RONALD REAGAN FACTS                                 


Physical Description


Height: 6’1”
Hair: Brown
Weight: 180-184 lbs.
Eyes: Blue


Generally right-handed.


Ruddy complexion (did not require face makeup for movie roles).




Nearsighted since childhood. Began wearing glasses around the time he entered high school. Began wearing contact lenses when he began his acting career, which was shortly after they first became available.




Hard of hearing, especially in the right ear, since an actor fired a pistol near his head during the making of a motion picture. The film was one of the four, released in 1939 and 1940, in which Reagan portrayed Secret Service agent Brass Bancroft. To avoid causing embarrassment, Reagan never publicly identified the particular film, or the individual who fired the gun.


Began wearing a hearing aid in 1983.





Activities, Physical



Horseback riding

Ranch work


Target shooting

After onset of Alzheimer’s Disease, favored golf over more strenuous activities.


Bible Verse


For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotton son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3:16




The Bible


Books (in childhood)


Northern Trails, by William Joseph Long

That Printer of Udell’s, by Harold Bell Wright

Book series featuring the Rover Boys, Tarzan of the Apes, and Frank Merriwell

The Bible


Book Genres





Christmas Carol


Silent Night




Royal Briar


Comic Strip







Carrot cake

Chocolate cake

Chocolate chip cookies




Apples - Apple cider

Cornbread dressing

Eggplant lasagne

Hamburgers (grilled)

Macaroni and cheese

Ice cream

Jellybeans (favorite flavor: licorice)

Pumpkin pecan pie



Monkey bread

Split pea soup

Turkey soup




Battle Hymn of the Republic




National Review


Movies in which he acted


Knute Rockne, All American (1940)

King’s Row (1941)


Movie Roles


George Gipp (The Gipper) in Knute Rockne, All American

Drake McHugh in King’s Row


Movie Soundtrack


The Sound of Music (1965)




If, by Rudyard Kipling




Who can utter the mighty acts of the Lord;

Who can shew forth all his praise?


Blessed are they that keep judgment,

and he that doeth righteousness at all times.


Remember me, O Lord, with the favour that thou bearest unto thy people;

O visit me with thy salvation;


That I may see the good of thy chosen,

that I may rejoice in the gladness of thy nation,

that I may glory with thine inheritance.

Psalm 106:2-5




George Washington

Abraham Lincoln

Calvin Coolidge




Nancy With the Laughing Face




A fan of major league baseball, football, and other sports.


 Symphonic Works


Concerto #1, Tchaikovsky

Lara’s Theme (from Doctor Zhivago)

Firebird Suite, Stravinsky

Grand Canyon Suite, Ferde Grofe

Porgy and Bess, Gershwin


Television Shows


1965:  Bonanza


1967:  The Carol Burnett Show

The Dean Martin Show

Mission: Impossible


1981:  Little House on the Prairie

The Waltons











Brussels sprouts




 Movies in which he acted


That Hagen Girl (1947)



Firsts in Life




a 1934 Nash Lafayette coupe




At age 14, a construction contractor hired him to dig ditches ten hours a day, six days a week, for a wage of 35 cents per hour.  He saved the money earned (about $200) for his college tuition.




Love Is On the Air (1937), in which he played a radio announcer.



Lifetime Nickname


The nickname “Dutch” was first applied to Ronald Reagan, in childhood, by his father.  According to Reagan’s autobiographies, he received the nickname soon after his birth, from his father’s remark that he looked like “a fat little Dutchman.”  Reagan has also stated, however, that his father gave him the nickname because of the “Dutch boy” haircut, once popular for little boys, that his mother gave him when he was a toddler.  When asked to reconcile the two stories of the nickname’s origin, Reagan stated that the haircut strengthened the use of the nickname.




Although raised in his mother’s Disciples of Christ denomination, beginning in 1963 Reagan generally attended  Presbyterian church services at Bel-Air Presbyterian Church, Bel-Air, California. He became an official member of Bel-Air Presbyterian after leaving the Presidency. In addition, Reagan stated that he considered himself a “born-again Christian.”