Burt Reynolds


Actor
Burt Reynolds

About

Also Known As
Buddy Reynolds, Burton Leon Reynolds Jr.
Birth Place
Lansing, Michigan, USA
Born
February 11, 1936
Died
September 06, 2018
Cause of Death
Cardiac Arrest

Biography

One of the most popular stars in the world for decades, 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 stard...

Photos & Videos

The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas - Publicity Stills
The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas - Scene Stills

Family & Companions

Judy Carne
Wife
Actor; comedian. Divorced; best remembered as one of the cast regulars on TV's "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In".
Dinah Shore
Companion
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).
Sally Field
Companion
Actor. Had five-year relationship (1977-82); worked together in several films, the best known of which was "Smokey and the Bandit" (1977).
Loni Anderson
Wife
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.

Bibliography

"My Life"
Burt Reynolds (1994)

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.

Biography

One of the most popular stars in the world for decades, 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 '80s. But a string of flops and personal setbacks knocked him off his perch at the top of the box office, and by the early '90s, 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, an ambitious but flawed 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. Burt Reynolds died in his adopted hometown of Jupiter, Florida on September 6, 2018. He was 82.

Born Burton Leon Reynolds, Jr. in Lansing, MI on Feb. 11, 1936, his early years were filled with transition. His father was drafted into the U.S. Army while Reynolds was a boy, and for a time, they shuttled between their hometown of Lansing and Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. When his father returned from service in Europe, the family returned to Michigan, where he struggled to fit in with the local children, who were comprised of rural families and Native Americans. Reynolds himself claimed Cherokee ancestry. After his discharge from the Army in 1945, Reynolds' father moved the family to Riviera Beach, FL, where he had been hired as a general contractor for a housing development. The region and its rugged landscape and people held a particular fascination for the young Reynolds, and his feelings of exclusion and isolation soon gave way to a more social outlook. At times, this stance could get the better of him; school zoning forced him to attend a high school far from his home, and the discomfort led to moments of truancy and devil-may-care stunts. This most likely clashed with the family's newfound status in the town; Reynolds' father had transitioned from the contractor job to owner of a lunch counter before joining the Riviera Beach police force and eventually becoming its chief. In later years, Reynolds would describe his father as a tough disciplinarian who never expressed pride in or love for his son, who would later seek that approval in the public eye.

At 14, Reynolds discovered football. He had never shown much interest in organized sports prior to this, but he took to the game with enthusiasm and skill. By the time he was a senior, he had claimed the First Team All-State and All-Southern titles, and received multiple offers for football scholarships. Reynolds eventually chose Florida State University for his higher learning, and fully expected to make a career in professional football; even being drafted by the Baltimore Colts. However, a pair of accidents - one on the gridiron, the other, more devastating, in a car - ended his dreams of an athletic career. Devastated, he briefly considered following in his father's footsteps and becoming a police officer, but the elder Reynolds convinced him to keep up his studies and become a parole officer. While taking classes at Palm Beach Junior College, Reynolds was convinced by a drama teacher to audition for a play. He ended up winning not only the lead role in the production, but the 1956 Florida State Drama Award for his performance.

Despite this early acclaim, acting was still not Reynolds' main endeavor. If anything, he viewed it as an agreeable alternative to more physically demanding work. But fate intervened in the form of a scholarship to the Hyde Park Playhouse, a summer stock theater in New York. There, Reynolds met Joanne Woodward, who helped him get an agent and win a role in "Tea and Sympathy" at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. Positive reviews for his performance led to him touring with the production and even driving the tour bus. He then returned to New York to acquire more acting training. The pursuit was difficult, and Reynolds briefly considered quitting and returning to Florida after one trying class. But he soon landed on his feet and in a production of "Mister Roberts" with Charlton Heston. He so impressed the play's director, John Forsythe, that an audition in Hollywood for the movie "Sayonara" was arranged. The tryout was unfortunately a bust; Reynolds' physical resemblance to the film's star, Marlon Brando, took him out of the running, so he returned to menial work while waiting for his next opportunity.

