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Burton Leon "Burt" Reynolds, Jr. (born February 11, 1936) is an American actor. Some of his memorable roles include Lewis Medlock in Deliverance, Paul "Wrecking" Crewe in The Longest Yard, Coach Nate Scarborough in the 2005 remake of The Longest Yard, Bo 'Bandit' Darville in Smokey and the Bandit, J.J. McClure in The Cannonball Run, the voice of Charlie Barkin in All Dogs Go to Heaven 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.

Early life

Reynolds's parents were Burton Reynolds, who was of Cherokee and Englishmarker descent, 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 Ozarkmarker woods at Fort Leonard Wood. When Reynolds's father was sent to Europe, the family returned to Lansing, Michiganmarker. 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, Michiganmarker, where he felt he did not belong among the Native American, farm and backwoods children who made up most of the student body.

Reynolds's father was discharged from the Army in late 1945. In early 1946, while his parents were on a second honeymoon in Floridamarker, his father was offered a job as general contractor for a new housing development in Riviera Beach, Floridamarker. Reynolds moved to Riviera Beach with his parents, while his sister stayed in Michigan to finish the school year. The Reynolds family at first lived in a mobile home, but subsequently bought the first house that was completed in the new subdivision.

Reynolds thought he was in paradise when he and former ex-girlfriend Odessa Scott would drive down Hollywood Blvd on his motorcycle with his shirt off and hair blowing in the wind. He had access to the Evergladesmarker to the west, the shore of the Lake Worth Lagoon to the east, and further east, across the Blue Heron Boulevard bridge to Singer Island, the Atlantic Oceanmarker. He was fascinated by the Conch fishermen and their families who made up most of the population of Riviera Beach.

After two years his father's contractor job ended, and Reynolds's parents bought a lunch counter and sundry store next to the bridge to Singer Island. As the business was close to a large dock and some fish and shrimp packing houses, business was good. Soon after, Reynolds's father was recruited as a police officer for Riviera Beach. When the police chief died a few years later, Reynolds's father became the chief.

As his home was at the north edge of Riviera Beach, Reynolds attended school in Lake Parkmarker, just to the north of Riviera Beach. While he was in seventh grade, the Palm Beach County School Board decided that there were too few seventh grade students in the school to justify a teacher's salary, and Reynolds was transferred to Central Junior High School (now Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts) in West Palm Beachmarker. Reynolds felt lost at the big school, and started hanging out with greasers and skipping school. He also began showing off with dangerous stunts, such as diving off the top of a raised drawbridge, and jumping from an airboat onto the back of a running deer.

When Reynolds was twelve he became friends with Jimmy Hooks. After learning that Jimmy was being physically abused in his home, Reynolds took Jimmy home with him and told his parents he wanted Jimmy to be his brother. The family took Jimmy in, eventually officially adopting him years later when Jimmy was in his twenties.

When Reynolds was fourteen he tried out for the football team at Central Junior High. He had never played organized sports, but worked hard at practice, earned his letterman's sweater, and was named to the county all-star team. The next year, when Reynolds entered high school, he made the varsity team, but did not have much opportunity to play. In his junior year he had more opportunity to play. Seeing his ability, and foreseeing that he was likely to receive scholarship offers, one of Reynolds's coaches persuaded him to take the courses necessary to enter a college. In his senior year Reynolds was named First Team All State and All Southern as a fullback, and received multiple scholarship offers. His most notable performance came against Swartz Creek High School where he rushed for 310 yards and four touchdowns while playing with a strained calf muscle.


After graduating from Palm Beach High School in West Palm Beach, Floridamarker, Reynolds attended Florida State Universitymarker on a college football scholarship, becoming an all-star halfback. While at Florida State, Reynolds joined the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, the football team's fraternity of choice. He was anticipating a very good season his second year, with expectations of being named to All American teams, and an eventual career in professional football. In the first game of the season Reynolds tore the cartilage in his knee. He made the injury worse by trying to play again later in the game, and then again in a couple of games late in the season. On Christmas break that year, Reynolds ran his father's car up under a flatbed trailer that was sitting across a dark street. The car was wedged under the trailer, and it took rescuers seven and a half hours to remove Reynolds from the wreckage. He had multiple injuries, including his knee, shoulder, some broken ribs, and a ruptured spleen, the last of which was removed in emergency surgery.

