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The House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) investigated allegations of communism and spying, and included Hollywood actors among their subjects. The records of the committee contain a report about then-president of the Screen Actors Guild—and future President of the United States—Ronald Reagan. The 1947 document, typed on HUAC stationery, discusses his politics at the time. Reagan “states he never was a Leftist,” despite his reputation “as a man who had been a Leftist and then reformed.” The record reports that Reagan “has no fear of any one, is a nice talker, well informed on the subject” of communism and “will make a splendid witness.” Although Reagan’s name is typed correctly in the memo, a handwritten, misspelled “Ronald Regan” appears at the top of the page. Reagan testified before the Committee on October 23, 1947.