Burt Reynolds
Actor, Director and Producer
Burt Reynolds
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.
Biography
Burt Reynolds's personal information overview.
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Brock Yates, Writer and Rebel Who Created the Cannonball Run, Dies at 82
NYTimes - 5 months
Mr. Yates wrote more than a dozen books about cars and motor sports, and during the 1970s, began a cross-country race that inspired a movie starring Burt Reynolds.
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Lemurs come up a half-game short of making playoffs - Laredo Morning Times
Google News - 6 months
Laredo Morning Times Lemurs come up a half-game short of making playoffs Laredo Morning Times Lemurs outfielder Denis Phipps hit his fifth home run in six games Monday to tie teammate Burt Reynolds for the home run crown in 2016. Laredo finished a half-game short of qualifying for the postseason despite a doubleheader sweep Monday, becoming ...
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Mustache Hall of Fame Opens Nominations for Second Class
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The International Mustache Hall of Fame, an endeavor of the American Mustache Institute (AMI) to canonize the superior attractiveness of people of facial hair, today opened its public nomination process seeking submissions of worthy candidates for the Hall's second class.  The chosen few of the Hall's esteemed second class -- which will be announced on March 11 in a ceremony at Pittsburgh City Hall -- will join mustache luminaries and members of the Hall's esteemed inaugural class including Tom Selleck, Dr. Martin Luther King, Salvador Dali, President Theodore Roosevelt, Rollie Fingers and others who have already been enshrined. Presented by Wahl Trimmers the Official Sponsor of Facial Hair in collaboration with AMI, the Hall celebrates the long-standing rugged attractiveness of the global people of mustache and works to combat the discrimination of those who adopt and embrace the lifestyle of facial hair. "Once again, we will welcome our newest inductees of deserving Must ...
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SXSW slate includes Reynolds documentary, McBride comedy
Yahoo News - about 1 year
NEW YORK (AP) — The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival unveiled the slate for its 23rd edition, including premieres of a documentary on Burt Reynolds and an upcoming HBO series from Danny McBride.
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The Athletic Boyhood of Actor Burt Reynolds
Wall Street Journal - about 1 year
The star known for his physical roles recalls his early dreams of adventure, and why he loves the living room of his Jupiter, Fla., home.
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Talking With Tarantino: The Sight and Sound Excerpt
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The new Sight & Sound features my ten-page interview with its February cover star, Quentin Tarantino, and they have graciously allowed me to excerpt a portion of the extensive Q&A here. This is a nice chunk of it, but there's so much more in the magazine, from getting to know his characters, to the Roadshow appeal of The Hateful Eight and themes in the movie, to movie violence, to Leonardo DiCaprio's character in Django, to shooting on Ultra Panavision, to his own theater in Los Angeles, The New Beverly (shout out to Clu Gulager in the issue), to his love of old film prints, to interesting thoughts and facts about his past movies, and much, much more. Dig in and read it all via the magazine. For now, check out these choice moments from the interview. "There was a whole lot of speculation from some people about this whole 70mm thing, as in, that's really great, but it's just this set-bound parlor piece, so isn't it just a big old fucking waste of time and money? And, I thi ...
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CBS Has Screwed up Colbert's Show -- Big-Time
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The biggest question about Stephen Colbert's failing late-night show is probably this: Can he get out of his CBS contract? This long-time Colbert fan certainly hopes so. Given Colbert's audience, one of the more educated and discerning in media today, it's no surprise many are bailing after seeing how CBS has screwed things up with this singular talent. No surprise the show has fallen to fourth place in late night. I don't know why, given the dismal track record of broadcast TV networks, but we had hopes Colbert would overcome these limitations, given his considerable talent. Burt Reynolds and another stale turkey, the Butterball hot line, on the same show? Really? And Sylvester Stallone? Jesus. How many Hollywood guests plugging movies have been forced onto Colbert's show the past few weeks? Too many to count. My disaffection with this CBS confection has nothing to do with the talented comedian dropping the right-wing alter ego he inhabited for nine years on Comedy Central. ...
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Hollywood's Burt Reynolds says his best performance yet to come
Reuters.com - about 1 year
LONDON (Reuters) - In a career spanning over 50 years, Burt Reynolds has played a macho man tackling rapids in a canoe, a driver evading police in a car chase across America's south and a pornography filmmaker.
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Burt Reynolds reveals Sally Field is 'the one that got away'
Fox News - over 1 year
Burt Reynolds talks about his past love Sally Field.
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20 Distinct Regional American Accents, Ranked
Huffington Post - over 1 year
By: Megan Frye Credit: Jennifer Bui/Thrillist From sea to shining sea, the United States is one of the most culturally diverse countries on the planet. This means there are plenty of opportunities to mess around with the language, and what defines an "American accent" changes depending on where you are. Thrillist has taken on the task of ranking a sampling of American accents from the most vomit-inducing to the most pleasant, with a little bit of dry heave in between. See where you fit in. More: The 10 Most Beautiful Neighborhoods in America, Ranked 20. New Jerseyan Oh my gawd! Jersey gets a bad rap. But it's not so much the state that is offensive as much as the accent. It's akin to the sound of chain-smoking rats mating in an oil slick under the George Washington Bridge. Except somehow, the hair is worse. Prime example: Pauly D 19. Floridian Florida is well known for its tourist attractions and for producing the weirdest headlines in the country, from bath salts ...
