Did you know Burt Reynolds was a collegiate athlete?!
Though the 81-year-old is most known for his acting roles in classic movies including Deliverance, The Longest Yard, Smokey and the Bandit, and Boogie Nights, Burt was also once an accomplished jock!
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Scroll down to find out what sport Burt played in college, plus more fascinating facts about the Hollywood star!
Burt first began receiving athletic scholarship offers for football in the mid-1950s as a 10th grader at Palm Beach High School in West Palm Beach, FL. After graduating, Burt attended Florida State University on a football scholarship and played halfback.
Burt at Florida State University in 1950. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Though Burt aspired to join the NFL, he was injured during the first game of his sophomore season. A subsequent car accident worsened his injury and Burt later reluctantly ended his college football career.
Burton "Burt" Leon Reynolds was born in Lansing, MI on Feb. 11, 1936, to Fern H. Miller Reynolds and Burton Milo Reynolds. Throughout his childhood, Burt and his family lived in Michigan, Missouri, and Florida.
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In 1963, Burt tied the knot with English actress Judy Carne but they divorced just two years later in 1965. The Striptease star was then hitched to actress Loni Anderson from 1998 until 1993. During their marriage, Burt and Loni adopted a son named Quinton Anderson Reynolds, who was born in August 1988.
Burt and Sally in 1978. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Between his two marriages, Burt had a high-profile relationship with actress Sally Field, though the two never exchanged vows. In his 2015 memoir, Burt sweetly referred to Sally as the "love of his life."
The actor has unfortunately been plagued with health issues in recent years. After once breaking his jaw, Burt lost 30 pounds by not eating and reportedly became addicted to painkillers for several years. In May 2009, he underwent back surgery and in February 2010 had a quintuple heart bypass.
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In 2015, Burt's "weak and frail" appearance at a Philadelphia Wizard World Comic Con event led many fans to worry about his health today. "People were concerned," an eyewitness told Closer Weekly at the time.
Burt in August 2015. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"Burt has health problems on so many fronts and they’re slowly eating away at him," a friend of the actor said. In a previous interview, Burt revealed he physically struggles today because of years and years of doing his own stunt work on film shoots. "I did all my own stunts, which is why I can’t walk very well now," he said.
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