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Also Known As: Buddy Reynolds, Burton Leon Reynolds Jr. Died:
Born: February 11, 1936 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Waycross, Georgia, USA Profession: actor, director, producer, stuntman, bouncer, dishwasher

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One of the most popular stars in the world for nearly 30 years, Burt Reynolds was the boyishly charming but undeniably rugged star of such action and drama films as "Deliverance" (1972), "The Longest Yard" (1975), "Smokey and the Bandit" (1977), "The Cannonball Run" (1981) and "Boogie Nights" (1997). He discovered acting in the late 1950s after injuries put an end to his dreams of football stardom, but he struggled to find his niche for over a decade until his turn in the gripping thriller "Deliverance" thrust him into the spotlight. His easygoing nature and ladies' man reputation made him enormously popular with audiences, which he parlayed into a string of popular comedies and action films through the 1970s and 1980s. But a string of flops and personal setbacks knocked him off his perch at the top of the box office, and by the early Nineties, he was not only out of step with the movie industry, but financially bankrupt. Redemption came in the unlikely form of "Boogie Nights," an indie drama about the lives of adult film stars; Reynolds' graying presence meshed perfectly with his character, a failed director, and he earned an Oscar nod as well as a career revival. He was remarkably active, though if...

One of the most popular stars in the world for nearly 30 years, Burt Reynolds was the boyishly charming but undeniably rugged star of such action and drama films as "Deliverance" (1972), "The Longest Yard" (1975), "Smokey and the Bandit" (1977), "The Cannonball Run" (1981) and "Boogie Nights" (1997). He discovered acting in the late 1950s after injuries put an end to his dreams of football stardom, but he struggled to find his niche for over a decade until his turn in the gripping thriller "Deliverance" thrust him into the spotlight. His easygoing nature and ladies' man reputation made him enormously popular with audiences, which he parlayed into a string of popular comedies and action films through the 1970s and 1980s. But a string of flops and personal setbacks knocked him off his perch at the top of the box office, and by the early Nineties, he was not only out of step with the movie industry, but financially bankrupt. Redemption came in the unlikely form of "Boogie Nights," an indie drama about the lives of adult film stars; Reynolds' graying presence meshed perfectly with his character, a failed director, and he earned an Oscar nod as well as a career revival. He was remarkably active, though if not at the level of his '70s heyday, for much of the next decade, and retained the roguish, self-deprecating persona that made him such a superstar decades before.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Last Producer, The (2001) Director
2.
  Hard Time (1998) Director
3.
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  Night Train (1990) Director
5.
  Die Laughing (1989) Director
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  Blues For Buder (1989) Director
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  Stick (1985) Director
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  Sharky's Machine (1981) Director
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  The End (1978) Director
10.
  Gator (1976) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Pocket Listing (2014)
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 Reel Love (2011)
3.
 Deal (2008)
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 Forget About It (2008)
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 Broken Bridges (2006)
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 Cloud Nine (2006)
10.
 End Game (2006)
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Milestones close milestones

