The Info List - Neil Reagan

John Neil Reagan
Neil Reagan
(September 16, 1908 – December 11, 1996) was an American radio station manager, CBS
senior producer, and senior vice president of McCann Erickson. He was the older brother of Ronald Reagan.


1 Life and career 2 Family 3 Selected filmography 4 References 5 Bibliography

Life and career[edit]

Neil with Ronald in 1981

Neil Reagan
Neil Reagan
was born in Tampico on September 16, 1908.[1] He was baptized as a Roman Catholic,[2] the faith of his father. As an infant, he attended his mother's church, but later became affiliated with his father's religion. His younger brother was baptized and raised in their mother's Disciples of Christ
Disciples of Christ
church.[3] Neil was described as a boisterous and gregarious personality in his youth.[4] In 1933, Neil graduated from Eureka College
Eureka College
with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.[1] He followed his brother to California
and established a career as a television producer and advertising executive. From the 1930s through the 1950s, Neil Reagan
Neil Reagan
directed the radio series Dr. Christian, starring Jean Hersholt. In between he launched a brief Hollywood
career as a supporting actor in films such as Tugboat Annie Sails Again (1940) and Doughboys in Ireland (1943). Neil Reagan directed Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan
in the television series Death Valley Days. He served as president of both the Hollywood
and Los Angeles advertising clubs, and also served on numerous community and professional boards including: the Crippled Children's Society of Los Angeles, the Kennedy Child Study Center in Santa Monica, and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. He was an alternate delegate to the 1972 Republican National Convention
1972 Republican National Convention
from California, and a delegate to the 1980 Republican National Convention. Neil Reagan served two terms as trustee of Eureka College
Eureka College
before his death in December 1996.[citation needed] Reagan died on December 11, 1996 in San Diego, California.[5] The Reagan Physical Education Center on the Eureka College
Eureka College
campus was dedicated in 1970 in honor of both Ronald and Neil Reagan. Twelve years later, Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan
would return to the Reagan Center to make one of his most important foreign policy speeches of his first term known as the START speech, or Eureka speech.[citation needed] Family[edit] His wife, Ruth Elizabeth "Bess" Reagan (née Hoffman;[1] February 25, 1908 – October 22, 2010), whom he wed in 1935, died in 2010 at the age of 102. The couple had no children. Selected filmography[edit]

Doughboys in Ireland (1943)


^ a b c Yager (2006), p. 63 ^ Harmer (2002), p. 110 ^ Watson (2007), p. 457. ^ Yager (2006), p. 64 ^ Holloway, Lynette (1996-12-13). "Neil Reagan, 88, Ad Executive And Jovial Brother of President". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-01-17. 


Harmer, John, Reagan: Man of Principle, Cedar Fort, 2002, ISBN 1-55517-619-4 Watson, Robert W., White House Studies Compendium, Volume 1, Nova Publishers, 2007, ISBN 1-60021-521-1 Yager, Edward M., Ronald Reagan's Journey: Democrat to Republican, Rowman & Littlefield, 2006, ISBN 0-7425-4421-4

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Ronald Reagan

40th President of the United States
President of the United States
(1981–1989) 33rd Governor of California

Life and politics

Birthplace Pitney Store Boyhood home Rancho del Cielo Filmography Presidential Library Death and state funeral Political positions Governship of California Namesakes and memorials Reagan Era


First inauguration Second inauguration Domestic policy Economic policy Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981 Tax Reform Act of 1986 Assassination attempt Strategic Defense Initiative Foreign policy Reagan Doctrine Cold War

1st term 2nd term

1985 Geneva Summit 1986 Reykjavík Summit

INF Treaty

1987 Washington Summit 1988 Moscow Summit Invasion of Grenada Iran–Contra affair International trips The Grace Commission Cabinet Federal judicial appointments

Supreme Court controversies

Administration scandals "We begin bombing in five minutes"


Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan
Speaks Out Against Socialized Medicine "A Time for Choosing" Reagan's Neshoba County Fair "states' rights" speech First inaugural address Second inaugural address "Ash heap of history" "Evil empire" "Tear down this wall!" State of the Union: 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988


Where's the Rest of Me? (1965 autobiography with Richard G. Hubler) An American Life
An American Life
(1990 autobiography with Robert Lindsey) The Reagan Diaries
The Reagan Diaries
(2007, edited by Douglas Brinkley)


gubernatorial election, 1966 1970 Republican Party presidential primaries, 1968 1976 1980 1984 Republican National Convention 1968 1976 1980 1984 Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan
presidential campaign, 1980

"There you go again" "Make America Great Again"

United States presidential election, 1976 1980 1984

"Morning in America" "Bear in the woods"

Popular culture

In fiction In music U.S. Postage stamps The Day Reagan Was Shot
The Day Reagan Was Shot
(2001 film) The Reagans
The Reagans
(2003 film) Reagan (2011 documentary) The Butler (2013 film) Killing Reagan (2016 film) "What would Reagan do?"


Jack Reagan
Jack Reagan
(father) Nelle Wilson Reagan
Nelle Wilson Reagan
(mother) Neil Reagan
Neil Reagan
(brother) Jane Wyman
Jane Wyman
(first wife) Nancy Reagan
Nancy Reagan
(second wife) Maureen Reagan
Maureen Reagan
(daughter) Michael Reagan
Michael Reagan
(adopted son) Patti Davis
Patti Davis
(daughter) Ron Reagan
Ron Reagan
(son) Rex (dog)

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