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Real Name: Burton Leon Reynolds Jr.
Birth Place: Waycross, Georgia, USA
Birth Date: February 11, 1936
Occupation: Actor, Director, Producer

Burt Reynolds Biography

Enduring, strong-featured and genial star of US cinema, Burt Reynolds started off in TV westerns in the 1960s and then carved his name into 1970/1980s popular culture as a male sex symbol (posing near naked for "Cosmopolitan" magazine) and on-screen as both a rugged action figure and then as a wisecracking, Southern-type "good olé' boy".Handsome Reynolds originally hailed from Waycross, Georgia, before his family moved to Florida, where he excelled as an athlete and played with Florida State University. He became an All Star Southern Conference halfback (and was earmarked by the Baltimore Colts) before a knee injury and a car accident ended his football career. Midway through college he dropped out and headed to New York with aspirations of becoming an actor. There he worked in restaurants and clubs while pulling the odd TV spot or theatre role.He was spotted in a New York City production of "Mister Roberts" and signed to a TV contract and eventually had recurring roles in such shows as "Gunsmoke" (1955), "Riverboat" (1959) and his own series, "Hawk" (1966).Reynolds continued to appear in non-demanding western roles, often playing an Indian halfbreed, in films such as Navajo Joe (1966), 100 Rifles (1969) and Sam Whiskey (1969). However, it was his tough-guy performance as macho Lewis Medlock in the John Boorman backwoods nightmare Deliverance (1972) that really stamped him as a bona-fide star. Reynolds' popularity continued to soar with his appearance as a no-nonsense private investigator in Shamus (1973) and in the Woody Allen comedy Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972). Building further on his image as a Southern boy who outsmarts the local lawmen, Reynolds packed fans into theaters to see him in White Lightning (1973), The Longest Yard (1974), W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings (1975) and Gator (1976).At this time, ex-stuntman and longtime Reynolds buddy Hal Needham came to him with a "road film" script. It turned out to be the incredibly popular Smokey and the Bandit (1977) with Sally Field and Jerry Reed, which took over $100 million at the box office. That film's success was followed by Smokey and the Bandit II (1980) and Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 (1983). Reynolds also appeared alongside Kris Kristofferson in the hit football film Semi-Tough (1977), with friend Dom DeLuise in the black comedy The End (1978) (which Reynolds directed), in the stunt-laden buddy film Hooper (1978) and then in the self-indulgent, star-packed road race flick The Cannonball Run (1981).The early 1980s started off well with a strong performance in the violent cop film Sharky's Machine (1981), which he also directed, and he starred with Dolly Parton in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982) and with fellow macho superstar Clint Eastwood in the coolly received City Heat (1984). However, other projects such as Stroker Ace (1983), Stick (1985) and Paternity (1981) failed to catch fire with fans and Reynolds quickly found himself falling out of popularity with movie audiences. In the late 1980s he appeared in only a handful of films, mostly below average, before his old friend television came to the rescue and he shone again in two very popular TV shows, "B.L. Stryker" (1989) and "Evening Shade" (1990), for which he won an Emmy.He was back on screen, but still the roles weren't grabbing the public's attention, until his terrific performance as a drunken politician in the otherwise woeful Striptease (1996) and then another tremendous showing as a manipulative porn director in Boogie Nights (1997), which scored him a Best Supporting Actor nomination. Like the phoenix from the ashes, Reynolds had resurrected his popularity and, in the process, had gathered a new generation of young fans, many of whom had been unfamiliar with his 1970s film roles. He put in entertaining work in Pups (1999), Mystery, Alaska (1999), Driven (2001) and Time of the Wolf (2002). Definitely one of Hollywood's most resilient stars, Reynolds has continually surprised all with his ability to weather both personal and career hurdles and his 40-plus years in front of the cameras is testament to his staying ability, his acting talent and his appeal to film audiences.