With his college football career ended, Reynolds considered becoming a police officer, but his father suggested that he finish college and become a parole officer. In order to keep up with his studies he began taking classes at Palm Beach Junior College (PBJC) in neighboring LakeWorth, Florida. In his first term at PBJC Reynolds was in a class taught by Watson B. Duncan III. Duncan pushed Reynolds into trying out for a play he was producing, Outward Bound. He cast Reynolds in the lead, based on his impressions from listening to Reynolds read Shakespeare in class. Reynolds won the 1956 Florida State Drama Award for his performance in Outward Bound. Reynolds calls Duncan his mentor and the most-influential person in his life.


The Florida State Drama Award included a scholarship to the Hyde Park Playhouse, a summer stock theater, in Hyde Park, New Yorkmarker. Reynolds saw the opportunity as an agreeable alternative to more physically demanding summer jobs, but did not yet see acting as a career. While working at Hyde Park, Reynolds met Joanne Woodward, who helped Reynolds find an agent, and be cast in Tea and Sympathy at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York Citymarker. Reynolds received favorable reviews for his performance in Tea and Sympathy. Reynolds then went on tour with Tea and Sympathy, driving the bus as well as appearing on stage.

After the tour Reynolds returned to New York and enrolled in acting classes. His classmates included Frank Gifford, Carol Lawrence, Red Buttons and Jan Murray. After a botched improvisation in acting class, Reynolds briefly considered returning to Florida, but he soon got a part in a revival of Mister Roberts, with Charlton Heston as the star. After the play closed, the director, John Forsythe, arranged a movie audition with Josh Logan for Reynolds. The movie was Sayonara, and Reynolds was told he couldn't be in the movie because he looked too much like Marlon Brando. Logan advised Reynolds to go to Hollywoodmarker, but Reynolds did not feel confident enough to do so.

Reynolds worked odd jobs while waiting for acting opportunities. He waited tables, washed dishes, drove a delivery truck and worked as a bouncer at the Roseland Ballroommarker. It was while working as a dockworker that Reynolds was offered $150 to jump through a glass window on a live television show.

He made his Broadway debut in Look, We've Come Through. Reynolds first starred on television with Darren McGavin in the 1959-1961 NBC series, Riverboat. In 1960-1961, he appeared in two episodes of the syndicated series The Blue Angels, about elite fliers of the United States Navy. That same season, he guest starred in the syndicated crime drama, The Brothers Brannagan in the episode "Bordertown". Reynolds went on to appear in a number of other shows, including a role as blacksmith/ defacto depute, and half-Native American Quint Asper on CBS's Gunsmoke from 1962–1965. On June 11, 1959, he appeared as Tony Sapio with Ruta Lee as Gloria Fallon in the episode entitled "The Payoff" of NBC's 1920s crime drama, The Lawless Years. In 1962 Reynolds secured a guest appearance on Perry Mason in "The Case of the Counterfeit Crank".

His film debut was in 1961, in the movie Angel Baby. At the urging of friend Clint Eastwood, Reynolds used his TV fame to secure leading roles in overseas low budget films, commonly called "Spaghetti Westerns". (Eastwood advised Reynolds from experience, as he had done the same). Reynolds first Spaghetti Western, Navajo Joe, came out in 1966. These low budget starring roles established Reynolds as a bankable leading man in movies, and earned him starring roles in American big-budget motion pictures. During this period, he starred in two short-lived cop shows: Hawk and Dan August. He disparaged these shows, telling Johnny Carson that Dan August had "two forms of expression: mad and supermad." His breakout performance in Deliverance in 1972 made him a star. The same year, Reynolds gained notoriety when he posed naked in the April (Vol. 172, No. 4) issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine.

Reynolds claims he was offered the role of James Bond by producer Albert R. Broccoli, after Sean Connery left the franchise. Reynolds turned the role down, saying "An American can't play James Bond. It just can't be done." In 1973, he released the album Ask Me What I Am. He would also sing with Dolly Parton in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

Reynolds appeared on ABC's The American Sportsman hosted by outdoors journalist Grits Gresham, who took celebrities on hunting, fishing, and shooting trips around the world.

On March 15, 1978, Reynolds earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Famemarker, and in the same year built a dinner theatre in Jupiter, Floridamarker. 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.

During the first half of the 1990s, he was the star of the CBS television series Evening Shade, for which he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (1991).

Despite much success, Reynolds's finances were bad, due in part to an extravagant lifestyle, a messy divorce from Loni Anderson (see below), and failed investments in some Florida restaurant chains; consequently, in 1996, Reynolds filed for bankruptcy. The filing was under Chapter 11, from which Reynolds emerged two years later.

