It's one of Hollywood's most memorable lines. "Tell them to go out there with all they've got and win just one for the Gipper." It was delivered by Ronald Reagan, as the dying football star George Gipp, in "Knute Rockne, All American."
He had convinced the producers he could do the role, by showing pictures of himself in his college football uniform. His boy-next-door quality helped him win more than 50 film roles, starting with "Love Is On The Air" in 1937. He played a radio announcer.
Reagan would go on to play a series of diverse roles from the victim of an evil surgeon in "King's Row" to a professor raising a chimpanzee in "Bedtime for Bonzo."
Reagan would never reach the superstar level of friends like Jimmy Stewart. But he advanced from B-pictures to some larger productions, like "Dark Victory" with Bette Davis.