Burt Reynolds Movies / TV-Shows

Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives (2017)
The Last Movie Star (2017)
Apple of My Eye (2017)
Shangri-La Suite (2016)
Hollow Creek (2016)
Listen to Me Marlon (2015)
Pocket Listing (2015)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015)
A Magic Christmas (2014)
Fast N' Loud (2012)
Not Another Not Another Movie (2011)
The Jonathan Ross Show (2011)
Reel Love (2011)
Paul Williams Still Alive (2011)
Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010)
The Talk (2010)
Conan (2010)
Archer (2009)
Watch What Happens: Live (2009)
Piers Morgan's Life Stories (2009)
30 for 30 (2009)
Pioneers of Television (2008)
Deal (2008)
Delgo (2008)
A Bunch of Amateurs (2008)
Randy and the Mob (2007)
Burn Notice (2007)
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007)
Cloud 9 (2006)
Grilled (2006)
Forget About It (2006)
Broken Bridges (2006)
End Game (2006)
Robot Chicken (2005)
American Dad! (2005)
Freddie (2005)
Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005)
The Dukes of Hazzard (2005)
The Adventures of Errol Flynn (2005)
My Name Is Earl (2005)
The Longest Yard (2005)
The Contender (2005)
Without a Paddle (2004)
Duck Dodgers (2003)
Gumball 3000: The Movie (2003)
Sex at 24 Frames Per Second (2003)
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)
The Librarians (2003)
Miss Lettie and Me (2002)
Time of the Wolf (2002)
Johnson County War (2002)
Kiusauksen hinta (2001)
Driven (2001)
The Hollywood Sign (2001)
The Last Producer (2000)
The Crew (2000)
Ed (2000)
Waterproof (2000)
Mystery, Alaska (1999)
Hard Time: Hostage Hotel (1999)
Pups (1999)
Universal Soldier III: Unfinished Business (1998)
Universal Soldier II: Brothers in Arms (1998)
Hard Time (1998)
The King of Queens (1998)
King of the Hill (1997)
Bean (1997)
Boogie Nights (1997)
The Story of Bean (1997)
Meet Wally Sparks (1997)
Crazy Six (1997)
Big City Blues (1997)
The Cherokee Kid (1996)
Citizen Ruth (1996)
Striptease (1996)
Mad Dog Time (1996)
The Daily Show (1996)
Raven (1996)
The Maddening (1995)
Cybill (1995)
Felidae (1994)
WrestleMania X (1994)
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man (1994)
Inside the Actors Studio (1994)
Cop & ½ (1993)
The X-Files (1993)
WWE Raw (1993)
WWE Raw (1993)
The Player (1992)
The Larry Sanders Show (1992)
Benny Hill: The World's Favorite Clown (1991)
Maury (1991)
Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990)
All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
Physical Evidence (1989)
Breaking In (1989)
Switching Channels (1988)
Out of This World (1987)
Rent-a-Cop (1987)
Malone (1987)
Biography (1987)
Heat (1986)
Shattered If Your Kid's on Drugs (1986)
Uphill All the Way (1986)
American Masters (1985)
Stick (1985)
Sherman's March (1985)
Amazing Stories (1985)
The Golden Girls (1985)
Cannonball Run II (1984)
City Heat (1984)
The Man Who Loved Women (1983)
Stroker Ace (1983)
Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 (1983)
Live with Kelly and Ryan (1983)
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982)
Best Friends (1982)
Six Pack (1982)
The Cannonball Run (1981)
Sharky's Machine (1981)
Smokey and the Bandit II (1980)
Starting Over (1979)
Hooper (1978)
The End (1978)
Semi-Tough (1977)
Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
Silent Movie (1976)
Nickelodeon (1976)
Gator (1976)
Saturday Night Live (1975)
Hustle (1975)
Arena (1975)
At Long Last Love (1975)
W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings (1975)
Lucky Lady (1975)
The Longest Yard (1974)
Shamus (1973)
The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing (1973)
White Lightning (1973)
Deliverance (1972)
Fuzz (1972)
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972)
Skullduggery (1970)
Sam Whiskey (1969)
100 Rifles (1969)
Impasse (1969)
The Carol Burnett Show (1967)
Navajo Joe (1966)
The F.B.I. (1965)
Branded (1965)
Flipper (1964)
Armored Command (1961)
Route 66 (1960)
The Twilight Zone (1959)
Lock Up (1959)
Naked City (1958)
Perry Mason (1957)
Zane Grey Theater (1956)
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955)
Gunsmoke (1955)
The Magical World of Disney (1954)

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