Reynolds started a comeback with the movie Striptease in 1996, and the critically acclaimed Boogie Nights, in 1997, put his career back on track. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Boogie Nights and won a Golden Globe Award for the movie. He was considered a front-runner for the Supporting Oscar, but ultimately lost to Robin Williams, who won it for his role in Good Will Hunting.

In early 2000, he created and toured Burt Reynolds's One-Man Show. In 2002, he lent his voice to the character Avery Carrington in the controversial video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

In 2005, he co-starred in a remake of The Longest Yard, with Adam Sandler playing the role of Paul Crewe, the role Reynolds had played in the 1974 original. This time around, Reynolds took on the role of Nate Scarborough. The irony in Reynolds's participation in the remake was that his role in the 1974 original garnered him a Golden Globe nomination "Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy", while his role in the remake saw him receive a Razzie Award nomination for "Worst Supporting Actor". He also appeared in a movie version of the popular 1980s TV series The Dukes of Hazzard, as Boss Hogg.

He starred in the audio book version of The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook. In May 2006, Reynolds began appearing in Miller Lite beer commercials. In 2007 at the World Stuntman Awards he was awarded the Taurus Lifetime Achievement Award. While presenting him with the award Arnold Schwarzenegger referred to him as the greatest of the great.

Richard Clayton, who worked as Reynolds's agent and personal manager for twenty-two years, died on September 29, 2008.

Southern filmmaking

Although Reynolds had already made eleven films, his performance as Lewis, the macho Atlantamarker businessman in John Boorman's 1972 film adaptation of James Dickey's novel Deliverance, signaled the beginning of his box-office popularity. Hailed as one of the year's best films, Deliverance is the story of four suburbanites' harrowing journey into Appalachianmarker Georgiamarker. Filmed on Georgia's Chattooga River, Deliverance also marked the beginning of Reynolds's devotion to making films in and about the South.

The following year Reynolds was persuaded to play the role of a moonshiner in the film White Lightning after the filmmakers promised to shoot in the South. White Lightning, which was filmed in Arkansasmarker, broke attendance records nationwide, and the film's success encouraged Hollywoodmarker studios to make more southern films. In 1976 Reynolds both starred in and made his directorial debut with Gator, the sequel to White Lightning. Deciding to shoot Gator entirely in Georgia, Reynolds announced that "I have this violent urge to get behind the camera... I want to say some nice things about the South."

In 1974 Reynolds starred in the memorable and well-received The Longest Yard, which was filmed at the Georgia State Prison in Reidsvillemarker. In the film Reynolds portrays a former NFL star quarterback who is sent to prison and then forced to put together a football team composed of fellow inmates to compete in a life-and-death football game against the sadistic warden's own semi-pro team made up of his sadistic prison guards. Many inmates served as extras and helped to construct the sets, including a football field that was given to the prison after filming was complete. Governor Jimmy Carter played a key role in the orchestration of the project and, according to Reynolds, promised that he "would personally come in and take me out if anything happened." The film was remade in 2005, with Reynolds recast as Coach Nate Scarborough, was popular with audiences, but not with critics. (There was also a British remake, reusing the 1974 film's British title The Mean Machine, but Reynolds was not involved in that project.)

During the next few years Reynolds continued his pattern of choosing southern-themed films that were often shot, at least partially, in the South. In the 1975 film W. W. and the Dixie Dance Kings, filmed in Nashville, Tennesseemarker, he played the fast-talking, gas station robbing manager of a group of country musicians whose collective dream is to one day play the Grand Ole Oprymarker. Two years later, Smokey and the Bandit perhaps showcased Reynolds at his apex in this period. As "The Bandit", Reynolds appears completely in his element and humorous Southern charm as a smooth-talking, fast-driving, law-evading modern-day Southern outlaw. The film also featured legendary comedian Jackie Gleason as Reynolds's would-be foil, as well as popular Georgia country singer-songwriter-musician Jerry Reed. It was and remains one of Reynolds's best-known and well-loved films. Filmed entirely in Georgia, the successful comedy was followed in 1980 by Smokey and the Bandit II, which was filmed partially in Georgia and Florida.

Reynolds's next film, The Cannonball Run, was shot almost entirely in Georgia, referred to as "Burt's good luck state" by the director, Hal Needham. That same year Reynolds directed and starred in Sharky's Machine. Filmed entirely in Atlantamarker, the movie features Reynolds as a narcotics officer investigating the murder of a prostitute in the city.

During these years, Reynolds starred in a number of other notable films, including The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing, Semi-Tough, The End (which he also directed), Starting Over and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

Personal life


At various points in his life, Reynolds was romantically involved with Tammy Wynette, Lucie Arnaz, Adrienne Barbeau, Susan Clark, Sally Field, Lorna Luft, Tawny Little, 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 (born August 31, 1988). E! Online reported that he dated Kate Edelman Johnson from 2003 to 2005.

