Burt Reynolds

Actor + Director and Producer
Born Feb 11, 1936

Burton Leon "Burt" Reynolds, Jr. is an American actor, director and voice artist. Some of his notable roles include Bo 'Bandit' Darville in Smokey and the Bandit, Bobby "Gator" McCluskey in White Lightning and sequel Gator, Charlie B. Barkin in All Dogs Go To Heaven, Paul Crewe in The Longest Yard and Jack Horner in Boogie Nights.… Read More

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1936 Birth Reynolds was born in Lansing, Michigan, on February 11, 1936, and in his autobiography stated that is where his family lived when his father was drafted into the United States Army. … Read More


1956 20 Years Old …  He cast Reynolds in the lead role based on having heard Reynolds read Shakespeare in class, leading to Reynolds winning the 1956 Florida State Drama Award for his performance. … Read More
1960 24 Years Old Reynolds guest-starred in the Pony Express episode, "The Good Samaritan", which aired in 1960 on the centennial of the famed mail route. … Read More
1963 27 Years Old Reynolds married Judy Carne from 1963 to 1965, and Loni Anderson from 1988 to 1993, with whom he adopted a son, Quinton. … Read More


1973 37 Years Old In 1973, Reynolds released the album Ask Me What I Am and sang along with Dolly Parton in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. … Read More


1977 41 Years Old From 1977 to 1981, Reynolds topped the Quigley Publications poll of movie exhibitors, who voted him the top box-office attraction in the country. … Read More


1996 60 Years Old 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. … Read More
2000 64 Years Old In early 2000, he created and toured for Burt Reynolds' One-Man Show. … Read More
2006 70 Years Old In May 2006, Reynolds appeared in the Miller Lite beer commercial. … Read More
2009 73 Years Old Reynolds underwent back surgery in May 2009 and a quintuple heart bypass in February 2010.
2011 75 Years Old On August 16, 2011, Merrill Lynch Credit Corporation filed foreclosure papers, claiming Reynolds owed $1.2 million on his home in Hobe Sound, Florida. … Read More
2014 78 Years Old …  In his 2014 book, But Enough About Me, Reynolds said his mother had Italian ancestry.
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