Reynolds' fondness for stunt work landed him one of his earliest television appearances: he was offered $150 to jump through a plate glass window on live television. Eventually, more substantial (and less dangerous) onscreen work began to come his way. He landed guest shots on a number of series before becoming a semi-regular on "Gunsmoke" (CBS, 1955-1975) as half-Native American blacksmith Quint Asper from 1962-65. His feature film debut came a year earlier with the low-budget drama "Angel Baby" (1961), which was soon followed by more movie appearances in low-budget productions. His friend Clint Eastwood suggested that he try his hand in one of the countless spaghetti Westerns lensed in Italy - the idea had launched Eastwood's career - and in 1966, he starred as an Indian gunslinger serving revenge on the men who massacred his people in "Navajo Joe." The film, though sufficiently violent and action-packed, was later the butt of much self-deprecating humor by Reynolds on talk shows, where he claimed that he had signed on to the film thinking that the director was Sergio Leone, only to find Sergio Corbucci behind the camera.

Reynolds soon followed this with another turn as a Native American, though considerably less bloodthirsty, on the short-lived police drama "Hawk" (ABC, 1966), which cast him as an Iroquois working in the New York District Attorney's office. He continued to appear in minor features at the dawn of the 1970s, and got another shot at TV stardom with "Dan August" (ABC, 1970-71), another cop show. All of these efforts were soon forgotten when Reynolds was cast alongside Jon Voight, Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox in John Boorman's adaptation of James Dickey's harrowing novel "Deliverance" (1972). Reynolds' turn as an Atlanta businessman who taps into his inner savage when assaulted by backwoods marauders won him considerable acclaim from critics as well as a fan base among male actors who appreciated his athleticism, particularly in scenes where his character was required to use a hunting bow. He soon won over the female side of the moviegoing audience with a highly publicized nude layout in the April 1972 issue of Cosmopolitan.

Reynolds soon settled into a string of popular action dramas that drew upon his newly minted screen persona - that of a fun-loving good ole' boy who, when pressed, had a quip for every thrown punch or tossed kiss. Many of these traded upon his Southern upbringing; he drive-in crowd pleasers "White Lightning" (1973) and its sequel, "Gator" (1976), which marked Reynolds' debut as a director, and the more nuanced "W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings" (1975). But he was equally at home in urban settings, as evidenced by the detective thrillers "Shamus" (1973) and "Hustle" (1975), in period pictures like the Western "The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing" (1973), and sports dramas like "The Longest Yard" (1974), one of his most enduring popular features. The film, about an incarcerated former football player who leads his fellow inmates in a game against brutal guards, earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor.

Occasionally, Reynolds stepped out of his comfort zone to try his hand at other genres. Usually, these were not met with critical or commercial success: "At Long Last Love" (1975) was director Peter Bogdanovich's tribute to 1930s musicals that featured Reynolds gamely but ineptly warbling some of Cole Porter's greatest songs. The Roaring Twenties comedy "Lucky Lady" (1975) with Gene Hackman and Liza Minnelli also tanked, as did Bogdanovich's comedy "Nickelodeon" (1976), about the early days of the film industry. Clearly, audiences liked Reynolds on the rough and tumble side, and he quickly returned with one of his biggest hits to date. "Smokey and the Bandit" (1977) was a Southern-set comedy about a roguish truck driver and his hot rod pal who accept a dare to move a shipment of Coors beer (then unavailable east of the Mississippi River) across state lines in less than two days. The film delivered everything that Reynolds' fans wanted from him: slam-bang action, broad comedy courtesy of the legendary Jackie Gleason as the "Smokey" of the equation, and winning romantic chemistry with the film's female lead, former television star and "America's Sweetheart," Sally Field. In real life, Reynolds and Field were an item, and their undeniable charisma onscreen helped to sell the film to female viewers, which in turn helped to make "Smokey" the second highest-grossing film of the year; second only to "Star Wars" (1977).

The success of "Smokey" was another high water mark for Reynolds during the 1970s, a decade he was beginning to own as the preeminent Hollywood leading man. His box office appeal during the latter half of decade was nearly unstoppable, even in the face of several flops in a row. He was a frequent guest on talk shows, most notably "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" (NBC, 1962-1992), where he entertained with his freewheeling manner and knack for outrageous stories which never failed to leave Carson in stitches. In fact, Reynolds was the first non-comic actor asked to guest-host "The Tonight Show." He first sat in for Johnny in 1972, and among his guests that evening was his ex-wife, comedienne Judy Carne, whom he had not seen in six years after a bitter divorce. The couple were married from 1963-65 and their breakup would foreshadow a future filled with public recriminations and broken hearts left in Reynold's wake. Indeed, his love life was as much a source of interest to the public as his work onscreen. The media intensely followed his love affair with Field. They were America's favorite couple for a time, but the relationship ended after the actress turned down Reynold's numerous proposals. He would later speak fondly of her as a positive influence on his life and that she had been the love of his life. In addition to Field, he made the tabloid rounds for squiring such famous performers as Tammy Wynette, Lorna Luft, tennis star Chris Evert and entertainer Dinah Shore. The latter was particularly notable due to the couple's age difference, as Shore was some two decades older than Reynolds. So great was his appeal during this period that despite a less than stellar singing voice, he was called upon to do so on numerous occasions, and even released an album, Ask Me What I Am, in 1973. Indeed if Farrah Fawcett-Majors was the decade's most iconic female sex symbol, Reynolds was quickly becoming her male counterpart.

