|Selected Presidents of the United States of America|
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Background information Edit
He was the 40th president and served from 1981 until 1989. Before entering politics, he was a Hollywood actor, whose credits include Kings Row (1942, with Dame Judith Anderson), Cattle Queen of Montana (1954, with Anthony Caruso), Tennessee's Partner (1955, appearing again with Caruso) and The Killers (1964, written by Gene L. Coon and co-starring Seymour Cassel). In addition, Whit Bissell, Skip Homeier and Dean Stockwell made appearances on General Electric Theater, a Sunday night anthology series hosted by Reagan from 1954 to 1962.
Reagan (then former president) visited the Paramount Pictures studios in 1991 during the shooting of "Redemption". (X) Although unfamiliar with most of Star Trek, he did enjoy meeting Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner and the many Klingon background performers hired for the episode. Later, when asked about the Klingons, he said "I like them. They remind me of Congress." During the tour through the sets including the Great Hall, an ailing Gene Roddenberry dropped his cane. The former president graciously knelt and retrieved it for him. Reagan later quipped, "I felt as if I had been knighted." ("Intergalactic Guest Stars" ("Presidential Visit: Ronald Reagan", TNG Season 5 DVD special feature)
The script of "First Contact" describes Malcorian Chancellor Avel Durken as "in his fifties, slight in stature, no Ronald Reagan here, there is a gentle, Woodrow Wilson quality, thoughtful, brilliant, committed."