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Birth information

11 February 1936 Lansing, Michigan, USA

Death information

6 September 2018 Jupiter, Florida, USA

Given Name

Burton Leon Reynolds Jr.

Nickname

Buddy

How tall is Burt Reynolds?

1.8 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Loni Anderson
Judy Carne

Life Story of Burt Reynolds

Enduring, strong-featured, and genial star of US cinema, Burt Reynolds started off in T.V. westerns in the 1960s and then carved his name into 1970s/1980s popular culture, as a sex symbol (posing nearly naked for "Cosmopolitan" magazine), and on-screen as both a rugged action figure and then as a wisecracking, Southern type of "good ol' boy."

Burton Leon Reynolds was born in Lansing, Michigan. He was the son of Fern (Miller) and Burton Milo Reynolds, who was in the army. After World War II, his family moved to Riviera Beach, Florida, where his father was chief of police, and where Burt excelled as an athlete and played with Florida State University. He became an All Star Southern Conference halfback (and was earmarked by the Baltimore Colts) before a knee injury and a car accident ended his football career. Midway through college he dropped out and headed to New York with aspirations of becoming an actor. There he worked in restaurants and clubs while pulling the odd TV spot or theatre role.

He was spotted in a New York City production of "Mister Roberts," signed to a TV contract, and eventually had recurring roles in such shows as Gunsmoke (1955),...

Significant features of Burt Reynolds

Deep stern voice
Rebellious but likeable characters
Moustache

How much money has Burt Reynolds earned?

Smokey and the Bandit (1977) $1,000,000
The Cannonball Run (1981) $5,000,000 + 10% gross
Best Friends (1982) $3,000,000 + 10% gross
The Man Who Loved Women (1983) $3,000,000
Cannonball Run II (1984) ...

Publications and Magazines about Burt Reynolds

Nancy Streebeck The Films of Burt Reynolds. 1982
Burt Reynolds My Life. 1991
Dianna Whitley Burt Reynolds: Portrait of a Superstar. 1995
Bernhardt J. Hurwood Burt Reynolds. 1979
Reynolds, Burt But Enough About Me: A Memoir. 2015

Biographical movies about Burt Reynolds

E! True Hollywood Story: "Burt Reynolds" Episode #4.11 2000

What movies did Burt Reynolds play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Victim Number 8 (2013) , Big City Blues (1997) , A Conversation with Burt Reynolds (1997) , Evening Shade , The Man from Left Field (1993) , The Man Upstairs (1992) , B.L. Stryker (1990) , Win, Lose or Draw (1987) , Hooper (1978) , Hustle (1975) , Cotton Club '75 (1974) ,
Directors Filmography
The Last Producer (2000) , Hard Time (1998) , Evening Shade (1994) , The Man from Left Field (1993) , Harlan & Merleen (1993) , The New WKRP in Cincinnati (1992) , B.L....

Birth information

11 February 1936 Lansing, Michigan, USA

Death information

6 September 2018 Jupiter, Florida, USA

Given Name

Burton Leon Reynolds Jr.

Nickname

Buddy

How tall is Burt Reynolds?

1.8 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Loni Anderson
Judy Carne

Life Story of Burt Reynolds

Enduring, strong-featured, and genial star of US cinema, Burt Reynolds started off in T.V. westerns in the 1960s and then carved his name into 1970s/1980s popular culture, as a sex symbol (posing nearly naked for "Cosmopolitan" magazine), and on-screen as both a rugged action figure and then as a wisecracking, Southern type of "good ol' boy."

Burton Leon Reynolds was born in Lansing, Michigan. He was the son of Fern (Miller) and Burton Milo Reynolds, who was in the army. After World War II, his family moved to Riviera Beach, Florida, where his father was chief of police, and where Burt excelled as an athlete and played with Florida State University. He became an All Star Southern Conference halfback (and was earmarked by the Baltimore Colts) before a knee injury and a car accident ended his football career. Midway through college he dropped out and headed to New York with aspirations of becoming an actor. There he worked in restaurants and clubs while pulling the odd TV spot or theatre role.

He was spotted in a New York City production of "Mister Roberts," signed to a TV contract, and eventually had recurring roles in such shows as Gunsmoke (1955),...

Significant features of Burt Reynolds

Deep stern voice
Rebellious but likeable characters
Moustache

How much money has Burt Reynolds earned?

Smokey and the Bandit (1977) $1,000,000
The Cannonball Run (1981) $5,000,000 + 10% gross
Best Friends (1982) $3,000,000 + 10% gross
The Man Who Loved Women (1983) $3,000,000
Cannonball Run II (1984) ...

