When it comes to politics and Hollywood, it’s no shock by now that the overwhelming majority of outspoken stars are leftists.
That’s not to say the entire industry is void of conservatism.
A new biopic is set to be released next summer, based on former President Ronald Reagan’s life, titled “Reagan” and directed by Sean McNamara of “Soul Surfer” fame. In the new film, actor Dennis Quaid will play the role of Reagan.
Here’s a look at what Quaid — and four other actors — had to say about one of their favorite presidents, Ronald Reagan.
1.) Dennis Quaid. Speaking with NBC’s Megyn Kelly this week, Quaid (shown above left) professed his fandom for Reagan.
During the interview, “The Rookie” star said he was nervous about playing Reagan in a movie because he is Quaid’s “favorite president” — so he feels a “huge responsibility” to play the role accurately.
“There’s so many things that he did that changed my life and the world for the better,” Quaid said.
When Kelly asked him what he liked about Reagan, Quaid responded, “For one thing, ending the Cold War. And he brought back a sense of common sense. He stuck to his guns and his principles. He was a great man and a humble man.”
As for his voting record outside of Reagan, Quaid said he was an independent who supports candidates on both sides of the aisle — which is why he’s not ostracized in his industry.
2.) Doris Day. Sure, the 96-year-old Golden Era actress may be an animal welfare activist today, but that does not impact the way she felt about Reagan.
The star of “The Doris Day Show” was in Hollywood about the same time as Reagan and got to know him — they acted in two movies together, “The Winning Team” and “Storm Warning.” Shortly after Reagan passed away, Day offered praise for the actor-turned-president on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” in June 2004.
“I can only tell you that he was wonderful,” Day told O’Reilly. “He was a marvelous actor. He was a gentleman. We had laughs because he’s terribly funny. And we just got along great, and — but I only made two films with him, which was, you know, too bad.”
Ironically, when the two acted together, Reagan was a Democrat and Day said she was apolitical.
3.) Gary Sinise. The “Forrest Gump” co-star (shown above right) is passionate about giving back to the United States military, so it shouldn’t be a surprise he is conservative — and was a Reagan supporter.
Sinise delivered a speech in 2011 on what would have been Reagan’s 100th birthday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California.
“He was an actor born in Illinois. I am also an actor born in Illinois, but when I consider how he went from where I am to the pinnacle of the free world, I am in awe,” Sinise said.
During his speech, Sinise also called Reagan an “extraordinary man” and praised his command of the military while he was president.
(Check out the speech in full.)
4.) Arnold Schwarzenegger. “The Terminator” star offered praise for Reagan on Fox News’ “Hannity and Colmes,” calling him a “personal hero,” less than a week after the president’s death in 2004
“I think he was just so heroic, because of the things that he has accomplished, not only as a governor but as a president,” Schwarzenegger told show co-hosts Sean Hannity and Alan Colmes. “I mean, if you think about it, when he came into his office in 1981, the country was really in terrible shape, and what he has done within a short period of time, brought the country back, made everyone believe in America again.”
Said Robert Davi, “We’re tired of the ambiguity of [today’s] politicians.”
He continued, “And [he] made everyone … proud again to be an American, and not only as American but also overseas — what he has done was just extraordinary. I mean, the whole reputation, the image of America, was built up again in a very, very short period of time.”
The actor went on to follow in Reagan’s footsteps by jumping from acting to politics. He would become the governor of California (a job Reagan also held, of course).
These days, Schwarzenegger is more of an environmentalist than a conservative, but that does not change his past praise of Reagan.
5.) Robert Davi. A proud conservative, Davi has expressed admiration for President Reagan on many occasions. The “Die Hard” and “Goonies” actor also compared President Donald Trump to the Gipper.
On a 2015 episode of Fox News’ “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” Davi said Trump may have lacked the “poetry of Reagan,” but he had the same message — and that was the source of his intense support.
Davi added, “We’re tired of the ambiguity of politicians.”
If there’s one quality most people can agree that Trump and Reagan share, neither ever held back in telling the world what they believe — no matter the consequences.
Tom Joyce is a freelance writer from the South Shore of Massachusetts. He covers sports, pop culture, and politics and has contributed to The Federalist, Newsday, and other outlets.