The end of the 1970s saw Reynolds continue to rack up box office hits while stretching as an artist in favorable ways. Starring opposite Field in their final film together, the aptly titled "The End" (1978) cast him as a terminally ill man who attempts and fails miserably to take his own life, while "Starting Over" (1979) found him slipping easily into everyman status as a divorcé who pines for his ex-wife while exploring a new romance with Jill Clayburgh. Of course, Reynolds still gave his fans what they wanted, as evidenced by the comedy "Hooper" (1978), about a risk-loving stuntman (based on Reynolds' friend and frequent director Hal Needham) who struggles with the toll his career has taken on his body while attempting one last, dangerous stunt. "Smokey and the Bandit II" (1980) was an inevitability, and a similar success; in fact paving the way for one of Reynolds' biggest hits, the cartoonish road comedy "The Cannonball Run" (1981). A broad, seemingly improvised farce about a cross-country road race, the film featured many of Reynolds' friends and regular co-stars, including Dom DeLuise, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr., football great Terry Bradshaw, and Farrah Fawcett-Majors. Dismissed by critics during its release, its barrage of immature gags and car crashes made it a massive success among moviegoers and a bit of a cult favorite decades later.

The advent of the 1980s started out strong for Reynolds, with the sex comedy "Paternity" (1981) and the violent cop drama "Sharky's Machine" (1982), which Reynolds directed and populated with a host of top character actors, including Charles Durning, Brian Keith, Bernie Casey and Henry Silva. It was his highest-grossing effort as an actor-director, but it also signaled the beginning of a sharp decline in his personal fortunes, as well as his reign at the top of the box office. Reynolds was cast alongside Dolly Parton and several of his longtime cronies in the film version of the hit Broadway musical "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" (1982), which failed to match the popularity of its source material. "Best Friends" (1982) with Goldie Hawn was a chance to return to the more mature comedy of "Starting Over," but it too lacked appeal for Reynolds' longtime followers. A reunion with "Cannonball Run" director Hal Needham resulted in the loud comedy "Stroker Ace" (1983) and the self-indulgent "Cannonball Run II" (1983). The sole high point during this period was his highly publicized courtship of and marriage to TV star, Loni Anderson of "WKRP in Cincinnati" (CBS, 1978-1982) fame, whom had co-starred with him in "Stroker Ace." But as history soon revealed, even that haven of bliss would prove disastrous.

For the remainder of the 1980s, Reynolds stumbled from one flop to another. There were occasional modest hits; "City Heat" (1984) was a period comedy co-starring the then-reigning box office champ, old buddy Clint Eastwood, and the Elmore Leonard adaptation "Stick" (1985) as well as "Heat" (1986), both of which had their noirish moments. But for the most part, he was mired in efforts like "Rent-A-Cop" (1988). "Breaking In" (1989), with its script by John Sayles and direction by Bill Forsyth, reminded viewers that Reynolds could, when given the proper material, play a full-blown character - in this case, an aging safecracker who partners with an up-and-coming hood. Reynolds, who had entered his fifties by this point, won praise for his performance, which required him to strip away the self-satisfied persona he had borne for decades, including his long-rumored toupee, but too few viewers saw the film, and he was soon back to forgettable material like "Cop and a Half" (1993) and the campy thriller "The Maddening" (1996).

