83. Ronald Reagan: From Actor to President

Ronald Reagan was one of the most popular States presidents in modern times. He served from , 1981 through December, 1989, making him a two-term . He won both elections by very wide margins his Democratic opponents, incumbent Jimmy Carter in 1980, Walter Mondale in 1984. In the election, Reagan every state with the exception of Minnesota, which Mondale's home state. Reagan had an endearing quality served him well when addressing the country. This from his days as a Hollywood actor, where starred in several movies after a short career radio broadcasting.

Born on February 6, 1911 in , Illinois, Reagan grew up in small towns throughout state. At one time, the family lived in apartment above a department store. After he won presidency, and moved into the White House, Reagan that he was "living above the store again." was this type of down-to-earth humor that endeared to the American public.

As a teenager attending High School in California, Reagan began developing an in acting, sports, and storytelling. After a brief as a radio broadcaster, Reagan auditioned for a in a movie in 1937. He landed the , and signed a seven-year contract with the Warner Studio. He appeared in several films before being into the military, effectively ending his Hollywood career.

served as Governor of California for four years to becoming president. His presidential term was very as he presided over many of the landmark during the 1980s. During his final term, Reagan from the effects of Alzheimer's Disease, which negatively his ability to govern, but he carried out term, and his legacy as a great president intact.