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Burt Reynolds was an American actor, director, producer and voice artist

InformationDetail
BirthdayFebruary 11, 1936
Died onSeptember 6, 2018
NationalityAmerican
FamousCollege Dropouts, Film & Theater Personalities, Actors
City/StateMichigan
SpousesLoni Anderson
Known asBurton Leon Reynolds
Childrens Quinton Anderson Reynolds
Universities
  • Florida State University
  • Palm Beach Lakes Community High School
  • Palm Beach Community College
Birth PlaceLansing
Height180cm
GenderMale
FatherBurton Milo Reynolds Sr.
MotherFern H. Reynolds
Sun SignAquarius
Born inLansing
Famous asActor
Died at Age82

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Who is Burt Reynolds?

Burton Leon ‘Burt’ Reynolds, Jr. was an American actor, director, producer, voice artist, ex-restaurant owner and an ex-sports team owner. He was born and brought up in Michigan and had a police chief officer for a father. He went to the Palm Beach High School and Florida State University where he played college professional football and dreamt of pursuing it further but could not see it through as he suffered from serious injuries twice during his youth. He instead went to the Palm Beach Junior, thinking that he will follow his father’s profession. But his acting skills were recognized there and he got a scholarship to work at a theatre in New York. From there onwards he strived and got himself a series of plays, television shows and movies. He was best known for his movies ‘Deliverance’, ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ and ‘Boggie Nights’. Reynolds was winner of an Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award and was nominated for the Academy Award for his supporting role in ‘Boggie Nights’. His immense talent earned him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was linked with many actresses romantically throughout his acting career and was married twice.

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Childhood & Early Life

Burt Reynolds was born in Lansing, Michigan, to Burton Milo Reynolds, Sr. and Fern H. Reynolds. His father was a police chief of Riviera Beach and had also served in the US Army.

Reynolds studied at Palm Beach High School and after that attended the Florida State University on a college football scholarship.

He wanted to become a professional footballer but in the first season he was injured and had another injury in a car accident. This ended his hopes for a football career and after that he thought of becoming a police officer.

He went to the Palm Beach Junior in Lake Worth and it was there that one of his teachers asked him to take part in a play ‘Outward Bound’. He won a Florida State Drama Award for it.

Career

After getting his initial award in acting, Reynolds got a scholarship to work in Hyde Park Playhouse, a summer stock theatre, New York. He met with Joanne Woodward there who helped him finding an agent.

In 1953, he was cast in a play called ‘Tea and Sympathy’ at Neighborhood Playhouse, New York. He was critically appreciated for his performance and went on a tour to perform the play in various parts of the country.

In 1957, he got a part in the play ‘Mister Roberts’. His performance fetched him an audition for a movie called ‘Sayonara’. He was rejected for the role and was told to go and try in the Hollywood.

From 1959 to 1961, he starred in a television series ‘Riverboat’, an NBC series. He worked with Darren McGavin in it. This was offered to him right after he made his Broadway debut with ‘Look, We’ve Come Through’.

In 1959, Reynolds did an episode, ‘The Payoff’, in the television series called ‘The Lawless Years’ which was a crime drama. His character was called ‘Tony Sapio’ and he starred opposite Ruta Lee.

Until 1961, he appeared in episodes of various TV shows like: ‘Pony Express’, ‘The Brothers Brannagan’, ‘The Everglades’, ‘Gunsmoke’, ‘Perry Mason’, ‘The Twilight Zone’, ’12 O-Clock High’, etc.

In 1961, Reynolds acted in his first movie called ‘Angel Baby’. After this movie, he was advised by his good friend and actor Clint Eastwood to act in low-budget movies that are made overseas and he did ‘Navajo Joe’.

Around this time, while he was acting in the low-budget foreign movies, Reynolds worked on two cop television shows called ‘Hawk’ and ‘Dan August’. But he was not happy with the limited creative scope of these shows.

In 1972, his breakthrough movie ‘Deliverance’ was released. It was an American Thriller movie directed by John Boorman, based on a novel written by American writer James Dickey, who also did a small role in the movie.

In 1973, he pursued his singing talent and came out with an album called ‘Ask Me What I Am’ and also sang a duet with Dolly Parton in ‘The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’.

In 1977, Reynolds starred in the movie ‘Smokey and the Bandit’, along with Jerry Reed, Sally Field and Jackie Gleason. In the same year he turned down an offer to act in ‘Star Wars’.

In 1989, he starred in a successful venture called ‘Physical Evidence’, which was a much relief for him from the stereotypical and unsuccessful movies that he was offered after the success of ‘Smokey and the Bandit’.