Publications and Magazines about Burt Reynolds

Nancy Streebeck The Films of Burt Reynolds. 1982
Burt Reynolds My Life. 1991
Dianna Whitley Burt Reynolds: Portrait of a Superstar. 1995
Bernhardt J. Hurwood Burt Reynolds. 1979
Reynolds, Burt But Enough About Me: A Memoir. 2015

Biographical movies about Burt Reynolds

E! True Hollywood Story: "Burt Reynolds" Episode #4.11 2000

What movies did Burt Reynolds play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Victim Number 8 (2013) , Big City Blues (1997) , A Conversation with Burt Reynolds (1997) , Evening Shade , The Man from Left Field (1993) , The Man Upstairs (1992) , B.L. Stryker (1990) , Win, Lose or Draw (1987) , Hooper (1978) , Hustle (1975) , Cotton Club '75 (1974) ,
Directors Filmography
The Last Producer (2000) , Hard Time (1998) , Evening Shade (1994) , The Man from Left Field (1993) , Harlan & Merleen (1993) , The New WKRP in Cincinnati (1992) , B.L....

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Lauren Holly and Burt Reynolds in Letzte Ausfahrt Hollywood (2000)

In 1968 he tested for a role in Rosemary's Baby (1968), but Roman Polanski ended up casting John Cassavetes for the part.

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Lauren Holly and Burt Reynolds in Letzte Ausfahrt Hollywood (2000)

When Francis Ford Coppola decided to make a project about the life of the famous Preston Tucker, he wanted Reynolds to play Tucker. They had many discussions about the movie and made plans, but the film did not get made until 1988, this time with Jeff Bridges in the role. Reynolds only got Lewis Medlock's role in Deliverance (1972) after the stars who were originally chosen to play the lead--including Marlon Brando, Henry Fonda and James Stewart--declined the part, after they heard about the risks of the Chattooga River.

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Lauren Holly and Burt Reynolds in Letzte Ausfahrt Hollywood (2000)

Had an adopted son, Quinton A. Reynolds (aka Quinton Anderson Reynolds, born August 31, 1988), with former wife Loni Anderson.

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Burt Reynolds and Carrie Preston in Emeril (2000)

His working relationship with Paul Thomas Anderson during the making of Boogie Nights (1997) was very difficult and he hated the film so much that he fired his agent immediately after viewing a screening. This was before the critical raves after the New York Film Festival occurred. He was then convinced by Anderson to promote the film on a radio tour and was further enraged at Anderson's behavior (constantly not letting Reynolds speak). This was the final straw for Reynolds, who, after a week or so of promoting the film, tried to punch Anderson in the face and stopped promoting the film. Reynolds refused to participate in Anderson's next project, Magnolia (1999).

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Burt Reynolds, Carrie Preston, Sherri Shepherd, and Lisa Ann Walter in Emeril (2000)

Attended Florida State University on a football scholarship, but only played in two seasons. He was a star running back. His college football career was ended by a knee injury.

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Burt Reynolds and Emeril Lagasse in Emeril (2000)

Was the original choice to play Garrett Breedlove in Terms of Endearment (1983). Although he loved the script, he had already agreed to star in Stroker Ace (1983), so he turned down the role. As a result, the role went to Jack Nicholson, who eventually won an Oscar for it. Reynolds later commented that this was one of his most terrible mistakes.

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Burt Reynolds and Anne Francis in Auf der Jagd nach dem verlorenen Gold (1969)

During the mid-'80s he tried to make a comeback with Heat (1986), written by William Goldman. He hoped the movie, directed by Robert Altman, would mark a new phase in his career. Unfortunately, Altman had an altercation with producer Elliott Kastner and left the project. The movie ended up being a box-office failure.

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Burt Reynolds, Carrie Preston, Sherri Shepherd, and Lisa Ann Walter in Emeril (2000)

Was a 1958 graduate of Florida State University.

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Dolly Parton, Burt Reynolds, and Jim Nabors in The Best Little Special in Texas (1982)

Mentioned in the theme song of the pilot version (4 Nov 1981) of the 1980s TV hit The Fall Guy (1981).

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Was the first actor ever asked to guest-host The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962). Prior to Reynolds, only comedians had been invited. His first (?) guest was his ex-wife Judy Carne, who he hadn't spoken to in over six years after a very bitter divorce.

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Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds in The Best Little Special in Texas (1982)

He bared almost all for a Cosmopolitan centerfold in 1972.

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Dolly Parton, Burt Reynolds, and Jim Nabors in The Best Little Special in Texas (1982)

Was seriously involved with Inger Stevens shortly before her suicide in 1970. He refused to discuss the relationship.

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Burt Reynolds in The Best Little Special in Texas (1982)

Member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

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Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds in The Best Little Special in Texas (1982)

Had a relationship with Sally Field for many years, but she refused his numerous proposals, and they eventually broke up. He said that she was a positive influence on him and, in fact, was the love of his life.

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Mel Brooks, Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, etc.

Turned down the role of John McClane in Die Hard (1988). It went to Bruce Willis.

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Burt Reynolds in Mel Brooks letzte Verrücktheit - Silent Movie (1976)

Graduate of Palm Beach High School, Palm Beach, FL, Class of 1954.

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Burt Reynolds and Miko Mayama in Auf der Jagd nach dem verlorenen Gold (1969)

Hit #88 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1980 with the song "Let's Do Something Cheap and Superficial", from the film Smokey and the Bandit II (1980).

