― The Gipper was shot in 1981 by John Hinckley, Jr. in an attempt to impress actress Jodie Foster. Yes, that is probably the weirdest and most random sentence in this article. Reagan went on to survive the attack even though he was reportedly near death while in the hospital while Hinckley went on to marry Jodie Foster and live on a rainbow. At least in his own mind. Reagan would later say that God spared his life so he could fulfill a greater purpose, like selling illegal arms to Nicaraguan [...].