Television proved to be a solace for Reynolds' foundering career. With his friend actor-singer Bert Convy, he enjoyed success as the producer of the game show "Win, Lose or Draw" (NBC/syndication, 1987-1990), which utilized many of his celebrity friends as guests. He starred for one season as "B.L. Stryker" (ABC, 1989-1990) a carefree private detective who lives on his boat docked in southern Florida. Even more popular was "Evening Shade" (CBS, 1990-1994), a genial sitcom again set in his beloved South, with Reynolds as a former pro footballer who returns to his hometown to coach a doggedly losing high school team. The series generated some of the most positive reviews of Reynolds' later career, as well as an Emmy and Golden Globe for his performance. But the momentum generated by the series was soon undermined by an ugly personal scandal.

For years, Reynolds' marriage to Anderson was held up as one of Hollywood's strongest unions. It had endured his reputation as a ladies' man, and even survived his two-year struggle with morphine and antidepressant addiction, which came after an injury on the set of "City Heat" required reconstructive surgery on his jaw, and allegations that the extreme weight loss incurred by the accident was the result of AIDS. The couple's adoption of a son, Quentin, Reynolds' sole offspring, only seemed to solidify things, but in 1993, he shocked friends and fans alike by filing from divorce from Anderson. Irreconcilable differences were cited as the reason for the split, but rumors of infidelity swirled around the court case that followed. Reynolds was, in fact, having an affair with waitress Pam Seals, and tabloids ate up every morsel of the "he said"/"she said" that flew back and forth between the warring couple. In fact, the pressures of their respective careers had also weighed heavily on the divorce; "Evening Shade" had demanded much of Reynolds' time, and at the time of their split, Anderson had signed on to the final season of "Nurses" (NBC, 1991-94). However, there was no denying Reynolds had moved on to Seal, signaling the end of yet another fabled Burt Reynolds relationship.

Whatever the case, the divorce took a deeper toll on Reynolds beyond its emotional impact. By 1994, "Evening Shade" had run its course, and he was mired in a financial tailspin due to the legal and alimony costs of the split from Anderson, as well as a string of bad investments. There were solid turns at the movies in "Citizen Ruth" (1996) and "Striptease" (1996), but the news that year was firmly focused on his bankruptcy filing. Reynolds, once the toast of Hollywood and one of the most popular performers in the world, had appeared to hit bottom. However, as was often the case with Reynolds, a comeback was right around the corner. He was approached by then-unknown director Paul Thomas Anderson to play a fading adult film director in "Boogie Nights" (1997), an Altman-esque character study of the tragic figures swirling around the Los Angeles porn scene in the late '70s and early '80s. Reynolds was initially reluctant to play the proud, wounded Jack Horner, and even dismissed the film in early press as a mistake on his part, but its subsequent critical success soon turned his opinion around. Most of the ink spilled on the picture centered on his performance, which earned him a Golden Globe and countless critical awards. He was considered a shoo-in for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar, but lost to Robin Williams for "Good Will Hunting" (1997).

The exposure and acclaim Reynolds received for "Boogie Nights" gave his career the boost it desperately needed, and for the next decade, he was a constant present in both Hollywood and independent features. Some were hits; a remake of "The Longest Yard" (2005), with Adam Sandler in Reynolds' role, and a big-screen version of "The Dukes of Hazzard" (2005) with Reynolds as Sorrell Booke's Boss Hogg, scored with audiences, but most were modest efforts that made their debut on cable or DVD. As the years passed and Reynolds entered into his senior years, he seemed to make peace with his superstar past, and spoofed it on many occasions; most notably in a series of Miller Lite beer commercials. He also mounted his own one-man show, the aptly titled "Burt Reynolds' One-Man Show," in which he told stories of his famous friends and poked gentle fun at his own foibles. In 1994, he penned his autobiography, My Life, which detailed his difficult upbringing and his adventures in Hollywood. In 2009, he checked into rehab after admitting to an addiction to painkillers following back surgery.

Ever the survivor, Reynolds returned to work in the new decade with a 2010 appearance as a retired Cold War-era agent stalked by Russian assassins in an episode of the action-adventure series "Burn Notice" (USA Network, 2007-13). Reynolds picked up the pace the following year with a number of projects, among them a turn opposite Chevy Chase in the low-rent, direct-to-DVD spoof "Not Another Not Another Movie" (2011) and a supporting role as the fishing-obsessed father of a small-town girl (LeAnn Rimes) who returns home to reconnect with her roots in the romantic comedy "Reel Love" (CMT, 2011). Employing his distinctive voice, the actor also played himself in the action-crime video game "Saints Row: The Third" (THQ, 2011) and performed similar vocal duties for a 2012 episode of the animated spy spoof "Archer" (FX, 2009- ). Reynolds gave longtime fans a scare, when in January 2013, the 76-year-old icon was rushed to the intensive care unit of a Florida hospital. In a released statement it was revealed that Reynolds had been diagnosed with a worsening bout of influenza. After a string of minor direct-to-video films, Reynolds starred in indie drama "The Last Movie Star" (2017) and romantic comedy "Miami Love Affair" (2017). Burt Reynolds died of cardiac arrest at his home in Jupiter, Florida on September 6, 2018. He was 82.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

