forrest Gump (1994)
And the Band Played On (1993)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)
The Panama Deception (1992)
Peter's Friends (1992)
Are We Alone? (1992)
Berkeley in the Sixties (1990)
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)
Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol (1990)
Roger & Me (1989)
Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1989)
Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1988)
Promised Land (1987)
Walker (1987)
Välähdys menneisyydestä (1987)
Biography (1987)
The Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis (1987)
21 Jump Street (1987)
House II: The Second Story (1987)
Salvador (1986)
X: The Unheard Music (1986)
Spies Like Us (1985)
American Masters (1985)
Muppet Babies (1984)
The Philadelphia Experiment (1984)
Before Stonewall (1984)
Frontline (1983)
Vietnam: A Television History (1983)
The Atomic Cafe (1982)
Timewatch (1982)
War (1982)
Faces of Death II (1981)
The Killing of America (1981)
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Frank Sinatra (1978)
Arena (1975)
Saturday Night Live (1975)
Hearts and Minds (1974)
Cold Turkey (1971)
Great Performances (1971)
60 Minutes (1968)
Head (1968)
The Carol Burnett Show (1967)
Mondo Hollywood: Hollywood Laid Bare! (1967)
The Killers (1964)
Hellcats of the Navy (1957)
Wagon Train (1957)
Zane Grey Theater (1956)
Climax! (1954)
Cattle Queen of Montana (1954)
General Electric Theater The Road to Edinburgh (1954)
The Magical World of Disney (1954)
Panorama (1953)
Storm Warning (1951)
The Last Outpost (1951)
It's a Great Feeling (1949)
The Milton Berle Show (1948)
That Hagen Girl (1947)
The Fight for the Sky (1945)
The Stilwell Road (1945)
Wings for This Man (1945)
Resisting Enemy Interrogation (1944)
This Is the Army (1943)
Desperate Journey (1942)
Kings Row (1942)
Santa Fe Trail (1940)
Knute Rockne All American (1940)
Angels Wash Their Faces (1939)
Hell's Kitchen (1939)
Dark Victory (1939)
They Won't Forget (1937)

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