Facts about Ronald Reagan

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
Physical Acitivites

  • 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

Books

  • 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."