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).

 

Eyesight

 

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.

 

Hearing

 

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.

 

 

Favorites

 

Activities, Physical

 

Golf 

Horseback riding

Ranch work

Swimming

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

 

Book

 

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

 

Fiction

Historical

 

Christmas Carol

 

Silent Night

 

Cologne

 

Royal Briar

 

Comic Strip

 

Peanuts

 

Desserts/Candy

 


Brownies

Carrot cake

Chocolate cake

Chocolate chip cookies

 

Foods/Recipes/Beverages

 

Apples - Apple cider

Cornbread dressing

Eggplant lasagne

Hamburgers (grilled)

Macaroni and cheese


Ice cream

Jellybeans (favorite flavor: licorice)

Pumpkin pecan pie

 

Meatloaf

Monkey bread

Split pea soup

Turkey soup


 

Hymn

 

Battle Hymn of the Republic

 

Magazine

 

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)

 


Poem

 

If, by Rudyard Kipling

 

Prayer

 

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

 

Presidents

 

George Washington

Abraham Lincoln

Calvin Coolidge

 

Song

 

Nancy With the Laughing Face

 

 Sports

 

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

 


Tree

 

Sycamore

 

 

Dislikes

 

Foods

 

Brussels sprouts

Liver

Tomatoes

 

 Movies in which he acted

 

That Hagen Girl (1947)

 

 

Firsts in Life

 

Automobile

 

a 1934 Nash Lafayette coupe

 

Job

 

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.

 

Movie

 

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.

 

Religion

 

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.”

 

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