The Last Producer (2001)
Director
Hard Time (1998)
Director
The Man from Left Field (1993)
Director
Night Train (1990)
Director
Die Laughing (1989)
Director
Blues For Buder (1989)
Director
Stick (1985)
Director
Sharky's Machine (1981)
Director
The End (1978)
Director
Gator (1976)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs (2017)
Himself
Dog Years (2017)
Pocket Listing (2016)
Reel Love (2011)
A Bunch of Amateurs (2008)
Forget About It (2008)
Deal (2008)
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2008)
Randy and the Mob (2007)
Cloud Nine (2006)
Grilled (2006)
End Game (2006)
Broken Bridges (2006)
The Longest Yard (2005)
The Dukes of Hazzard (2005)
Without a Paddle (2004)
Time of the Wolf (2002)
Miss Lettie and Me (2002)
Samuel Madison
Hotel (2001)
The Last Producer (2001)
Driven (2001)
The Crew (2000)
Stringer (1999)
The Hunter's Moon (1999)
Pups (1999)
Mystery, Alaska (1999)
The Premonition (1999)
Hostage Hotel (1999)
Hard Time (1998)
Waterproof (1998)
Crazy Six (1998)
AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (1998)
Meet Wally Sparks (1997)
Bean (1997)
Boogie Nights (1997)
Big City Blues (1997)
Mad Dog Time (1996)
The Maddening (1996)
Striptease (1996)
Citizen Ruth (1996)
Cherokee Kid (1996)
Cop And A Half (1993)
Nick Mckenna
The Man from Left Field (1993)
Jack
The Player (1992)
Himself
Winner Takes All (1990)
Plates (1990)
High Rise (1990)
B L Stryker
Night Train (1990)
Modern Love (1990)
Colonel Frank Parker
Grand Theft Hotel (1990)
All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
Voice
Breaking In (1989)
The King of Jazz (1989)
Die Laughing (1989)
Royal Gambit (1989)
B L Stryker
Auntie Sue (1989)
The Dancer's Touch (1989)
B L Stryker
Blues For Buder (1989)
B L Stryker
Blind Chess (1989)
B L Stryker
Rent-A-Cop (1988)
Switching Channels (1988)
Physical Evidence (1988)
Malone (1987)
Heat (1987)
The Spencer Tracy Legacy (1986)
Uphill All the Way (1986)
Poker Player
Stick (1985)
Ernest Stickley--Stick
Southern Voices, American Dreams (1985)
Himself
City Heat (1984)
Cannonball Run II (1984)
The Man who Loved Women (1983)
SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT, PART 3 (1983)
Stroker Ace (1983)
Stroker Ace
Best Friends (1982)
Richard Babson
The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (1982)
Paternity (1981)
The Cannonball Run (1981)
Sharky's Machine (1981)
Rough Cut (1980)
Smokey And The Bandit II (1980)
Starting Over (1979)
The End (1978)
Hooper (1978)
Smokey And The Bandit (1977)
Semi-Tough (1977)
Gator (1976)
Nickelodeon (1976)
Silent Movie (1976)
Hustle (1975)
At Long Last Love (1975)
Lucky Lady (1975)
Walker
The Longest Yard (1974)
W. W. and the Dixie Dancekings (1974)
Shamus (1973)
White Lightning (1973)
The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing (1973)
Deliverance (1972)
Lewis [Medlock]
"Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex"* but Were Afraid to Ask (1972)
Switchboard
Fuzz (1972)
Det. Steve Carella
Skullduggery (1970)
Douglas Temple
Impasse (1969)
Pat Morrison
Sam Whiskey (1969)
Sam Whiskey
Shark! (1969)
Caine
100 Rifles (1969)
Yaqui Joe
Navajo Joe (1967)
Navajo Joe
Operation CIA (1965)
Mark Andrews
Angel Baby (1961)
Hoke Adams
Armored Command (1961)
Skee

