Reynolds in 1991
|Born||Burton Leon Reynolds
February 11, 1936
Lansing, Michigan, United States
|Spouse(s)||Judy Carne (m. 1963; div. 1965)
Loni Anderson (m. 1988; div. 1993)
Burton Leon "Burt" Reynolds (born February 11, 1936) is an American actor, director and producer. He starred in many television series and feature films, such as Dan August, Deliverance, The Longest Yard as well as its 2005 remake, Smokey and the Bandit and The Cannonball Run. He also won two Golden Globe Awards, one for Best Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy for Evening Shade and one for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture for Boogie Nights.
Burt Reynolds is the son of Fern H. (née Miller; 1902–92) and Burton Milo Reynolds (1906–2002). He has English, Scottish, Scots-Irish, and Dutch ancestry, and is also said to have Cherokee roots. Reynolds was born in Lansing, Michigan, on February 11, 1936, and in his autobiography stated that his family was living in Lansing when his father was drafted into the United States Army. Reynolds, his mother, and sister joined his father at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and lived there for two years. When Reynolds' father was sent to Europe, the family moved to Lake City, Michigan, where his mother had been raised. In 1946, the family moved to Riviera Beach, Florida. His father became Chief of Police of Riviera Beach, which is adjacent to the north of West Palm Beach, Florida.
During 10th grade at Palm Beach High School, Reynolds was named First Team All State and All Southern as a fullback, and received multiple scholarship offers. After graduating from Palm Beach High in West Palm Beach, Reynolds attended Florida State University on a football scholarship, and played halfback. 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, but he was injured in the first game of the season, and a car accident later that year worsened the injury. With his university football career over, Reynolds considered becoming a police officer, but his father suggested that he finish university and become a parole officer. 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 an English 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 role based on having heard 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. While at Florida State, Reynolds became a brother of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
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 possible career. While working there, Reynolds met Joanne Woodward, who helped him find an agent and was cast in Tea and Sympathy at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. After his Broadway debut Look, We've Come Through, he received favorable reviews for his performance and went on tour with the cast, driving the bus and appeared on stage. 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, in which Charlton Heston played the starring role. After the play closed, the director, John Forsythe, arranged a film audition with Joshua Logan for Reynolds. The film was Sayonara; Reynolds was told that he could not be in the film 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. Reynolds worked on odd jobs, such as waiting tables, washing dishes, driving a delivery truck, and as a bouncer at the Roseland Ballroom. While working as a dockworker, Reynolds was offered $150 to jump through a glass window on a live television show.
Television and film
Reynolds played[when?] Ben Frazer in the NBC series, Riverboat and Tony Sapio in The Lawless Years episode, "The Payoff". Five months later, he starred 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 famed mail route. Reynolds guest-starred in two episodes of the syndicated series The Blue Angels, he played Branch Taylor in the Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre episode, "Man From Everywhere", and Abelard in the The Brothers Brannagan episode, "Bordertown". He appeared in a number of other shows, including three segments of the Ron Hayes syndicated adventure series The Everglades.
He played Quint Asper, the half-Native American blacksmith and de facto deputy in CBS's Gunsmoke for three seasons, and the series generated his widely circulated promotional photos in front of a barn on the Upper Iverson, including one that appears on the page. In 1962, Reynolds played Chuck Blair in the Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Counterfeit Crank". Reynolds used his TV fame to secure leading roles in overseas low-budget films, including his first leading role in a spy film Operation C.I.A. (1965), which was shot in Thailand. In the The Twilight Zone episode "The Bard", he played Rocky Rhodes who amusingly lampooned his then-lookalike Marlon Brando. In 1965, he played Technical Sergeant Chapman, a flight engineer in two episodes of ABC's 12 O'Clock High.
Later, Reynolds played the titular role in Navajo Joe. The low-budget starring roles established Reynolds as a bankable leading man in films and earned him starring roles in American big-budget ones. Later, 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". Reynolds appeared on ABC's The American Sportsman hosted by outdoors journalist Grits Gresham, who took celebrities on hunting, fishing and shooting trips around the world. Reynolds considered producer Saul David to play the lead role in Our Man Flint, but was rejected by the influential Lew Wasserman. Albert R. Broccoli asked Reynolds to play James Bond, when Sean Connery left the franchise, but turned the role down, saying "An American can't play James Bond. It just can't be done." Broccoli offered the role to another non-Briton, Australian George Lazenby. He filmed Shark! in 1967 with Sam Fuller, who disowned the cut of the film. Reynolds later starred in Saul David's Skullduggery (1970).