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Burt Reynolds Says Marrying Actress Loni Anderson Was A 'Dumb Move'
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Hollywood legend Burt Reynolds is getting candid about his love life.  The 79-year-old movie star recently opened up about former girlfriend Sally Fields, telling Vanity Fair that she was the "love of my life." "I miss her terribly," Reynolds told the magazine. "Even now, it’s hard on me. I don’t know why I was so stupid. Men are like that, you know. You find the perfect person, and then you do everything you can to screw it up."  But there's one person Reynolds isn't missing at all -- his ex-wife Loni Anderson. Anderson and the actor went through a famously messy divorce in the early '90s, accusing each other of infidelity and physical brutality, according to TMZ. The actor recently sat down with People magazine to talk about his tumultuous relationship with Anderson.  "I should have known that you don't marry an actress," said Reynolds to People. "That was a really dumb move on my part."  Reynolds, who was recently ordered by a judge to pay the actress around $1 ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Burt Reynolds
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 78
    In his 2014 book, But Enough About Me, Reynolds said his mother had Italian ancestry.
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  • 2011
    Age 75
    On August 16, 2011, Merrill Lynch Credit Corporation filed foreclosure papers, claiming Reynolds owed $1.2 million on his home in Hobe Sound, Florida.
    More Details Hide Details 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 and the Palm Beach County school system could sell it to residential developer K. Hovnanian Homes.
  • 2009
    Age 73
    Reynolds underwent back surgery in May 2009 and a quintuple heart bypass in February 2010.
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  • 2006
    Age 70
    In May 2006, Reynolds appeared in the Miller Lite beer commercial.
    More Details Hide Details Reynolds was a good friend of Johnny Carson, Dom DeLuise, Jerry Reed, Charles Nelson Reilly, Tammy Wynette, Lucie Arnaz, Adrienne Barbeau, Tawny Little, Dinah Shore and Chris Evert.
  • 2000
    Age 64
    In early 2000, he created and toured for Burt Reynolds' One-Man Show.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1996
    Age 60
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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".
  • FORTIES
  • 1977
    Age 41
    From 1977 to 1981, Reynolds topped the Quigley Publications poll of movie exhibitors, who voted him the top box-office attraction in the country.
    More Details Hide Details Only Bing Crosby won the poll more consecutive years.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1973
    Age 37
    In 1973, Reynolds released the album Ask Me What I Am and sang along with Dolly Parton in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
    More Details Hide Details On March 15, 1978, Reynolds earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and built a dinner theatre in Jupiter, Florida followed by other franchise locations of the Reynolds Celebrity Dinner Theater including the Beacham Theater in Orlando. 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.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1963
    Age 27
    Reynolds married Judy Carne from 1963 to 1965, and Loni Anderson from 1988 to 1993, with whom he adopted a son, Quinton.
    More Details Hide Details He had a relationship with Sally Field. In the late 1970s, Reynolds opened Burt's Place, a nightclub restaurant in the Omni International Hotel in the Hotel District of Downtown Atlanta. 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. While filming City Heat, Reynolds was struck in the face with a metal chair, which broke his jaw and caused temporomandibular joint dysfunction. He lost thirty pounds from not eating. The painkillers he was prescribed led to addiction, which took several years to break.
  • 1960
    Age 24
    Reynolds guest-starred in the Pony Express episode, "The Good Samaritan", which aired in 1960 on the centennial of the famed mail route.
    More Details Hide Details He used television fame to secure leading roles for low-budget films and played the titular role in Navajo Joe. He later disparaged the series, 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. Saul David considered Reynolds to star in Our Man Flint, but Lew Wasserman rejected him. Albert R. Broccoli asked Reynolds to play James Bond, but he turned the role down, saying "An American can't play James Bond. It just can't be done." The role went to George Lazenby. Reynolds then filmed Shark! with director Sam Fuller and Fuller disowned the rough cuts. Reynolds later starred in Saul David's Skullduggery (1970). His 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 cast to receive Academy Awards. In 1977, Reynolds and Nick Nolte declined the role of Han Solo in the Star Wars franchise, and went 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 also starred in Smokey and the Bandit and in Stroker Ace (1983), a decision which, he later claimed, was a turning point in his career from which he never recovered.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1956
    Age 20
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In his autobiography, Reynolds refers to Duncan as his mentor and the most influential person in his life. 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 appearing 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.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1936
    Age 0
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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, he 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, and also became a brother of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. 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 his sophomore season, and a car accident later that year worsened the injury.
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