Sports team owner

On July 3, 1982, Reynolds lived out one of his dreams by once again getting involved with a sport that still holds a certain soft spot in his heart, by becoming a co-owner of the Tampa Bay Bandits, a professional football team in the USFL whose nickname was inspired by his then-recent Smokey and the Bandit movies. Other owners included John Bassett and Stephen Arky, an attorney from Miami. Reynolds was a general partner of the team from 1982 to 1985, the entire existence of the USFL. The team held a winning record in every year. In 1983 they went 11–7–0 in the Central Division but did not make the playoffs. In 1984 they went 14–4–0 in the Southern Division and lost in the conference semifinals to the Birmingham Stallions 36–17. In 1985 they went 10–8–0 in the Eastern Conference but lost in the quarterfinals to the Oakland Invaders 30–27.

Reynolds also co-owned a NASCAR Winston Cup team with Hal Needham, which ran the #33 Skoal Bandits car, with driver Harry Gant.

Burt Reynolds was selected as the special guest ring announcer for the main event of WrestleMania X.


Year Film Role Notes
1961 Angel Baby Hoke Adams Film debut
Armored Command Skee  
1965 Operation C.I.A. Mark Andrews  
1966 Navajo Joe Joe  
1969 100 Rifles Yaqui Joe Herrera  
Sam Whiskey Sam Whiskey  
Impasse Pat Morrison  
Shark! Caine  
1970 Skullduggery Douglas Temple  
1972 Deliverance Lewis Medlock  
Fuzz Det. Steve Carella  
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex Sperm Switchboard Chief cameo role
1973 Shamus Shamus McCoy  
White Lightning Gator McKlusky  
The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing Jay Grobart  
1974 The Longest Yard Paul Crewe Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1975 At Long Last Love Michael Oliver Pritchard III  
W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings W.W. Bright  
Lucky Lady Walker Ellis song performer
Hustle Lieutenant Phil Gaines also executive producer
1976 Silent Movie himself cameo role
Gator Gator McKlusky also director
Nickelodeon Buck Greenway  
1977 Smokey and the Bandit Bo 'Bandit' Darville  
Semi-Tough Billy Clyde Puckett  
1978 The End Wendell Sonny Lawson also director
Hooper Sonny Hooper also producer
1979 Starting Over Phil Potter Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1980 Rough Cut Jack Rhodes  
Smokey and the Bandit II Bo 'Bandit' Darville  
1981 The Cannonball Run J.J. McClure  
Paternity Buddy Evans  
Sharky's Machine Sgt. Tom Sharky also director
1982 The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd song performer
Best Friends Richard Babson  
1983 Stroker Ace Stroker Ace  
Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 The Real Bandit/ Bo 'Bandit' Darville cameo role
The Man Who Loved Women David Fowler  
1984 Cannonball Run II J.J. McClure  
City Heat Mike Murphy  
1985 Southern Voices, American Dreams himself documentary
Stick Ernest 'Stick' Stickley also director
1986 Uphill All the Way himself cameo role
Sherman's March himself documentary
Heat Mex  
1987 Malone Richard Malone  
1988 Rent-A-Cop Tony Church  
Switching Channels John L. Sullivan IV  
1989 Physical Evidence Joe Paris  
Breaking In Ernie Mullins  
All Dogs Go to Heaven Charlie B. Barkin voice and song performer
1990 Modern Love Colonel Frank Parker  
1992 The Player himself cameo role
1993 Cop and a Half Nick McKenna  
1994 A Century of Cinema himself documentary
1995 The Maddening Roy Scudder  
1996 Frankenstein and Me Les Williams  
Citizen Ruth Blaine Gibbons  
Striptease Congressman David Dilbeck  
Mad Dog Time 'Wacky' Jacky Jackson  
1997 Meet Wally Sparks Lenny Spencer  
Bean General Newton  
Boogie Nights Jack Horner Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor

Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Raven Jerome 'Raven' Katz  
1998 Crazy Six Dakota  
Hard Time Det. Logan McQueen  
1999 Waterproof Eli Zeal  
The Hunter's Moon Clayton Samuels  
Pups Daniel Bender  
Big City Blues Connor co-producer
Stringer Wolko  
Mystery, Alaska Judge Walter Burns  
2000 The Crew Joey 'Bats' Pistella  
The Last Producer Sonny Wexler also director
2001 Driven Carl Henry  
Tempted Charlie LeBlanc  
Hotel Flamenco Manager  
The Hollywood Sign Kage Mulligan  
Auf Herz und Nieren Banko German film
2002 Snapshots Larry Goldberg  
Time of the Wolf Archie McGregor  
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Avery Carrington Voice
2003 Hard Ground John 'Chill' McKay Hallmark Channel film tv
The Librarians Irish  
4th and Life Narrator documentary
Gumball 3000: The Movie himself voice
2004 Without a Paddle Del Knox  
2005 The Longest Yard Coach Nate Scarborough  
The Dukes of Hazzard Jefferson Davis 'Boss' Hogg  
Legend of Frosty the Snowman Narrator voice
2006 Cloud 9 Billy Cole  
End Game General Montgomery  
Forget About It Sam LeFleur  
Grilled Goldbluth  
Broken Bridges Jake Delton  
2007 Randy and the Mob Elmore Culpepper  
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale King Konreid  
2008 Deal Tommy Vinson  
Delgo Delgo's Father voice
2009 A Bunch of Amateurs Jefferson Steel
Not Another Not Another Movie C.J. Waters
A Fonder Heart Craig Thomas pre-production
Catch .44 Mel pre-production

Awards and achievements

Television and general film awards

1991 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (for Evening Shade)

1992 Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical (for Evening Shade)

1979 Favorite Motion Picture Actor
1979 Favorite All-Around Male Entertainer
1980 Favorite Motion Picture Actor
1982 Favorite Motion Picture Actor
1982 Favorite All-Around Male Entertainer
1983 Favorite Motion Picture Actor
1983 Favorite All-Around Male Entertainer
1984 Favorite Motion Picture Actor (tied with Clint Eastwood)
1991 Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Series

1980 Favorite Film Star - Male

1991 Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series (for Evening Shade)

2002 Lifetime Achievement Award

1998 Supporting Actor of the Year

1990 Golden Boot

1978 Male Star of the Year Award
1980 Male Star of the Year Award

Honorary recognitions

Reynolds has received a number of honorary recognitions over the years, mostly keys to various cities, or deputy badges from being deputized.

  • 1978 Star (for motion pictures) on the Hollywood Walk of Famemarker at 6838 Hollywood Blvd.
  • National Association of Theater Owners No. 1 box-office star for five straight years (1978–82)
  • 1987 Eastman Kodak Second Century Award
  • 1989 Durex Man Of The Year
  • 1991 American Cancer Society's Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2000 Children at Heart Award
  • 2003 Atlanta IMAGE Film and Video Award
  • 2007 Taurus Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2007 Best Buddies Canada Lifetime Achievement Award


Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Country US
1980 "Let's Do Something Cheap and Superficial" 51 88 Smokey and the Bandit II Soundtrack


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  2. Severalsources list Waycross, Georgia as Reynolds's birthplace ( , and ), for example, while other sources show that he was born in Lansing, Michigan ( Burt Reynolds's Official website), ( NNBD and The Palm Beach Post, June 28, 2000). Reynolds's autobiography (My Life) does not name his birthplace, although it does cover his childhood in Lansing, and fails to mention Waycross at all. For more discussion on Burt Reynolds's birthplace, see ()
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  17. Laura J. Margulies (2008), " Famous Bankruptcies".
  18. Gary Eng Walk (07 October1998), " Burt Reynolds closes the book on Chapter 11", Entertainment Weekly
  19. Anderson. 251-253, 262-263
  20. BURT AND LONI, AND BABY MAKES GLEE (The Philadelphia Inquirer - September 3, 1988)
  21. ( ) Burt Reynolds received a lifetime achievement award from Best Buddies Canada. The Oscar-nominated actor received the honour at a benefit gala with musical guest Chantal Kreviazuk in Toronto on September 10, 2007. Best Buddies Canada is a national charitable organization dedicated to fostering friendships between students and individuals with intellectual disabilities. Reynolds is receiving its annual award for his decades-long "commitment to aiding and inspiring youth by supporting drama education and humanitarian causes", said the group. Such causes include the Burt Reynolds Institute for Theatre in Tequest, Florida, founded by the legendary actor in 1979. Donations by the star have also helped establish the Burt Reynolds Eminent Scholar Chair in Regional and Professional Theatre at Florida State University, and the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Florida Reynolds has already been honoured for his efforts in aiding the children of Chernobyl.


  • Reynolds, Burt. (1994) My Life. New York: Hyperion. ISBN 0-7868-6130-4
  • Anderson, Loni. (1997) My Life in High Heels. Avon Books. ISBN 9780380728541

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