Reynolds's breakout performance in Deliverance (1972) made him a star and he gained notoriety, when he posed naked in the April (Vol. 172, No. 4) issue of Cosmopolitan. Reynolds claims the centerfold in Cosmopolitan hurt the chances for the film and the cast from receiving Academy Awards. In 1977, Reynolds and Nick Nolte refused to play Han Solo in the first film of the Star Wars franchise, so George Lucas offered the role to Harrison Ford. Later that year, he worked as a guest color analyst on CBS Sports' telecast of the Sun Bowl, teaming with Pat Summerall and Tom Brookshier.
Reynolds starred in the popular film Smokey and the Bandit, with Jerry Reed, Jackie Gleason and Sally Field, and later claimed the turning point of his career was making Stroker Ace (1983). Reynolds voiced Troy Garland in the television sitcom Out of This World and played the titular character in a short-lived detective drama, B.L. Stryker, one of the rotating elements of the ABC Mystery Movie. Reynolds tried his hand at producing two television shows with friend Bert Convy, including 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 the series was modeled after Reynolds' living room.
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 from 1989 to 1990. He also played Wood Newton in the CBS sitcom, Evening Shade, and won a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award. Later, he played a sex-obsessed congressman David Dilbeck in Striptease (1996), which 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. He played Jack Horner in Boogie Nights (1997) and won another Golden Globe Award. He played Boss Hogg in a film remake of the television series The Dukes of Hazzard (2005) and Nate Scarborough in a remake of The Longest Yard (2005), with Adam Sandler, who played the role of Paul "Wrecking" Crewe like Reynolds. In USA's Burn Notice, he played ex-CIA agent Paul Anderson who is being hunted down by a team of Russian assassins who wanted to kidnap, interrogate, and kill him. In the animated series Archer episode "The Man from Jupiter", Reynolds guest-starred as himself taking on a team of Cuban hitmen and helping Sterling Archer, who idolizes him. He played Ron Glass in Pocket Listing (2015).
In 1973, Reynolds released the album Ask Me What I Am and sang along with Dolly Parton in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. 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 also to sell-out audiences. He sold the venue in the early 1990s, but a museum highlighting his career still operates nearby. From 1977 to 1981, Reynolds topped the Quigley Publications poll of movie exhibitors, who voted him the top box-office attraction in the country. Only Bing Crosby won the poll more consecutive years. Despite much success, Reynolds' finances expired, and he filed for bankruptcy, due in part to an extravagant lifestyle, a divorce from Loni Anderson and failed investments in some Florida restaurant chains in 1996. The filing was under Chapter 11, from which Reynolds emerged two years later. 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". In early 2000, he created and toured for Burt Reynolds' One-Man Show. On video games, he voiced Avery Carrington in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and himself in Saints Row: The Third as the mayor of Steelport. He starred in the audiobook version of The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook. In May 2006, Reynolds appeared in Miller Lite beer commercials.
Reynolds was good friends with Dom DeLuise, Inger Stevens, Tammy Wynette, Lucie Arnaz, Adrienne Barbeau, Susan Clark, Lorna Luft, Tawny Little, Dinah Shore (which garnered particular attention because she was 20 years his senior), and Chris Evert.
Sports team owner
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 the Smokey and the Bandit trilogy and Skoal Bandit, a primary sponsor for the team as a result of also sponsoring Reynolds' race team. Reynolds also co-owned a NASCAR Winston Cup team, Mach 1 Racing, with Hal Needham, which ran the #33 Skoal Bandit car with driver Harry Gant. He also openly supports the Pittsburgh Steelers.
While filming City Heat, Reynolds was struck in the face with a metal chair, which broke his jaw and left him with temporomandibular joint dysfunction. He lost 30 pounds as a result of having to restrict his eating, and the painkillers prescribed led to an addiction which took several years for him to break.
Reynolds owned the Burt Reynolds Ranch, where scenes for Smokey and the Bandit were filmed and which once had a petting zoo, until its sale during bankruptcy. In April 2014, the 153-acre rural property was rezoned for residential use so the Palm Beach County school system could sell it to residential developer K. Hovnanian Homes.
