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Reynolds in 2011
|Born||Burton Leon Reynolds, Jr.
February 11, 1936
Lansing, Michigan, USA
|Spouse(s)||Judy Carne (1963–65)
Loni Anderson (1988–93)
Burton Leon "Burt" Reynolds, Jr. (born February 11, 1936) is an American actor, director and voice artist. Some of his notable roles include Bo 'Bandit' Darville in Smokey and the Bandit, Lewis Medlock in Deliverance, Bobby "Gator" McCluskey in White Lightning and sequel Gator, Charlie B. Barkin in All Dogs Go to Heaven, Paul Crewe then Coach Nate Scarborough in The Longest Yard and Jack Horner in Boogie Nights.
Reynolds' parents were Burton Milo Reynolds, Sr. (1906–2002), who had Cherokee and Irish ancestry,1 and Fern H. Reynolds (née Miller). Burton Leon Reynolds, Jr.2345 was born in the city of Lansing, Michigan6 on February 11, 1936.37 He states in his autobiography that his family was living in Lansing when his father was drafted into the United States Army.6 Reynolds, his mother, and his sister joined his father at Fort Leonard Wood, where they lived for two years. When Reynolds' father was sent to Europe, the family returned to Lansing. In 1946, the Reynolds family moved to Riviera Beach, Florida. His father, Burt Sr., eventually became Chief of Police of Riviera Beach, which is adjacent to West Palm Beach to the north.
In his sophomore year at Palm Beach High School, Reynolds was named First Team All State and All Southern as a fullback, and received multiple scholarship offers.8 After graduating from Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, Reynolds attended Florida State University on a college football scholarship, and played halfback.9 While at Florida State, Reynolds became roommates with now notable college football broadcaster and analyst Lee Corso. Reynolds hoped to be named to All-American teams and to have a career in professional football; however, in the first game of the season, Reynolds was injured and a car accident later that year worsened the injury. With his college football career ended, Reynolds considered becoming a police officer, but his father suggested that he finish college and become a parole officer. In order to keep up with his studies, he began taking classes at Palm Beach Junior College (PBJC) in neighboring Lake Worth. In his first term at PBJC Reynolds was in a class taught by Watson B. Duncan III. Duncan pushed Reynolds into trying out for a play he was producing, Outward Bound. He cast Reynolds in the lead based on his impressions from listening to Reynolds read Shakespeare in class. Reynolds won the 1956 Florida State Drama Award for his performance in Outward Bound. Reynolds calls Duncan his mentor and the most influential person in his life.10 While at Florida State, Reynolds became a brother of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.11
The Florida State Drama Award included a scholarship to the Hyde Park Playhouse, a summer stock theater, in Hyde Park, New York. Reynolds saw the opportunity as an agreeable alternative to more physically demanding summer jobs, but did not yet see acting as a career. While working at Hyde Park, Reynolds met Joanne Woodward, who helped Reynolds find an agent, and was cast in Tea and Sympathy at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. He received favorable reviews for his performance and went on tour with Tea and Sympathy, driving the bus as well as appearing on stage.12
After the tour Reynolds returned to New York and enrolled in acting classes. His classmates included Frank Gifford, Carol Lawrence, Red Buttons and Jan Murray. After a botched improvisation in acting class, Reynolds briefly considered returning to Florida, but he soon got a part in a revival of Mister Roberts, with Charlton Heston as the star. After the play closed, the director, John Forsythe, arranged a movie audition with Joshua Logan for Reynolds. The movie was Sayonara, and Reynolds was told that he could not be in the movie because he looked too much like Marlon Brando. Logan advised Reynolds to go to Hollywood, but Reynolds did not feel confident enough to do so.13
Reynolds began working odd jobs while waiting for acting opportunities. He waited tables, washed dishes, drove a delivery truck and worked as a bouncer at the Roseland Ballroom. It was while working as a dockworker that Reynolds was offered $150 to jump through a glass window on a live television show.14
On June 11, 1959, Reynolds portrayed Tony Sapio with Ruta Lee as Gloria Fallon in the episode entitled "The Payoff" of NBC's 1920s crime drama, The Lawless Years. In 1960-1961, he appeared in two episodes of the syndicated series The Blue Angels, about elite fliers of the United States Navy.
