He is credited with helping to end the Cold War, and famous for his so-called ‘Reaganomics’ policy. But it’s Ronald Reagan the movie star who will serve as the focus of new research by eminent historian Iwan Morgan.
Professor of US studies at University College London (UCL), and director of the United States Presidency Centre, Morgan is writing a biography of the former president for publication in 2016. In it he will explore Reagan’s film career, which spanned nearly 30 years and saw him make 53 Hollywood movies.
Morgan is to discuss his findings at next month’s UCL Festival of the Arts. In a talk titled ‘Ronald Reagan Movie Star’, he will challenge the common perception of Reagan as a limited actor out-starred by a chimp in Bedtime for Bonzo (1951).
Here, ahead of his lecture, Iwan Morgan reveals 10 things you probably didn’t know about the former president.