Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, National Archives and Records Administration

RONALD REAGAN FACTS

 

Physical Description

Height: 61 

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 Alzheimers 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 Udells, 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)

Kings Row (1941)

 

Movie Roles

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

Drake McHugh in Kings 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

Laras 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 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.

Religion

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.