On November 11, 1959, Reynolds was cast with Whitney Blake and Howard McNear in the episode "The Good Samaritan" of the syndicated western series, Pony Express, starring Grant Sullivan, which aired in 1960 on the centennial of the primitive mail exchange service.15
About this time, Reynolds guest-starred in the syndicated crime drama, The Brothers Brannagan in the episode "Bordertown". He went on to appear in a number of other shows, including three segments of the Ron Hayes syndicated adventure series, The Everglades. He is remembered too for the role of Quint Asper, the blacksmith/ de facto deputy, and half-Native American on CBS's Gunsmoke from 1962–1965. In 1962, Reynolds secured a guest appearance on Perry Mason in "The Case of the Counterfeit Crank". In 1963, he played a character named Rocky in The Twilight Zone episode 155 "The Bard," in which he amusingly lampooned his then-lookalike Marlon Brando. In 1965, he guest-starred as Technical Sergeant Chapman, a Flight Engineer in the second season episode 7, "Show Me A Hero" of ABC's 12 O-Clock High.citation needed
Reynolds' film debut came in 1961 in Angel Baby. At the urging of friend Clint Eastwood, Reynolds used his TV fame to secure leading roles in overseas low-budget films, commonly called "Spaghetti Westerns". (Eastwood advised Reynolds from experience, as he had done the same).citation needed Reynolds' first Spaghetti Western, Navajo Joe, came out in 1966. These low-budget starring roles established Reynolds as a bankable leading man in movies and earned him starring roles in American big-budget motion pictures. During this period, he starred in two short-lived cop shows: Hawk and Dan August. He disparaged these shows, telling Johnny Carson that Dan August had "two forms of expression: "mean and meaner." His breakout performance in Deliverance in 1972 made him a star. The same year, Reynolds gained notoriety when he posed naked in the April (Vol. 172, No. 4) issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine.citation needed Reynolds claims the centerfold in Cosmopolitan hurt the chances for Deliverance and the film's stars, including himself, from receiving Academy Awards.16
Reynolds was offered the role of James Bond by producer Albert R. Broccoli, after Sean Connery left the franchise. Reynolds turned the role down, saying "An American can't play James Bond. It just can't be done."17 Broccoli offered the role to another non-Brit, Australian George Lazenby. In 1973, Reynolds released the album Ask Me What I Am. He would also sing with Dolly Parton in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.citation needed
In 1977, director and producer George Lucas offered Reynolds the part of Han Solo in the first film of the Star Wars franchise.attribution needed Reynolds declined – at which point Lucas offered the part to Nick Nolte, who also declined, so Lucas asked Harrison Ford. In 1977, Burt starred in the popular movie Smokey and the Bandit alongside Jerry Reed, Jackie Gleason (as the sheriff) and Sally Field.
On March 15, 1978, Reynolds earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in the same year built a dinner theatre in Jupiter, Florida. His celebrity was such that he drew not only big-name stars to appear in productions but sell-out audiences as well. He sold the venue in the early 1990s, but a museum highlighting his career still operates nearby.18
In the 1980s, after the hugely successful Smokey and the Bandit and its sequels, he became typecast in similar, less well-done and less successful movies. One of his more acclaimed roles during this period was in Michael Crichton's Physical Evidence (1989). Later in the early 70's, Reynolds was named Mustache of the Year from the Academy Awards. He had his hand at producing two television shows with friend Bert Convy. One in 1987 was called Win, Lose or Draw. He appeared as a celebrity gameplayer in the inaugural week of the show along with Justine Bateman, Debbie Reynolds and Loretta Swit. The set of Win, Lose or Draw was modeled after Reynolds' living room.citation needed Another show Burt and Bert produced was titled 3rd Degree, and like on Win, Lose, or Draw, Burt appeared on a few episodes as a panelist. That show aired from 1989-90.
Despite much success, Reynolds' finances were bad, due in part to an extravagant lifestyle, a messy divorce from Loni Anderson (see below), and failed investments in some Florida restaurant chains; consequently, in 1996, Reynolds filed for bankruptcy.2021 The filing was under Chapter 11, from which Reynolds emerged two years later.21
In 1996, Reynolds sought a comeback in the movie Striptease with an over-the-top performance as a sex-obsessed congressman. The film was a box-office success, though generally panned by critics. According to Reynolds, his performance was inspired by politicians he met through his father, who had been a police chief. The following year he appeared in the critically acclaimed Boogie Nights, and his career was back on track. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance and took home a Golden Globe Award.
