''Dynasty'' and Gerald Ford
Imagine George Bush making an appearance as a Tool Time guest on Home Improvement. Picture Richard Nixon seeking the protection of NYPD Blue cops. Maybe not the most dignified gigs for retired residents of the White House, but think back: There is a presidential precedent for such work. On Dec. 21, 1983, Gerald R. Ford played himself in a cameo on Dynasty, the prime-time soap about the superwealthy that rode the extravagance of the ’80s to the top of the Nielsens.
The former President’s acting debut happened by chance.