WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Chris Dodd, CEO and Chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) along with Frederick J. Ryan, Jr., Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, are pleased to announce their partnership in programs honoring the contributions of Ronald Reagan to the motion picture industry to take place on November 14, 2011.
President Reagan’s contributions are manifold, but he remains a unique figure in American life because of his career in over fifty roles as an actor, president of the Screen Actors Guild, as a television host, Governor of the state of California and eventually president of the United States.
“President Reagan often remarked that the skills he developed in Hollywood as a negotiator and communicator served him well when he came to Washington,” said MPAA Chairman Dodd. “We look forward to exploring those communications gifts during our panel and to then celebrate his contributions to the film and television industry.”
“President Reagan’s story epitomizes the American Dream,” said Frederick J. Ryan, Jr. “From humble beginnings as a lifeguard, to working his way through college as a dishwasher, to launching a successful career in radio and television, before becoming one of our nation’s greatest presidents, Ronald Reagan’s life is one to be studied, remembered and applauded.”
The program will center around two events. The first event is a public panel at the MPAA on how President Reagan’s role in the motion picture industry shaped his role as president and impacted modern political communication. The second special event will be an intimate reception with Reagan Administration alumni and CEOs from the member studios of the MPAA.
Ronald Reagan’s film and television career spanned over 30 years and included well known roles in films such as The Santa Fe Trail, Kings Row, and Knute Rockne: All American. He was the host of General Electric Theater on CBS from 1954-1962. From 1947-1952 he served as president of the Screen Actors Guild.