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The life and career of Burt Reynolds

Actor Burt Reynolds, whose multi-decade, high energy film and TV career included roles in films like “Boogie Nights”, “Smokey and the Bandit”, “Deliverance” and more, died on Sept. 6, 2018. He was 82.

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Reynolds is remembered for a great number of films during his fifty plus years in Hollywood, one of which being “Smokey and the Bandit.” The 1977 comedy, which also starred Sally Field, Jerry Reed and Jackie Gleason as Sheriff Buford T. Justice, spawned two sequels.

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It was his role as porn director Jack Horner in “Boogie Nights” that earned Reynolds the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor nomination in 1997.

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Actor Burt Reynolds polishes star that was unveiled in the “Hollywood Walk of Fame” in Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 15, 1978. His star sits at 68-38 Hollywood Blvd., between stars previously dedicated to Jan Sterling and Wee Hunt. 


Reynolds starred in “Deliverance” with Ronny Cox in 1972, another box office hit that solidified Reynolds’ place in Hollywood.

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Loni Nelson and Burt Reynolds look into each other’s eyes at a party in Hollywood, CA in 1960. The two wouldn’t marry until 1988, and would divorce five years later in 1993. Reynolds’ first wife was Judy Carne, from 1963 to 1965.

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Burt Reynolds smiles for a photo during a pool party hosted by Dick Clark in Los Angeles in 1960.

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Reynolds also starred in his fair share of television shows from the late ‘50s to the early 2010s. Here, he poses for a promotional photo for “Riverboat” in 1960. Reynolds was later replaced by Noah Beery Jr.

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A former athlete himself, Reynolds starred in a handful of sports films throughout his career, including 1974’s “The Longest Yard”.

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Reynolds (r.) starred in the sports comedy film “Semi-Tough” alongside Kris Kristofferson and Jill Clayburgh in 1977.

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Reynolds (front, center) and the cast of “The Cannonball Run” in 1981: (back, l-r) Alfie Wise, Jack Elam (hidden), unknown, Joe Klecko, Jamie Farr, Mel Tillis, Bert Convy, Adrienne Barbeau, Michael Hui, Rick Aviles, Warren Berlinger, Dom DeLuise (c.), (front,l-r) Tara Buckman, Dean Martin, Farrah Fawcett, Roger Moore, Jackie Chan and Sammy Davis, Jr.

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Burt Reynolds escorts singer Dinah Shore to the Academy Awards in Los Angeles on April 2, 1974.


Burt Reynolds is all smiles talking about his his new movie “The Crew” and his character Joey “The Bats” Pistella from his hotel suite at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel on Aug. 20, 2000, in Miami Beach, Fla. 


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

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Reynolds starred alongside Adam Sandler in 2005’s “The Longest Yard”. It was a remake of the 1974 original that Reynolds also starred in.

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Burt Reynolds in scene from the movie “Hooper” in 1978.

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Burt Reynolds and Norman D. Golden II in 1993’s “Cop and a Half”.

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Burt Reynolds and Goldie Hawn in 1982’s “Best Friends”.

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American actor Burt Reynolds circa 1975.

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Burt Reynolds attends the screening of “The Bandit” during the 2016 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Paramount Theatre on March 12, 2016 in Austin, Texas.

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Burt Reynolds holds onto some rocks as he struggles in the water with his boat behind him in a publicity still issued for the film “Deliverance” in 1972. The 1972 thriller was directed by John Boorman and starred Reynolds as Lewis Medlock.

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Burt Reynolds in 1977’s “Smokey and the Bandit”.

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Burt Reynolds and Goldie Hawn in 1982’s “Best Friends”.

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Burt Reynolds announces the 2007 Actors Guild Life Achievement Award for Charles Durning onstage during the 14th annual Screen Actors Guild awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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Burt Reynolds makes his Wizard World Comic Con debut on day 3 of Wizard World Comic Con at Pennsylvania Convention Center on May 9, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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