Burt Reynolds Dead At 82

Burt Reynolds Dead At 82

Darren Sullivan
September 7, 2018

Reynolds scored another major role as the lead in the Smokey and the Bandit series, which seemed to perfectly fit his image as a smooth and sharply sarcastic country boy with a disregard for authority.

Reynolds was also known for roles in popular films like "The Longest Yard" and "Deliverance".

The financial success and cult following of his movies did not parlay into much when it came to critical accolades. He won an Emmy in 1991 for portraying Woodrow "Wood" Newton, the football coach at a small-town Arkansas high school. But he had a comeback of sorts with 1997's Boogie Nights, for which he earned a best supporting actor Oscar nomination. "It had some lovely women and all the good things". Reynolds had lived in Florida for many years and had suffered ill health in recent years. First to to British actress Judy Carne in 1963, who he divorced two years later.

In 1996 he filed for bankruptcy, where he cited $6.6 million in assets and $11.2 million in debts.

Born in south Georgia, Reynolds and his family moved to MI and eventually wound up in southeastern Florida, according to the website of the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, where he was inducted in 1993.

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Spahn was an 80-year old, almost blind man who rented his ranch in Los Angeles out to be used as a location for Western films. His family eventually moved from MI to Florida, where Burt attended Palm Beach High School and played halfback on the football team.

A MI native transplanted to Florida, he was an American football player in his youth, but switched to acting after a knee injury was aggravated by a auto accident. In the 80's, Reynolds' career cooled off considerably, but the CBS sitcom Evening Shade, which ran from 1990-94, helped revive him in the public eye. Reynolds being in any one of those roles would have drastically changed the trajectory of his career, not to mention the careers of Adam West, Harrison Ford, Jack Nicholson, Bruce Willis and Richard Gere.

After traveling to Hyde Park, Reynolds hung around NY and worked odd jobs before spending some time acting in stage productions.

Reynolds has also become well known for the roles that he turned down over the years.

Actor Burt Reynolds accepts award onstage during Spike TV's Guys Choice 2013 at Sony Pictures Studios on June 8, 2013 in Culver City, California.