40th president of the United States whose controversial economics philosophy, Reaganomics, impacted the latter part of the 20th century.
He was a film star during the Golden Age of Hollywood and appeared in movies such as 1939's Dark Victory, 1940's Knute Rockne , All American, and 1942's Kings Row.
He gave a 1964 televised speech called A Time for Choosing in support of presidential contender Barry Goldwater , a speech that would be credited with jumpstarting his political career.
He and his first wife, Academy Award-winner Jane Wyman , divorced in 1948. He married Nancy Davis in 1952. He had four biological children, Ronald Jr. , Patti, Christine and Maureen, and adopted a son named Michael.
He and Lee Marvin co-starred in his final film, 1964's The Killers.