Producer (Feature Film)

The Man from Left Field (1993)
Executive Producer
The Man Upstairs (1992)
Executive Producer
Winner Takes All (1990)
Co-Executive Producer
High Rise (1990)
Co-Executive Producer
Grand Theft Hotel (1990)
Co-Executive Producer
Plates (1990)
Co-Executive Producer
Night Train (1990)
Co-Executive Producer
The King of Jazz (1989)
Co-Executive Producer
The Dancer's Touch (1989)
Co-Executive Producer
Die Laughing (1989)
Co-Executive Producer
Royal Gambit (1989)
Co-Executive Producer
Hustle (1975)
Executive Producer

Music (Feature Film)

Dog Years (2017)
Song Performer
All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
Song Performer
Lucky Lady (1975)
Song Performer ("Ain'T Misbehavin")

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs (2017)
Other
The Player (1992)
Other
Southern Voices, American Dreams (1985)
Other

Director (Special)

Harlan & Merleen (1993)
Director
Class Clowns (1992)
Segment Director

Cast (Special)

History vs. Hollywood (2001)
Narrator
World Stunt Awards (2001)
Presenter
Jackie Gleason: The Great One (2001)
Interviewee
Founding Fathers (2000)
Voice
Raquel Welch (1999)
Intimate Portrait: Marilu Henner (1999)
The Life and Times of Tammy Wynette (1998)
Interviewee
A Conversation with Burt Reynolds (1997)
Host
NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT (1996)
Smithsonian Fantastic Journey (1996)
The Golden Globe's 50th Anniversary Celebration (1994)
Good Morning America: Evening Edition (1993)
Dame Edna's Hollywood (1993)
What Is This Thing Called Love? (1993)
The Andy Griffith Show Reunion (1993)
The First Annual Comedy Hall of Fame (1993)
Presenter
Laughing Matters (1993)
The 19th Annual People's Choice Awards (1993)
Presenter
Wind in the Wire (1993)
The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1992)
Presenter
Hats Off to Minnie Pearl: America Honors Minnie Pearl (1992)
Class Clowns (1992)
Super Bowl Saturday Night (1992)
Host
The 4th Annual Desi Awards (1992)
Presenter
49th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1992)
Performer
The 17th Annual People's Choice Awards (1991)
Host
Bob Hope & Friends: Making New Memories (1991)
The Very Best of The Ed Sullivan Show -- II (1991)
A Party for Richard Pryor (1991)
1991 Emmy Awards (1991)
Performer
Entertainers '91: The Top 20 of the Year (1991)
Dinah Shore: A Special Conversation with Burt Reynolds (1991)
1991 King Orange Jamboree Parade (1991)
The All-Star Pro Sports Awards (1990)
Performer
Jackie Gleason: The Great One (1988)
Secrets Men Never Share (1988)
The Golden Eagle Awards (1987)
Performer
A Beverly Hills Christmas (1987)
Happy Birthday, Hollywood! (1987)
Ultimate Stuntman: A Tribute to Dar Robinson (1987)
An All-Star Party for "Dutch" Reagan (1985)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: 23rd Anniversary (1985)
Perry Como's Christmas in Hawaii (1985)
TV's Censored Bloopers (1984)
All-Star Party For Lucille Ball (1984)
The Screen Actors Guild 50th Anniversary Celebration (1984)
Celebrity Daredevils (1983)
Steve Martin's the Winds of Whoopie (1983)
Dom DeLuise and Friends (1983)
Jerry Reed and Special Friends (1982)
The Best Little Special in Texas (1982)
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982)
The Celebrity Football Classic (1979)
The Wayne Newton Special (1974)
Guest
Burt and the Girls (1973)
The Very First Glen Campbell Special (1973)
Burt Reynolds' Late Show (1973)
Host
Dinah in Search of the Ideal Man (1973)
Super Comedy Bowl 2 (1972)
How to Handle a Woman (1972)
The Man from Everywhere (1961)
Branch Taylor

Writer (Special)

Harlan & Merleen (1993)
From Story

Producer (Special)

A Conversation with Burt Reynolds (1997)
Executive Producer
Harlan & Merleen (1993)
Executive Producer
Cotton Club '75 (1974)
Executive Producer

Special Thanks (Special)