In 1997 Reynolds co-authored the children's book Barkley Unleashed A Pirate a "whimsical tale [that] illustrates the importance of perseverance, the wonders of friendship, and the power of imagination".22
In early 2000, he created and toured Burt Reynolds' One-Man Show. In 2002, he lent his voice to the character Avery Carrington in the controversial video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City ("Vice City Tourist Guide" p. 23).full citation needed
In 2005, he co-starred in a remake of The Longest Yard, with Adam Sandler who played the role of Paul Crewe, which had been Reynolds' role in the 1974 original. This time around, Reynolds took on the role of Nate Scarborough. His role in the remake saw him receive a Razzie Award nomination for "Worst Supporting Actor". He also appeared in a movie version of the popular 1980s TV series The Dukes of Hazzard, as Boss Hogg.23
He starred in the audio book version of The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook. In May 2006, Reynolds began appearing in Miller Lite beer commercials. In 2007 at the World Stuntman Awards he was awarded the Taurus Lifetime Achievement Award. While presenting him with the award Arnold Schwarzenegger referred to him as the greatest of the great.citation needed
In July 2010, he guest-starred as an ex-CIA agent being hunted down by a team of Russian assassins who wanted to kidnap, interrogate, then kill him, on USA's Burn Notice. Part of this role depicted absent-mindedness which was noted in the closing scene as "not only being when he drank" implying his character suffered from some form of memory disability or disease.citation needed
In January 2012 Reynolds had a guest-starring role as himself in an episode of the animated FX TV show Archer. The episode titled "The Man from Jupiter" features Reynolds helping Archer (who idolizes him) take on a team of Cuban hitmen.
He also appears as himself in Saints Row: The Third as the mayor of Steelport.
At various points in his life, Reynolds was romantically involved with Inger Stevens, Tammy Wynette, Lucie Arnaz, Adrienne Barbeau, Susan Clark, Sally Field, Lorna Luft, Tawny Little, Pam Seals, Dinah Shore24 and Chris Evert.25 His relationship with Shore garnered particular attention given the fact she was 20 years his senior. Reynolds was married to actress/comedienne Judy Carne from 1963 to 1965, and actress Loni Anderson from 1988 to 1993, with whom he adopted a son, Quinton Anderson Reynolds (born August 31, 1988).26 E! Online reported that he dated Kate Edelman Johnson from 2003 to 2005.27
In 1982, Reynolds became a co-owner of the Tampa Bay Bandits, a professional American football team in the USFL whose nickname was inspired by his Smokey and the Bandit movies. Reynolds also co-owned a NASCAR Winston Cup team with Hal Needham, which ran the #33 Skoal Bandit car, with driver Harry Gant.
|1959-1961||Riverboat||Ben Frazer||NBC television series regular|
|1960||Johnny Ringo||Tad Stuart in the episode "The Stranger"||CBS television guest appearance|
|1961||Angel Baby||Hoke Adams||Film debut|
|1962-1965||Gunsmoke||Quint Asper, the blacksmith||CBS series regular|
|1963||The Twilight Zone||Rocky Rhodes||Episode "The Bard"|
|1965||Operation C.I.A.||Mark Andrews|
|1967||Hooper as Hooper||Muto|
|1968||Fade-In aka The Iron Cowboy30||Rob|
|1969||100 Rifles||Yaqui Joe Herrera|
|1969||Sam Whiskey||Sam Whiskey|
|1970||Run, Simon, Run|
|1970||Dan August||Dan August|
|1972||Fuzz||Det. Steve Carella|
|1972||Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)||Sperm Switchboard Chief||cameo role|
|1973||White Lightning||Gator McKlusky|
|1973||The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing||Jay G|
|1974||Longest Yard, TheThe Longest Yard||Paul Crewe||Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy|
|1975||At Long Last Love||Michael Oliver Pritchard III|
|1975||W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings||W.W. Bright|
|1975||Lucky Lady||Walker Ellis||song performer|
|1975||Hustle||Lieutenant Phil Gaines||also executive producer|
