- Date of Birth:
- May 29, 1955
John Hinckley Jr. (born May 29, 1955 in Ardmore, Oklahoma) is the man who attempted to assassinate U.S. President Ronald Reagan in Washington, DC on March 30, 1981. John has said that he did so to impress actress Jodie Foster, who he was reportedly obsessed with after seeing Taxi Driver. The assassination attempt wounded police officer Thomas Delahanty and Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy. John shot and critically wounded press secretary James Brady, who was left paralyzed on the entire left side of his body. President Reagan was wounded when a shot ricocheted off of the presidential limo and hit him in the chest. John was found not guilty by reason of insanity. James Brady died on August 4, 2014, and his death was ruled a homicide caused by the gunshot wound he had received 33 years earlier. John remained under institutional psychiatric care since the assassination attempt, but on July 27, 2016, it was announced he would be released after 35 years.
Best Known For:
John Hinckley Jr. is best known as the man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan.
John comes from a wealthy family, as his late father was the president of World Vision United States and the Chairman and President of the Vanderbilt Energy Corporation. He was an on and off student at Texas Tech University while his family relocated to Evergreen, Colorado to run the family oil company. In the late 1970s, John began to purchase weapons. He was prescribed anti-depressants and tranquilizers to deal with emotional issues. Upon his release, he will live with his mother.