Harlan & Merleen (1993)
From Story

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Hard Ground (2003)
Johnson County War (2002)
Universal Soldier 3: Unfinished Business (1998)
Universal Soldier 2: Brothers in Arms (1998)
Raven (1997)
Frankenstein and Me (1996)

Life Events

1956

Made his professional stage debut in a revival of "Mr. Roberts" (co-starring Charlton Heston) at NYC City Center Theatre

1959

Made first regular TV appearance on "Riverboat" (NBC)

1961

Made first appearance on film in "Angel Baby"

1961

Made Broadway debut in short-lived play "Look: We've Come Through"

1962

Played Quint Asper for several season on long-running CBS Western "Gunsmoke"

1966

Cast in the title role on police detective series "Hawk" (ABC)

1970

Played title role on ABC police detective series "Dan August"

1972

Became one of the first-ever nude male centerfolds in a mainstream magazine with appearance in <i>Cosmopolitan</i> (April)

1972

Gave a breakthrough performance in 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

Made his feature directorial debut with "Gator"; also starred

1977

Made his first film with Hal Needham as director, "Smokey and the Bandit"; also co-starred with future off-screen companion Sally Field

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 one of his most famous roles in the sequel "Smokey and the Bandit II"

1980

Enjoyed a hit with "The Cannonball Run", his 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"

1990

Starred as former pro football player Wood Newton on popular CBS sitcom "Evening Shade"; also directed and produced

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"

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

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

Received a major career boost after starring in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights" as porn mogul Jack Horner; earned his 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)

2011

Cast as Mayor Burt Reynolds in the video game "Saints Row: The Third"

2012

Voiced an animated version of himself on hit adult cartoon "Archer"

2014

Co-starred with C. Thomas Howell in hurricane drama "Category 5"

2015

Appeared in crime comedy "Pocket Listing"

2016

Played Grandpa Barnes in family dramedy "Elbow Grease"

2016

Starred in horror comedy "Hollow Creek"

2016

Played Ron Wilcox in racing sitcom "Hitting the Breaks"

2017

Played Burt Reynolds, retired movie star, on sitcom "In Sanity, Florida"

2018

Led the cast of aging drama "The Last Movie Star"

2018

Starred in boxing drama "Shadow Fighter"

2018

Appeared in final screen role in the posthumously released comedy "Defining Moments"

Photo Collections

The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas - Publicity Stills
Here are a few Publicity Stills from The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (1982), starring Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas - Scene Stills
Here are a few Scene Stills from The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (1982), starring Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton.