|1976||Silent Movie||Himself||cameo role|
|1976||Gator||Gator McKlusky||also director|
|1977||Smokey and the Bandit||Bo 'Bandit' Darville|
|1977||Semi-Tough||Billy Clyde Puckett|
|1978||End, TheThe End||Wendell Sonny Lawson||also director|
|1978||Hooper||Sonny Hooper||also producer|
|1979||Starting Over||Phil Potter||Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy|
|1980||Rough Cut||Jack Rhodes|
|1980||Smokey and the Bandit II||Bo 'Bandit' Darville|
|1981||Cannonball Run, TheThe Cannonball Run||J.J. McClure|
|1981||Sharky's Machine||Sgt. Tom Sharky||also director|
|1982||Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, TheThe Best Little Whorehouse in Texas||Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd||song performer|
|1982||Best Friends||Richard Babson|
|1983||Stroker Ace||Stroker Ace|
|1983||Man Who Loved Women, TheThe Man Who Loved Women||David Fowler|
|1984||Cannonball Run II||J.J. McClure|
|1984||City Heat||Mike Murphy|
|1985||Southern Voices, American Dreams||Himself||documentary|
|1985||Stick||Ernest "Stick" Stickley||also director|
|1986||Uphill All the Way||Himself||cameo role|
|1986||The Golden Girls||Himself||Cameo|
|1988||Switching Channels||John L. Sullivan IV|
|1989||Physical Evidence||Joe Paris|
|1989||Breaking In||Ernie Mullins|
|1989||All Dogs Go to Heaven||Charlie B. Barkin||voice and song performer|
|1990||Modern Love||Colonel Frank Parker|
|1992||Player, TheThe Player||Himself||cameo role|
|1993||Cop and a Half||Nick McKenna||Razzie Award for Worst Actor|
|1994||Century of Cinema, AA Century of Cinema||Himself||documentary|
|1995||Maddening, TheThe Maddening||Roy Scudder|
|1996||Frankenstein and Me||Les Williams|
|1996||Citizen Ruth||Blaine Gibbons|
|1996||Striptease||Congressman David Dilbeck|
|1996||Mad Dog Time||"Wacky" Jacky Jackson|
|1996||The Cherokee Kid||Otter Bob the mountain man|
|1997||Meet Wally Sparks||Lenny Spencer|
|1997||Boogie Nights||Jack Horner||Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
|1997||Raven||Jerome "Raven" Katz|
|1998||Hard Time||Det. Logan McQueen|
|1998||Universal Soldier II: Brothers in Arms||Mentor|
|1998||Universal Soldier III: Unfinished Business||Mentor|
|1999||Hunter's Moon, TheThe Hunter's Moon||Clayton Samuels|
|1999||Big City Blues||Connor||co-producer|
|1999||Mystery, Alaska||Judge Walter Burns|
|2000||Crew, TheThe Crew||Joey "Bats" Pistella|
|2000||Last Producer, TheThe Last Producer||Sonny Wexler||also director|
|2001||Hollywood Sign, TheThe Hollywood Sign||Kage Mulligan|
|2001||Auf Herz und Nieren||Banko||German film|
|2002||The X-Files||Mr. Burt||Special Guest Star, "Improbable"|
|2002||Time of the Wolf||Archie McGregor|
|2002||Grand Theft Auto: Vice City||Avery Carrington||Video game voice|
|2003||Hard Ground||John "Chill" McKay||Hallmark Channel film TV|
|2003||Librarians, TheThe Librarians||Irish|
|2003||4th and Life||Narrator||documentary|
|2003||Gumball 3000: The Movie||Himself||voice|
|2004||Without a Paddle||Del Knox|
|2005||Longest Yard, TheThe Longest Yard||Coach Nate Scarborough|
|2005||Dukes of Hazzard, TheThe Dukes of Hazzard||Jefferson Davis 'Boss' Hogg|
|2005||Legend of Frosty the Snowman||Narrator||voice|
|2005||The King of Queens||Coach Walcott|
|2006||My Name Is Earl||Richard Chubby||Cameo role, uncredited|
|2006||Cloud 9||Billy Cole|
|2006||End Game||General Montgomery|
|2006||Forget About It||Sam LeFleur|
|2006||Broken Bridges||Jake Delton|
|2007||Randy and the Mob||Elmore Culpepper|
|2007||In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale||King Konreid|
|2009||Bunch of Amateurs, AA Bunch of Amateurs||Jefferson Steel|
|2010||Not Another Not Another Movie||C.J. Waters|
|2010||Burn Notice||Paul Anderson|
|2011||Reel Love||Wade Whitman||TV film|
|2011||Saints Row: The Third||Himself||Video game - Plays The Mayor|
|2013||Fast N' Loud||Himself||cameo|
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- 1991 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (for Evening Shade)
- Golden Globes, USA
