Ronald Regan is one of the best known celebrity politicians in the world and went on to lead America through some truly challenging times.
He began his career, not in politics, but instead as a radio announcer in 1932 and went on to become the voice of Major league Baseball before then signing a contract with Warner brothers as an actor.
Younger followers of politics may only know Regan for his political career but he made around 50 Hollywood films in his time and was even elected as the Screen Actors Guild President in 1947 and served until 1952 and again from 1959-60.
Ronald Regan hit the international spotlight once again when he was put up as the 1980 Republican nomination for President with George Bush running as his vice president.
Regan was up against Jimmy Carter but Regan won the popular vote with 51 percent of the vote and 489 out of 538 electoral votes.
Ronald Regan will be forever know in politics for being the President that helped to bring down the Soviet Union while building a relationship and friendship with his Russian counterpart Gorbachev.
While he was hailed for his success in bringing an end to the Cold war his presidency was marred by the events of the Iran-Contra Scandal
Regan´s time in office was a very busy one and filled with events. It was not long after he took office that an assassination attempt was made on his life. On March 30, 1981, John Hinckley, Jr. shot six rounds at Reagan. He was hit by one of the bullets which caused a collapsed lung. His Press Secretary James Brady, policeman Thomas Delahanty, and Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy were also all hit
When it came to the economy Ronald Reagan followed a tax cut policy to help to increase savings, spending, and investment. All of this led to a reduction in inflation and unemployment levels making him very popular, however the down side to this was the huge budget deficit which was created.
Ronald Reagan retired after his second term in office to California. In 1994, Reagan announced that he had Alzheimer’s Disease and left public life.
The first true celebrity President, Ronald Regan, died of pneumonia on June 5, 2004, yet his legacy continues to live on today.