Burt Reynolds and Sally Field's Love Story: A Look Back

Burt Reynolds and Sally Field's Love Story: A Look Back

Burt Reynolds and Sally Field's Love Story: A Look Back

Perhaps best known for his broad roles, romances and stint as a magazine pin-up, Burt Reynolds' career was a mass of contradictions.

Another of his memorable performances was that of a former pro quarterback who lands in prison and assembles a team of convicts to play the warden's squad of brutal prison guards in 1974's rollicking "The Longest Yard", directed by Robert Aldrich. Reynolds later appeared in the acclaimed 1997 film Boogie Nights, earning him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor nomination and reviving his career.

Whatever he did after being let go from Gunsmoke, it worked, and Reynolds went on to make nearly 200 films over the course of five decades, always with his trademark sense of humour, whether onscreen or off. The Tonight Show appearances were important because it gave the world a chance to see how amusing Reynolds was.

Reynolds starred as Lewis Medlock, the intrepid leader of an ill-fated whitewater canoe trip. Reynolds' niece Nancy Lee Hess released a statement saying that the actor had been dealing with health issues, but his death was still unexpected.

Longtime Hollywood leading man Burt Reynolds has died at the age of 82.

Reynolds' notoriety soared through the late 1970s and 1980s, during which time he spearheaded the "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Cannonball Run" movie franchises.

Reynolds notably turned down an offer to play the space scoundrel Han Solo in the first "Star Wars", and the role of James Bond.


An English teacher later convinced him to try out for a play based on his reading of Shakespeare in class. Reynolds got the lead and won the 1956 Florida State Drama Award for his performance.

He had his hopes pinned on playing football professionally but his dream ended after he suffered separate injuries in both in his knees.

Considered a major heartthrob in his day, Reynolds' love life was often a topic of interest among his fans and the media. After marrying television actress Loni Anderson, Reynolds made a decision to produce and star in the sitcom Evening Shade, which ran on CBS from 1990-94.

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Reynolds went on to make a number of blockbuster movies, including the Smokey and the Bandit films, The Longest Yard, and Semi-Tough. He was set to begin work on the writer-director Quentin Tarantino's next film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

Between 1988 and 1993, Burt was married to blonde bombshell Loni Anderson. He is survived by his son from his second marriage, Quinton Anderson Reynolds.

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