Burton Milo Reynolds, Jr

portrait of Burt Reynolds
At 43rd Emmy Awards, photo by Alan Light (25 August 1991)

Born: 11 February 1936, Waycross, Georgia

Burton Leon Reynolds was born at Waycross, Georgia and grew up at Lansing, Michigan. His father was drafted, took part in the assault on Normandy, returned to Lansing after WW II, and then moved the family to Riviera Beach, Florida where he served as chief of police and young Burt focused on football — first at Palm Beach High School and then at Florida State University. He was planning a football career when a knee injury sidelined him, a car accident compounded the problem. A teacher pushed him to audition for a play, he had the lead role and walked away with the 1956 Florida State Drama Award that gave him a scholarship to a summer stock theater at Hyde Park, New York. That led to minor stage and film roles and occasional television (including Gunsmoke, Perry Mason, and The Twilight Zone). His breakout role was probably Deliverance, he hit the big time with Smokey and the Bandit (and two sequels), and has racked up 178 credits as an actor at IMDB, along with directing and producing. He's won a Golden Globe plus a raft of awards for Boogie Nights, but he's also won a Razzie Award for Worst Actor, for Worst Screen Couple (with Demi Moore), plus being nominated six times for Worst Supporting Actor. As silly as some of them have been, I'm not ashamed to say I've enjoyed a bunch of Burt Reynolds' films.

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