|1961||Angel Baby||Hoke Adams|
|1965||Operation C.I.A.||Mark Andrews|
|1969||100 Rifles||Yaqui Joe Herrera|
|1969||Sam Whiskey||Sam Whiskey|
|1972||Fuzz||Detective Steve Carella|
|1972||Everything You Always Wanted to Know
About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)
|Sperm Switchboard Chief||Cameo|
|1973||The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing||Jay Grobart|
|1973||White Lightning||Robert "Gator" McKlusky|
|1974||The Longest Yard||Paul "Wrecking" Crewe|
|1975||At Long Last Love||Michael Oliver Pritchard III|
|1975||W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings||W.W. Bright|
|1975||Lucky Lady||Walker Ellis|
|1975||Hustle||Lieutenant Phil Gaines||Also executive producer|
|1976||Gator||Robert "Gator" McKlusky||Also director|
|1977||Smokey and the Bandit||Bo "Bandit" Darville|
|1977||Semi-Tough||Billy Clyde Puckett|
|1978||The End||Wendell Sonny Lawson||Also director|
|1978||Hooper||Sonny Hooper||Also producer|
|1979||Starting Over||Phil Potter|
|1980||Rough Cut||Jack Rhodes|
|1980||Smokey and the Bandit II||Bo "Bandit" Darville|
|1981||The Cannonball Run||J.J. McClure|
|1981||Sharky's Machine||Sgt. Thomas Sharky||Also director|
|1982||The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas||Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd|
|1982||Best Friends||Richard Babson|
|1982||Six Pack||Man walking in front of Brewster & Lila||Uncredited|
|1983||Stroker Ace||Stroker Ace|
|1983||The Man Who Loved Women||David Fowler|
|1983||Smokey and the Bandit Part 3||The Real Bandit|
|1984||Cannonball Run II||J.J. McClure|
|1984||City Heat||Mike Murphy|
|1985||Stick||Ernest "Stick" Stickley||Also director|
|1986||Uphill All the Way||Gambler||Uncredited|
|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)|
|1993||Cop and a Half||Nick McKenna|
|1995||The Maddening||Roy Scudder|
|1996||Citizen Ruth||Blaine Gibbons|
|1996||Striptease||Congressman David Dilbeck|
|1996||Mad Dog Time||"Wacky" Jacky Jackson|
|1997||Meet Wally Sparks||Lenny Spencer|
|1997||Boogie Nights||Jack Horner|
|1999||Big City Blues||Connor||Also co-producer|
|1999||Mystery, Alaska||Judge Walter Burns|
|1999||The Hunter's Moon||Clayton Samuels||Direct-to-video|
|2000||The Crew||Joey "Bats" Pistella|
|2000||The Last Producer||Sonny Wexler||Also director|
|2001||The Hollywood Sign||Kage Mulligan|
|2002||Time of the Wolf||Archie McGregor|
|2003||The Librarians||Irish||Uncredited|
|2004||Without a Paddle||Del Knox|
|2005||The Longest Yard||Coach Nate Scarborough|
|2005||The Dukes of Hazzard||Jefferson Davis 'Boss' Hogg|
|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||Cameo; uncredited|
|2007||In the Name of the King||King Konreid|
|2008||Delgo||Delgo's Father (voice)|
|2008||A Bunch of Amateurs||Jefferson Steele|
|2015||Pocket Listing||Ron Glass|
|1959||M Squad||Peter Marashi||Episode: "The Teacher"|
|1959||The Lawless Years||Tony Sappio||Episode: "The Payoff"|
|1959||Pony Express||Adam||Episode: "The Good Samaritan"|
|1959–60||Riverboat||Ben Frazer||20 episodes|
|1959/60||Playhouse 90||Ace / The Actor||2 episodes|
|1960||Johnny Ringo||Tad Stuart||Episode: "The Stranger"|
|1960||Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Bill Davis||Episode: "Escape to Sonoita"|
|1960||Lock-Up||Latchard Duncan||Episode: "The Case of Alexis George"|
|1960/61||The Blue Angels||Chuck / Corman||2 episodes|
|1960/61||The Aquanauts||Leo / Jimmy||2 episodes|
|1961||Ripcord||The Assassin||Episode: "Crime Jump"|
|1961||Michael Shayne||Jerry Turner||Episode: "The Boat Caper"|
|1961||Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre||Branch Taylor||Episode: "Man from Everywhere"|
|1961||The Brothers Brannagan||Abelard||Episode: "Bordertown"|
|1961||Naked City||Young Man||Episode: "Requiem for a Sunday Afternoon"|
|1961/62||The Everglades||Trask / Lew Johnson||2 episodes|
|1962||Route 66||Tommy||Episode: "Love Is a Skinny Kid"|
|1962||Perry Mason||Chuck Blair||Episode: "The Case of the Counterfeit Crank"|
|1962–65||Gunsmoke||Quint Asper||50 episodes|
|1963||The Twilight Zone||Rocky Rhodes||Episode: "The Bard"|
|1965||Branded||Red Hand||Episode: "Now Join the Human Race"|
|1965||Flipper||Al Bardeman||2 episodes|
|1965/68||The F.B.I.||John Duquesne / Michael Murtaugh||2 episodes|
|1966||Hawk||Detective Lt. John Hawk||17 episodes|