- 1992 Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical (for Evening Shade)
- 1997 Best Supporting Actor in a Film (for Boogie Nights)
- 1979 Favorite Motion Picture Actor
- 1979 Favorite All-Around Male Entertainer
- 1980 Favorite Motion Picture Actor
- 1982 Favorite Motion Picture Actor
- 1982 Favorite All-Around Male Entertainer
- 1983 Favorite Motion Picture Actor
- 1983 Favorite All-Around Male Entertainer
- 1984 Favorite Motion Picture Actor (tied with Clint Eastwood)
- 1991 Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Series
- 1980 Favorite Film Star - Male
- 1991 Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series (for Evening Shade)
- Durex Man of the Year 1985
- 2002 Lifetime Achievement Award
- ShoWest Convention, USA
- 1998 Supporting Actor of the Year
- 1990 Golden Boot
- 1978 Male Star of the Year Award
- 1980 Male Star of the Year Award
- 1978 Star (for motion pictures) on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6838 Hollywood Blvd.31
- 1987 Eastman Kodak Second Century Award
- 1991 American Cancer Society's Lifetime Achievement Award
- 2000 Children at Heart Award32
- 2003 Atlanta IMAGE Film and Video Award33
- 2007 Taurus Lifetime Achievement Award
- 2007 Best Buddies Canada Lifetime Achievement Award34
|US Country||US||CAN Country|
|1980||"Let's Do Something Cheap and Superficial"||51||88||33||Smokey and the Bandit II Soundtrack||Richard Levinson|
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- Anderson, Loni. (1997) My Life in High Heels. Avon Books. ISBN 978-0-380-72854-1
- "Burt Reynolds". Inside the Actors Studio. Bravo.; can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YY3cuILM698
- Burton Reynolds, Father Of Actor - Sun Sentinel
- Q. What is Burt Reynolds' middle name? His first movie?A... - Orlando Sentinel
- "Birthname". Hollywood.com. Archived from the original on 2012-05-26.
- Several sources list Waycross, Georgia, as Reynolds' birthplace ("Overview for Burt Reynolds". Turner Classic Movies., "Birthplace". Chicago Sun-Times (article from 2007). February 2, 2007.dead link and "Birthplace". Biography Channel.), for example, while other sources show that he was born in Lansing, Michigan The Palm Beach Post, June 28, 2000dead link), and his own website, "Burt Reynolds Official Site Personal FAQ". BurtReynolds.com. Archived from the original on 14 March 2009. Retrieved 2 January 2012.. Reynolds' autobiography (My Life) does not name his birthplace, although it does cover his childhood in Lansing, and fails to mention Waycross at all. For more discussion on Burt Reynolds' birthplace, see ('discussion page)
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- Reynolds. Pp. 57-9
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- Burt Reynolds Emmy Winner
- Laura J. Margulies (2008), "Famous Bankruptcies".
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- ("Best Buddy Lifetime Achievement Award". tv.yahoo.com).dead link Burt Reynolds received a lifetime achievement award from Best Buddies Canada. The Oscar-nominated actor received the honour at a benefit gala with musical guest Chantal Kreviazuk in Toronto on September 10, 2007. Best Buddies Canada is a national charitable organization dedicated to fostering friendships between students and individuals with intellectual disabilities. Reynolds is receiving its annual award for his decades-long "commitment to aiding and inspiring youth by supporting drama education and humanitarian causes", said the group. Such causes include the Burt Reynolds Institute for Theatre in Tequest, Florida, founded by the legendary actor in 1979. Donations by the star have also helped establish the Burt Reynolds Eminent Scholar Chair in Regional and Professional Theatre at the Florida State University, and the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Florida Reynolds has already been honoured for his efforts in aiding the children of Chernobyl.
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- "Show Business: Frog Prince" 'Time' August 21, 1972
- "Burt Reynolds" at Florida State University