Burton Leon "Burt" Reynolds Jr. (February 11, 1936 – September 6, 2018) was an American actor, director and producer. Some of his memorable roles include Lewis Medlock in Deliverance, Paul Crewe in The Longest Yard, Bo `Bandit` Darville in Smokey and the Bandit, J.J. McClure in The Cannonball Run and Jack Horner in Boogie Nights. He is one of America`s most recognizable film and television personalities. With more than 90 feature film and 300 television episode credits, he was the number-one box-office attraction for five straight years. Reynolds` parents were Burton Reynolds, who was half-Cherokee, and his wife, Fern. Reynolds states in his autobiography that his family was living in Lansing when his father was drafted into the United States Army. Reynolds, his mother and his sister joined his father at Fort Leonard Wood, where they lived for two years. Reynolds has stated that his first memories are of playing in the Ozark woods at Fort Leonard Wood. When Reynold`s father was sent to Europe, the family returned to Lansing, Michigan. After a short while, the Reynolds family moved to northern Michigan, across the road from his maternal grandparents` farm. Reynolds started attending school in Merritt, Michigan, where he felt he did not belong among the Native American, farm and backwoods children who made up most of the student body.
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 sell-out audiences as well. He sold the venue in the early 1990s. In the 1980s, after Smokey and the Bandit, he became typecast in similar, less well-done and less successful movies. Comedian and actor Robert Wuhl, in a standup act in the late 80s, said that "Burt Reynolds makes so many bad movies, when someone else makes a bad movie Burt gets a royalty!" He had his hand at producing a television show with friend Bert Convy in 1987, Win, Lose or Draw. He even appeared as a celebrity gameplayer in a few episodes of the show.
At various points in his life, Reynolds was romantically involved with Lucie Arnaz, Adrienne Barbeau, Susan Clark, Sally Field, Lorna Luft, Tawny Little, Dolly Parton, Pam Seals, Dinah Shore and Chris Evert. His relationship with Shore garnered particular attention given the fact she was 20 years his senior. Reynolds was married to actress/comedienne Judy Carne from 1963 to 1965, and actress Loni Anderson from 1988 to 1993, with whom he adopted a son, Quinton Anderson Reynolds. E! Online reports that he dated Kate Edelman Johnson from 2003 to 2005. His autobiography, titled My Life, was published in 1994 with much writing help from his close personal friend, Al Glasgow.
Full Name at Birth
Burton Leon Reynolds Jr.
82 (age at death)
Date of Birth
Date of Death
Location of Death
Cause of Death
Actor, Director, Producer
Claim to Fame
Smokey And The Bandit, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
TV commercial for Kodak Max film (1998)
TV commercial for Elizabeth Taylor's "White Diamonds" perfume (1997)
TV commercial for Maaco (2002)
TV/Theatrical commercial for British Petroleum (1991)
TV commercial for Brawny Paper Towels (voice) (2004)
TV commercial for T-Mobile (2004)
TV commercial for FedEx Kinko's (2004
TV commercials for Miller Lite (2006)
Print ads for Mars Candies' M&M's "Become an M&M" ad campaign (2007).
TV commercial for Florida Orange Juice (1999).