In 1968, Burt Reynolds tested for a role in the horror film Rosemary's Baby (1968), but Roman Polanski ended up casting John Cassavetes for the part.
Adopted a son, Quinton, in 1988.
Attended Florida State University on a football scholarship, but only played in two seasons. He was a star running back. His college football career was ended by a knee injury.
Refused the role that earned Jack Nicholson an Oscar in Terms of Endearment (1983). To this day, Reynolds comments that this was one of his most terrible mistakes. He also refused the role Kevin Kline played in Soapdish (1991), with Sally Field, because his then wife, Loni Anderson, told him that the whole Hollywood would laugh at her, as Reynolds and Field once had a very publicised love affair.
Is a 1958 graduate of Florida State University.
Was the first actor ever asked to guest-host "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962). Prior to Reynolds, only comedians had been invited. His first (?) guest was his ex-wife Judy Carne, whom he hadn't spoken to in over six years after a very bitter divorce.
He bared almost all for a Cosmopolitan centerfold in 1972.
Was seriously involved with actress Inger Stevens shortly before her suicide in 1970. Has to this day respectfully refused to discuss the relationship.
Member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
Had a relationship with Sally Field for many years, but she refused his numerous proposals, and they eventually broke up.
Turned down the role of John McClane in Die Hard (1988). The role went to Bruce Willis.
His father was of Irish-Cherokee Indian descent, his mother was of Italian descent.
Though their relationship did not work out, Reyonds still speaks fondly of actress Sally Field and he regards her as having been a positive influence on his life.
Turned down the role of "Han Solo" in Star Wars (1977).
Early in career appeared as a contestant on "The Dating Game" (1965).
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