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Born in Georgia and raised in Florida
1955:
Drafted by the Baltimore Colts professional football team before accident ended his sports career
1956:
Made professional stage debut in revival of "Mr. Roberts," starring Charlton Heston at NYC City Center Theatre
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Worked as stuntman on TV and in films
1959:
Made first regular TV appearance on "Riverboat" (NBC)
1961:
Made Broadway debut in short-lived play "Look: We've Come Through"
1961:
First appearance on film, "Angel Baby"
1962:
Played Quint Asper for several season on long-running CBS Western "Gunsmoke"
1966:
Cast in title role on police detective series "Hawk" (ABC)
1970:
Played title role on ABC police detective series "Dan August"
1972:
Became one of first-ever nude male centerfolds in a mainstream magazine with appearance in <i>Cosmopolitan</i> (April)
1972:
Breakthrough film, John Boorman's "Deliverance"
1974:
First collaboration with Hal Needham, "W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings"; Needham was stunt coordinator
1974:
Played an incarcerated former pro football player in "The Longest Yard"
1975:
Sang and danced in disastrous screen musical "At Long Last Love," directed by Peter Bogdanovich
1975:
Co-starred with Liza Minnelli and Gene Hackman in "Lucky Lady"; sang "Ain't Misbehavin'"
1976:
Reteamed with Bogdanovich for period drama about early Hollywood "Nickelodeon"
1976:
Feature directorial debut, "Gator"; also starred
1977:
First film with Needham as director, "Smokey and the Bandit"; also co-starred with future off-screen companion Sally Field
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Founded Burt and Bert Productions with game show host Bert Convy
1978:
Directed and co-starred opposite Dom DeLuise in comedy "The End"
1978:
Second film with Needham as director, "Hooper"
1979:
Delivered one of his best screen performances as a divorced man finding love again in "Starting Over"
1980:
Reprised role in sequel "Smokey and the Bandit II"; third film with Needham as director
1980:
Enjoyed a hit with "The Cannonball Run"; fourth film with Needham as director
1982:
Cast as Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd opposite Dolly Parton's Miss Mona in film musical "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"
1983:
Reprised role in Needham directed sequel "Cannonball Run II"
1984:
Teamed with Clint Eastwood in "City Heat"
1985:
Directed and starred in "Stick"
1987:
Co-executive produced (with Bert Convy) and made frequent guest appearances on NBC game show "Win, Lose or Draw"
1988:
Played Cary Grant role opposite Kathleen Turner in "Switching Channels," a misguided remake of "His Girl Friday" (1940)
1988:
Reteamed with Liza Minnelli for misfire "Rent-A-Cop"
1989:
Played an aging safecracker in "Breaking In"
1989:
Starred in 12 ABC TV movies as detective B.L. Stryker, the first of which was "The Dancer's Touch"
1989:
Provided character voice and sang several songs in animated feature "All Dogs Go to Heaven"
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Donated $1 million to Asolo Theatre in Sarasota, FL
1990:
Starred as former pro football player Wood Newton on popular CBS sitcom "Evening Shade"; also directed and produced
1992:
Hosted CBS primetime specials "Burt Reynolds' Conversations with..."; among earliest installments was one where he interviewed Ginger Rogers, June Allyson, Jane Powell, and Esther Williams
1992:
Signed a one-year, $500,000, contract with the Florida Citrus Commission to appear in commercials
1992:
Appeared as himself in Robert Altman's "The Player"
1993:
Dropped as corporate spokesman by the Florida Citrus Commission and the Quaker State Motor Oil Corp. due to bad publicity generated by his bitter divorce from Loni Anderson
1993:
Directed (also executive produced and starred) the CBS TV-movie "The Man From Left Field"
1996:
Co-starred with Demi Moore in "Striptease" as a sleazy politician
1997:
Career received major boost for starring in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights" as porn mogul Jack Horner; earned first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor
1998:
Starred in "Hard Time" (TNT) TV movie series as an ex-con and former cop; third installment "Hostage Hotel" directed by Needham
1999:
Co-starred as a hockey coach in "Mystery, Alaska"
2000:
Directed and starred in "The Last Producer"; screened at Cannes; aired on USA Network 2001
2001:
Appeared alongside Sylvester Stallone in "Driven"
2004:
Starred as a Vietnam veteran opposite Raquel Welch in "Forget About It"
2005:
Co-starred with Adam Sandler and Chris Rock in remake of "The Longest Yard"
2005:
Played Boss Hogg in big screen version of "The Dukes of Hazzard," based on hit 1970s show
2006:
Cast as King Konreid in Uwe Boll's "Dungeon Siege"
2008:
Played a former poker player who tutors a younger player in "Deal"
2011:
Appeared in comedy spoof "Not Another Not Another Movie"
2011:
Co-starred in romantic comedy "Reel Love" (CMT)
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Education

Palm Beach High School: Palm Beach , Florida -
Florida State University: Tallahassee , Florida -
Palm Beach Junior College: Palm Beach , Florida -
Hyde Park Playhouse: New York , New York -

Notes

He has an official website at www.burtreynolds.com

Unfounded AIDS rumors circulated when Reynolds was suffering from temporomandibular-joint disorder in the 1980s. In the early 90s, Reynolds spoke frankly about his severe illnesses, depression, financial troubles, and substance abuse problems during his career low point in the mid- and late 80s.

Created $1 million endowed chair, Burt Reynolds Chair in Professional and Regional Theatre at Florida State University.

Honored with the American Cancer Society's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991.

"I feel like a grown-up now. I wish I could have been a couple years ago ... I've made bad judgments in terms of people, not cherishing and loving and giving my soul to the right ones (his voice catching as he refers to Dinah Shore and Sally Field), and I regret that I do not have the dignity of Ricardo Montalban, the class of Dean Martin, or the humor of Bill Cosby. I DO have the heart of a lion."---Burt Reynolds to Entertainment Weekly, October 7, 1994.

"My career has been like a heart-attack victim's. I was down at the bottom of the cellar and came back to the top."---Reynolds to EW, April 29/May 6, 2005.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Judy Carne. Actor; comedian. Divorced; best remembered as one of the cast regulars on TV's "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In".
companion:
Dinah Shore. Talk show host, singer, actor. Worked together on TV in such lighthearted fare as "How to Handle a Woman" (NBC, 1972), "Dinah in Search of the Ideal Man" (NBC, 1973), and "Burt Reynolds' Late Show" (NBC, 1973); reunited for "Dinah Shore: A Special Conversation with Burt Reynolds" (TNN, 1991).
companion:
Sally Field. Actor. Had five-year relationship (1977-82); worked together in several films, the best known of which was "Smokey and the Bandit" (1977).
wife:
Loni Anderson. Actor. Married on April 29, 1988 in Jupiter, Florida; best known for her role on the TV sitcom, "WKRP in Cincinnati" (CBS, 1978-1982); filed for divorce in June 1993; their separation was much publicized in the tabloids.
companion:
Pam Seals. Cocktail lounge manager, former professional cheerleader. Became involved with Reynolds approximately a year and a half before his separation from Loni Anderson; born c. 1958; announced engagement in 1998.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Burton Leon Reynolds Sr. Former police chief. Was chief in Riviera Beach, Florida.
mother:
Fern Reynolds. Died on May 5, 1992 at age 90.
son:
Quinton Reynolds. Adopted with Loni Anderson; born c. 1988.

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