The subject of this article:
Ronald Reagan was the 40th President of the United States from 1981 to 1989
.And an actor in the 40s and 50s
In the film Edit
He has no direct role in the storyline of the Forrest Gump film, but his assassination attempt at the hands of John Hinckley, Jr. is shown on tv the day Forrest recieves his letter from Jenny asking him to come and visit her in Savannah G.A.
In Gump & Co. Edit
In Gump & Co., Forrest Gump and Lieutenant Dan are brought by Colonel Oliver North to meet the President after train hopping to Washington, D.C. Colonel North convinces the President to send himself and Forrest to Iran on a diplomatic mission in what would become known as the Iran–Contra affair.
In addition, Forrest meets the man who attempted to assassinate Reagan, John Hinckley, Jr., while in jail for his role in the previous event.