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Burt Reynolds, José Pérez, and Dar Robinson in Sie nannten ihn Stick (1985)

Had long-term relationship with Dinah Shore. An early cougar, Dinah was 20 years older than Burt.

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Burt Reynolds and Silvia Pinal in Outsider (1969)

He was of mainly English heritage, with smaller amounts of German, Scots-Irish, Scottish, and Dutch ancestry. He was also said to have Italian and Cherokee Native American roots, although this has never been verified.

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Burt Reynolds in Outsider (1969)

Was named the #1 top money-making star at the box office in Quigley Publications' annual poll of movie exhibitors for five consecutive years from 1978-82, equaling the record set by Bing Crosby from 1944-48. Only Tom Cruise, who was named #1 six times between 1986 and 2001, has won more box-office crowns. Both Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks also have been #1 five times, but non-consecutively.

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Burt Reynolds in Outsider (1969)

Has been named to Quigley Publications' annual Top 10 Poll of Money-Making Stars 12 times, tying him for tenth place with Harrison Ford. John Wayne is #1 on the all-time list, with 25 appearances in the Top 10.

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Lauren Holly and Burt Reynolds in Letzte Ausfahrt Hollywood (2000)

Lost the 1997 Razzie award for Worst Supporting Actor to Marlon Brando by a mere single vote. Reynolds was nominated for his performance in Striptease (1996) and Brando for his role in The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996). The vote was cast by Razzie awards founder John Wilson, who always chooses to vote last.

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Burt Reynolds in Rent-a-Cop (1987)

Though their relationship eventually did not work out, he spoke fondly of Sally Field and he regards her as having been a positive influence on his life.

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Burt Reynolds and Michael Rooker in Rent-a-Cop (1987)

He was considered for Harrison Ford's roles in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and Blade Runner (1982).

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Burt Reynolds in Conan (2010)

Was director Milos Forman's first choice for the lead in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) but United Artists believed his appeal with average moviegoers might prevent the film from attracting the critical attention it felt was necessary for the film to be a box-office hit. Jack Nicholson was cast instead and him his first Best Actor Oscar. Eight years later Reynolds was writer-director James L. Brooks' first choice for the role of amorous astronaut Garrett Breedlove in Terms of Endearment (1983). This time Reynolds passed on the project, clearing the way for Nicholson to win his second Oscar, this one for Best Supporting Actor.

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Burt Reynolds in Conan (2010)

Sales of the Pontiac TransAm increased by 500% after Smokey and the Bandit (1977). Pontiac was so grateful to Reynolds that it promised him a new TransAm every year in perpetuity. The promise lasted five years. He drove a 1977 Trans Am Limited Edition in these movies.

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Burt Reynolds in Conan (2010)

The character design of the Comedian/Edward Blake in Alan Moore's graphic novel "Watchmen" is said to have been based on Reynolds. He was even considered for the role when the novel was in discussion to be adapted to film.

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Burt Reynolds in Conan (2010)

Attended Elizabeth Taylor's "Commitment to Life" fund-raiser for AIDS research on 19 September 1985, where Burt Lancaster read Rock Hudson's statement announcing he had been diagnosed with AIDS. At one point Reynolds was booed when he read a telegram of support from President Ronald Reagan. Reynolds summed up the frustration of the lack of AIDS awareness when he angrily said, "If this were a benefit for cancer, reporters wouldn't be asking stupid questions like, 'Why are you here?'.".

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Burt Reynolds in Conan (2010)

Early in his career he appeared as a contestant on The Dating Game (1965).

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Burt Reynolds in Conan (2010)

Met one of his heroes, Spencer Tracy, while filming Riverboat (1959). Tracy was filming Inherit the Wind (1960) on the same lot and Reynolds used to watch him walk from the set to his trailer everyday. After a while, Tracy finally turned to him and said, "Come on, kid." For the next several weeks the two would meet and talk about sports and, every once in a while, acting.

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Burt Reynolds in Conan (2010)

Like many other celebrities, he was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

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Chevy Chase and Burt Reynolds in The Last Movie Star (2017)

His numerous achievements have been recognized by his having been named America's Favorite All Around Motion Picture Actor (People's Choice Award) for a record six consecutive years; the Most Popular Star for five years running; Star of the Year (National Association of Theatre Owners); and #1 Box Office Star for five years in a row, still an unmatched record. He was honored with the 2007 Taurus World Stunt Award for "Lifetime Achievement for an Action Movie Star" and received this special citation from the Republican Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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Burt Reynolds and Ariel Winter in The Last Movie Star (2017)

Canadian electronics store Future Shop referred to his Smokey and the Bandit (1977) car and set up as "the Burt", to demonstrate its 2008 HDTV and sub-woofer.

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Burt Reynolds and Ariel Winter in The Last Movie Star (2017)

Mentioned in Bruce Springsteen's song "Cadillac Ranch".

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