Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, National Archives and Records Administration
Weight: 180-184 lbs.
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.
After onset of Alzheimers Disease, favored golf over more strenuous activities.
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.
Books (in childhood)
Northern Trails, by William Joseph Long
That Printer of Udells, by Harold Bell Wright
Book series featuring the Rover Boys, Tarzan of the Apes, and Frank Merriwell
Chocolate chip cookies
Apples - Apple cider
Macaroni and cheese
Jellybeans (favorite flavor: licorice)
Pumpkin pecan pie
Split pea soup
Battle Hymn of the Republic
Movies in which he acted
Knute Rockne, All American (1940)
Kings Row (1941)
George Gipp (The Gipper) in Knute Rockne, All American
Drake McHugh in Kings Row
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.
Nancy With the Laughing Face
A fan of major league baseball, football, and other sports.
Concerto #1, Tchaikovsky
Laras Theme (from Doctor Zhivago)
Firebird Suite, Stravinsky
Grand Canyon Suite, Ferde Grofe
Porgy and Bess, Gershwin
1967:The Carol Burnett Show
The Dean Martin Show
1981:Little House on the Prairie
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.
The nickname Dutch was first applied to Ronald Reagan, in childhood, by his father.According to Reagans autobiographies, he received the nickname soon after his birth, from his fathers 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 nicknames origin, Reagan stated that the haircut strengthened the use of the nickname.
Although raised in his mothers Disciples of Christ denomination, beginning in 1963 Reagan generally attendedPresbyterian 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.