Q: What were Burt Reynolds most memorable roles and what has he been up to recently?
A: The veteran actor and 1970’s sex symbol, Burt Reynolds, died of an apparent heart attack at age 82 on September 6, 2018.
He was born Burton Leon Reynolds Jr. on February 11, 1936. Reynolds was a promising football player but injuries forced him to give up that career path.
Instead, Reynolds attended Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth, Fla., and acted in a play, “Outward Bound.” His performance earned Reynolds a Florida State Drama Award in 1956.
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Reynolds went on to act in, produce or direct more than 300 television shows and 100 films.
His acting first received national attention when CBS’s Gunsmoke television series hired Reynolds on as “Quint” in 1962. He left in 1965 after staying for three seasons.
More recently, Reynolds attended a 2015 reunion of Gunsmoke cast members in Dodge City, Kansas, the setting of the fictional show. CBS News reported Merry Florene, Lane Bradbury, Jess Walton, Bruce Boxleitner, and Buck Taylor also attended.
Other memorable film roles include Reynolds’ role in the film “Deliverance,” which earned him an Academy Award nomination. Then, in 1974, he portrayed Paul “Wrecking” Crewe in “The Longest Yard.” The film went on to win a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture.
Reynolds made an appearance in Adam Sandler’s 2005 remake of “The Longest Yard” but told USA Today that he never watched the new film. He said he did it for “the paycheck.”
Reporters in the Belleville News-Democrat newsroom remembered Reynolds most for his role in “Smokey and the Bandit.” In a later autobiography, Reynolds said his friends didn’t want him to do the film.
Of his co-star in “Smokey and the Bandit”, Sally Fields, Reynolds wrote in 2016: “I’m sorry I never told her that I loved her, and I’m sorry we couldn’t make it work. It’s the biggest regret of my life.”
Another notable Reynolds role, in Boogie Nights, almost didn’t happen. Reynolds said he turned down the role seven times and finally accepted it on the eighth offer.
As for his last roles, according to IMDB.com, the film, “Defining Moments” directed by Stephen Wallis will be released on Christmas Day this year with Reynolds in a starring role. In March 2018, he had a supporting role in the film, “Shadow Fighter.”
And finally, it appears Reynolds made an appearance in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” which is scheduled to be released in July 2019.