He produced a television show ‘Win, Lose or Draw’ and appeared in one of its celebrity episodes. In 1989, he starred in a detective drama called ‘B.L. Stryker’ for the ABC Mystery Movie.

In 1990, he starred in a television series produced by CBC called ‘Evening Shade’. His impeccable performance earned him an Emmy Award for it in the category of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.

In 1996, after a long break from acting, Reynolds appeared in the successful ‘Striptease’ and in the following year, he gave another commercial hit called ‘Boggie Nights’ for which he won a Golden Globe.

In 2002, he gave his voice to the character ‘Avery Carrington’ in a video game called ‘Grand Theft: Vice City’. It was a controversial video game which he did right after the creation and touring for ‘Burt Reynolds’ One-Man Show’.

In 2005, he starred in the remake of ‘The Longest Yard’ along with Adam Sandler, who played the part that Reynolds played in the original version of the movie. His performance was criticized and he received a Razzie Award for it.

In 2010, he starred in a small role in American version of ‘Burn Notice’. He played an ex-CIA agent in the series. His performance was appreciated critically as it was a tough role to play for the complexity of the character.

In 2012, he guest starred on ‘Archer’, an animated production of FX TV and also did ‘Saints Row: The Third’ during the same time.

Personal Life & Legacy

Reynolds had a romantic relationship with many female artists like Tammy Wynette, Lucie Arnaz, Susan Clark, Dinah Shore, etc. He was much in news for his relationship with Dinah Shore for she was 20 years older to him.

In 1963, Reynolds got married to actress Judy Carne but the marriage worked out only for 2 years and he got married to Loni Anderson and had a son with her - Quinton Anderson Reynolds. This marriage too ended in 5 years.

In 1993, he had a troublesome divorce with his ex-wife Loni Anderson and had to give away a lot of money to her which ended up into Reynolds declaring himself bankrupt.

Burt Reynolds died of cardiac arrest on September 6, 2018, in Florida, at the age of 82.

Trivia

This famous Hollywood actor lost a lot of money in unsuccessful restaurant ventures in Florida.

In 1978, Reynolds earned his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

He built a dinner theatre in Jupiter, Florida, which he had to eventually sell off.

He declined the role of James Bond by saying that there could never be an American James Bond.

This famous actor had posed naked on the cover of Cosmopolitan in 1972.

Reynolds owned a nightclub called ‘Burt’s Place’ in Atlanta, Georgia.

He co-owned a professional football team Tampa Bay Bandits.

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Burt Reynolds awards

YearNameAward

Golden Globe Awards

1998Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion PictureBoogie Nights (1997)
1992Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalEvening Shade (1990)

Primetime Emmy Awards

1991Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesEvening Shade (1990)

People's Choice Awards

1991Favorite Male Performer in a New TV SeriesWinner
1984Favorite Motion Picture ActorWinner
1983Favorite Motion Picture ActorWinner
1983Favorite All-Around Male EntertainerWinner
1982Favorite Motion Picture ActorWinner
1982Favorite All-Around Male EntertainerWinner
1980Favorite Motion Picture ActorWinner
1979Favorite Motion Picture ActorWinner
1979Favorite All-Around Male EntertainerWinner