Videos

Movie Clip

Nickelodeon (1976) - Ask For A German Bagel Ambitious Floridian Buck (Burt Reynolds), following a goofy lead to his second New York gig, enters a bakery that turns out to be a low-rent movie company (Gustav and Bertil Unger the twin proprietors), which gets raided by their bigger rivals, in Peter Bogdanovich's Nickelodeon, 1976.
White Lightning (1973) - All Them Damn Hippies Scenes introducing leading man Burt Reynolds as convicted Arkansas bootlegger Gator McClusky, Lincoln Demyan the warden, Barbara Muller his distraught cousin, discussing the murder from the opening scene, in White Lightning, 1973, also starring Ned Beatty and Bo Hopkins.
White Lightning (1973) - I Don't Rightly Know Provisionally paroled on a promise to help prosecute a crooked sheriff, bootlegger Gator (Burt Reynolds) visits his parents (Dabbs Greer, Iris Korn), bereaved over the murder of their younger son, at their Arkansas farm, in White Lightning, 1973, directed by Joseph Sargent.
White Lightning (1973) - Open, Donny With the credits, Ned Beatty, whom we'll learn is a crooked Arkansas sheriff, murders two college students, one of whom plays the brother of leading man Burt Reynolds, (as bootlegger Gator McClusky), in his breakout action hit White Lightning, 1973, directed by Joseph Sargent.
White Lightning (1973) - I'm Talking About My Brother! Nice scene for the always under-appreciated Matt Clark as mechanic/bootlegger Dude, as Gator (Burt Reynolds), working with the feds, presses him for info about the crooked sheriff who killed his brother, Dianne Ladd as Dude’s wife, the girl on the tire swing her real daughter, Laura Dern, in White Lightning, 1973.
White Lightning (1973) - Women And The Po-lice Working undercover for the feds, Gator (Burt Reynolds) finishes buddying up to bootlegger Roy (Bo Hopkins) then insists that Dude (Matt Clark) introduce him to Sheriff Connors (Ned Beatty), the object of his vengeance, in White Lightning, 1973, location shooting in downtown Benton, Arkansas.
Best Friends (1982) - I Started Getting Cold In Arizona Married now but uneasy, in the screenplay by married Valerie Curtin and Barry Levinson, screenwriters Richard and Paula (Burt Reynolds, Goldie Hawn) arrive in wintry Buffalo (on location, at the now-defunct but still-standing Central Terminal), meeting her parents, Barnard Hughes and Jessica Tandy, in Best Friends, 1982.
Hooper (1978) - Chariot Race Is Next! At a completely imaginary stunt-man’s benefit show in LA, Burt Reynolds as the title character is a big draw, Alfie Wise his buddy, Norm Grabowski as Hammerhead, and Jan-Michael Vincent flies in as “the Kid,” about whom there’s lots of buzz, with hero stunt man Hal Needham directing, in Hooper, 1978.
Hooper (1978) - Perfect Companion With language that might not be chosen today, and their relationship undefined, Burt Reynolds as the stunt-man title character arrives home from the set to fairly-worried Sally Field as Gwen (the two were a couple at the time), with impressive double-talking, Hal Needham directing, in Hooper, 1978.
Hooper (1978) - We May Be In Trouble First an uncredited song (the singer’s sign-off maybe the inspiration for the Toby Keith hit?) then title character Burt Reynolds with his crew at an LA bar, his squeeze Sally Field, Brian Keith and later Jan-Michael Vincent, tangle with a gang led by Steelers QB Terry Bradshaw, the reigning Super Bowl MVP (with stunt stalwart Robert Tessier), in Hooper, 1978.
Hooper (1978) - I Won't Do Any Acting After suiting up in the credits, star Burt Reynolds (the stunt-man title character Sonny) roars down to the set where Robert Klein is the director, Adam West plays himself as the star he’s doubling-for, and James Best his buddy Cully, with Burt pal and legendary stunt man Hal Needham directing, in Hooper, 1978.
Best Friends (1982) - Don't Call Me That In a downtown LA wedding chapel, very tentative screenwriting couple Richard and Paula (Burt Reynolds, Goldie Hawn) have decided to tie the knot, finding the ever-screwy Richard Libertini ready to officiate, in Best Friends, 1982, by married screenwriters Valerie Curtin and Barry Levinson.

Trailer

Longest Yard, The (1974) -- (Theatrical Trailer) The original trailer is a fair reflection of Robert Aldrich’s landmark football comic-drama, The Longest Yard, 1974, which received a decidedly mixed reception, but grossed better-than $22-million.
Best Friends (1982) -- Original Trailer Trailer for director Norman Jewison's 1982 rom-com with Burt Reynolds and Goldie Hawn, Best Friends, broadly based on the real-life relationship between screenwriters Valerie Curtin and Barry Levinson.
Hooper (1978) -- Original Trailer Stunt man turned director Hal Needham directs Burt Reynolds as a living-legend Hollywood stunt man, in Hooper, 1978, co-starring Sally Field.
Silent Movie - (Original Trailer) A film director struggles to produce a major silent feature film in Mel Brooks' Silent Movie (1976).
Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex - (Original Trailer) Woody Allen's 1972 comic adaptation of the popular sex manual.
End, The - (Original Trailer) Burt Reynolds is dying so he hires loony Dom DeLuise to kill him in the comedy The End (1978).
Man Who Loved Cat Dancing, The - (Original Trailer) A vengeful outlaw (Burt Reynolds) protects a woman from his gang in The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing (1973).
Deliverance - (Pan-and-scan trailer) Four city businessmen find danger and death in the Georgia backwoods in John Boorman's Deliverance (1972) starring Burt Reynolds and Jon Voight.
Smokey And The Bandit - (Original Trailer) The Bandit (Burt Reynolds) clears the road of Smokey (Jackie Gleason) for a cross-country beer run in Smokey And The Bandit (1977).

Family

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

Companions

Judy Carne
Wife
Actor; comedian. Divorced; best remembered as one of the cast regulars on TV's "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In".
Dinah Shore
Companion
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).
Sally Field
Companion
Actor. Had five-year relationship (1977-82); worked together in several films, the best known of which was "Smokey and the Bandit" (1977).
Loni Anderson
Wife
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.
Pam Seals
Companion
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.

Bibliography

"My Life"
Burt Reynolds (1994)

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.