|1967||Gentle Ben||Pilot||Episode: "Voice from the Wilderness"|
|1968||Premiere||Pete Lassiter||Episode: "Lassiter"|
|1970||Love, American Style||Stanley Dunbar||Episode: "Love and the Banned Book"|
|1970–71||Dan August||Dan August||26 episodes|
|1986||The Golden Girls||Himself||Epiosde: "Ladies of the Evening"|
|1987–91||Out of This World||Troy Garland (voice)||95 episodes|
|1989–90||B.L. Stryker||B.L. Stryker||12 episodes|
|1990–94||Evening Shade||Wood Newton||98 episodes|
|1993||Beverly Hills, 90210||Himself||Episode: "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window"|
|1993||The Larry Sanders Show||Himself||Episode: "The Grand Opening"|
|1993||The Man from Left Field||Jack Robinson||Movie|
|1995||Amazing Grace||Josiah Carey||Episode: "Hallelujah"|
|1995||Hope and Gloria||Himself||Episode: "Sisyphus, Prometheus and Me"|
|1995||Cybill||Himself||Episode: "The Cheese Stands Alone"|
|1996||The Cherokee Kid||Otter Bob the Mountain Man||Movie|
|1997||Duckman||Judge Keaton (voice)||Episode: "Das Sub"|
|1997||King of the Hill||M.F. Thatherton (voice)||Episode: "The Company Man"|
|1998||Universal Soldier II: Brothers in Arms||CIA Deputy Director||Movie|
|1998||Hard Time||Detective Logan McQueen||Movie|
|1999||Universal Soldier III: Unfinished Business||CIA Deputy Director Mentor / GR88||Movie|
|2002||The X-Files||Mr. Burt||Episode: "Improbable"|
|2003/04||Ed||Russ Burton||2 episodes|
|2005||The King of Queens||Coach Walcott||Episode: "Hi, School"|
|2005||Robot Chicken||J.J. McClure / Himself (voices)||Episode: "Gold Dust Gasoline"|
|2005||Duck Dodgers||Royal Serpenti (voice)||Episode: "Master & Disaster/All in the Crime Family"|
|2006||Freddie||Carl Crane Pool||Episode: "Mother of All Grandfathers"|
|My Name Is Earl||Chubby||3 episodes; uncredited|
|2010||Burn Notice||Paul Anderson||Episode: "Past & Future Tense"|
|2011||American Dad!||Senator Buckingham (voice)||Episode: "School Lies"|
|2011||Reel Love||Wade Whitman||Movie|
|2012||Archer||Himself (voice)||Episode: "The Man from Jupiter"|
|2002||Grand Theft Auto: Vice City||Avery Carrington|
|2011||Saints Row: The Third||Himself (The Mayor)|
|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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- 1978: Star (for motion pictures) on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6838 Hollywood Blvd.
- 2000: Children at Heart Award
- 2003: Atlanta IMAGE Film and Video Award
- 2007: Best Buddies Canada Lifetime Achievement Award
- Reynolds, Burt. (1994) My Life. New York: Hyperion. ISBN 0-7868-6130-4
- Anderson, Loni. (1997) My Life in High Heels. Avon Books. ISBN 978-0-380-72854-1
- Reynolds, Burt. (2015) But Enough About Me: A Memoir. G.P. Putnam's Sons. ISBN 0-3991-7354-4
- Loose Ends. 5 December 2015. BBC Radio 4.; can be heard at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06qv6t1
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- David Votta, "Lost Lansing: Burt Reynolds Native Son (and now Wikipedia agrees)", Lansing Online, February 6, 2011.
- Reynolds, pp. 17, 33-37, 41-44.
- He was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Photo gallery of Reynolds at FSU: http://heritage.fsu.edu/photos/burtatfsu.html
- Reynolds, pp. 57-59.
- "Phi Delta Theta International Site - Famous Phis". Phideltatheta.org. Retrieved November 8, 2011.
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- Reynolds, pp. 65-67.
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- "Barkley Unleashed: A Pirate's Tail", Amazon.
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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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- Burt Reynolds at the Internet Movie Database
- Works by or about Burt Reynolds in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Burt Reynolds & Friends Museum
- "Show Business: Frog Prince" 'Time' August 21, 1972
- "Burt Reynolds" at Florida State University
- Pictures and commentary on Burt Reynolds filming the episode of Zane Grey Theatre titled Man From Everywhere on the Iverson Movie Ranch
- Iverson Movie Ranch: History, vintage photos.
- Burt Reynolds' promotional photo shoot for Gunsmoke in 1962
- Zeman, Ned. "Burt Reynolds Isn’t Broke, but He’s Got a Few Regrets," Vanity Fair, December 2015 - interview and photographs