Burt Reynolds biography timelines

  • // 11th Feb 1936
    Burt Reynolds was born in Lansing, Michigan, to Burton Milo Reynolds, Sr. and Fern H. Reynolds. His father was a police chief of Riviera Beach and had also served in the US Army.
  • // 1953
    In 1953, he was cast in a play called ‘Tea and Sympathy’ at Neighborhood Playhouse, New York. He was critically appreciated for his performance and went on a tour to perform the play in various parts of the country.
  • // 1957
    In 1957, he got a part in the play ‘Mister Roberts’. His performance fetched him an audition for a movie called ‘Sayonara’. He was rejected for the role and was told to go and try in the Hollywood.
  • // 1959 To 1961
    From 1959 to 1961, he starred in a television series ‘Riverboat’, an NBC series. He worked with Darren McGavin in it. This was offered to him right after he made his Broadway debut with ‘Look, We’ve Come Through’.
  • // 1959
    In 1959, Reynolds did an episode, ‘The Payoff’, in the television series called ‘The Lawless Years’ which was a crime drama. His character was called ‘Tony Sapio’ and he starred opposite Ruta Lee.
  • // 1961
    Until 1961, he appeared in episodes of various TV shows like: ‘Pony Express’, ‘The Brothers Brannagan’, ‘The Everglades’, ‘Gunsmoke’, ‘Perry Mason’, ‘The Twilight Zone’, ’12 O-Clock High’, etc.
  • // 1961
    In 1961, Reynolds acted in his first movie called ‘Angel Baby’. After this movie, he was advised by his good friend and actor Clint Eastwood to act in low-budget movies that are made overseas and he did ‘Navajo Joe’.
  • // 1963
    In 1963, Reynolds got married to actress Judy Carne but the marriage worked out only for 2 years and he got married to Loni Anderson and had a son with her - Quinton Anderson Reynolds. This marriage too ended in 5 years.
  • // 1972
    In 1972, his breakthrough movie ‘Deliverance’ was released. It was an American Thriller movie directed by John Boorman, based on a novel written by American writer James Dickey, who also did a small role in the movie.
  • // 1972
    This famous actor had posed naked on the cover of Cosmopolitan in 1972.
  • // 1973
    In 1973, he pursued his singing talent and came out with an album called ‘Ask Me What I Am’ and also sang a duet with Dolly Parton in ‘The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’.
  • // 1977
    In 1977, Reynolds starred in the movie ‘Smokey and the Bandit’, along with Jerry Reed, Sally Field and Jackie Gleason. In the same year he turned down an offer to act in ‘Star Wars’.
  • // 1978
    In 1978, Reynolds earned his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • // 1989
    In 1989, he starred in a successful venture called ‘Physical Evidence’, which was a much relief for him from the stereotypical and unsuccessful movies that he was offered after the success of ‘Smokey and the Bandit’.
  • // 1989
    He produced a television show ‘Win, Lose or Draw’ and appeared in one of its celebrity episodes. In 1989, he starred in a detective drama called ‘B.L. Stryker’ for the ABC Mystery Movie.
  • // 1990
    In 1990, he starred in a television series produced by CBC called ‘Evening Shade’. His impeccable performance earned him an Emmy Award for it in the category of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.
  • // 1993
    In 1993, he had a troublesome divorce with his ex-wife Loni Anderson and had to give away a lot of money to her which ended up into Reynolds declaring himself bankrupt.
  • // 1996
    In 1996, after a long break from acting, Reynolds appeared in the successful ‘Striptease’ and in the following year, he gave another commercial hit called ‘Boggie Nights’ for which he won a Golden Globe.
  • // 2002
    In 2002, he gave his voice to the character ‘Avery Carrington’ in a video game called ‘Grand Theft: Vice City’. It was a controversial video game which he did right after the creation and touring for ‘Burt Reynolds’ One-Man Show’.
  • // 2005
    In 2005, he starred in the remake of ‘The Longest Yard’ along with Adam Sandler, who played the part that Reynolds played in the original version of the movie. His performance was criticized and he received a Razzie Award for it.
  • // 2010
    In 2010, he starred in a small role in American version of ‘Burn Notice’. He played an ex-CIA agent in the series. His performance was appreciated critically as it was a tough role to play for the complexity of the character.
  • // 2012
    In 2012, he guest starred on ‘Archer’, an animated production of FX TV and also did ‘Saints Row: The Third’ during the same time.
  • // 6th Sep 2018
    Burt Reynolds died of cardiac arrest on September 6, 2018, in Florida, at the age of 82.

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Burt Reynolds's FAQ

  • What is Burt Reynolds birthday?

    Burt Reynolds was born at 1936-02-11

  • When was Burt Reynolds died?

    Burt Reynolds was died at 2018-09-06

  • Where was Burt Reynolds died?

    Burt Reynolds was died in Jupiter, Florida

  • Which age was Burt Reynolds died?

    Burt Reynolds was died at age 82

  • Where is Burt Reynolds's birth place?

    Burt Reynolds was born in Lansing

  • What is Burt Reynolds nationalities?

    Burt Reynolds's nationalities is American

  • Who is Burt Reynolds spouses?

    Burt Reynolds's spouses is Loni Anderson

  • Who is Burt Reynolds childrens?

    Burt Reynolds's childrens is Quinton Anderson Reynolds

  • What was Burt Reynolds universities?

    Burt Reynolds studied at Florida State University, Palm Beach Lakes Community High School, Palm Beach Community College

  • How tall is Burt Reynolds?

    Burt Reynolds's height is 180

  • Who is Burt Reynolds's father?

    Burt Reynolds's father is Burton Milo Reynolds Sr.

  • Who is Burt Reynolds's mother?

    Burt Reynolds's mother is Fern H. Reynolds

  • What is Burt Reynolds's sun sign?

    Burt Reynolds is Aquarius

  • How famous is Burt Reynolds?

    Burt Reynolds is famouse as Actor