Reynolds was an talented athlete, but a devastating car accident ended his college football career in 1957. Finding his talent for acting obviously changed the course of his life. Thereafter, Burt Reynolds was the quintessential leading man in Hollywood, in a career that spanned nearly seven decades.
Reynolds is best known for his infamous roles such as Lewis Medlock in “Deliverance” (1972), and iconic characters like “Bandit”, as in “Smokey and the...”. Following some unfortunate script rejections, a series of bad financial decisions and a high dollar, high profile divorce, he became famously indebted, eventually filing for bankruptcy in 1996.
Reynolds continued on to climb back to the top. In 1998, he won a golden globe, and earned an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in “Boogie Nights”. He showed the world his wit and sense of humor through appearances on Johnny Carson and Saturday Night Live. Additionally, he was the author of his own memoirs, entitled But Enough About Me in 2016, and continued to teach acting until his final days.
Famous for his turbulent love affairs with some of Hollywood’s leading ladies, a nude spread in Cosmopolitan Magazine, even Playboy cover shoots, Reynolds was always center stage.
Burt Reynolds passed away surrounded by family, September 6th, from a heart attack.
His swagger and style were legendary and he will be truly missed. Our hearts and thoughts go out to his family at this most difficult time of loss.
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"I always wanted to experience everything and go down swinging, well, so far, so good. I know I'm old, but I feel young. And there's one thing they can never take away: Nobody had more fun than I did."