Talk about a Hollywood success story! Burt Reynolds has had a career spanning an incredible 60 years, beginning with guest-starring roles on TV series and a couple of shows of his own. He then made the leap to the big screen and, over the course of a decade, became one of the most popular movie stars in the world. Now, he's transitioned over to more of a character actor, but what an amazing legacy he's given us as he's continued to practice his craft.
Burt is Smokey and the Bandit. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Today's moviegoers may not realize it, but Burt — born Burton Leon Reynolds on Feb. 11, 1936, in Lansing, MI — starred in some truly amazing movies that really connected with audiences. Among them are the still-disturbing Deliverance, the ultimate "good ole boy" adventure Smokey and the Bandit, the prison drama The Longest Yard, and a drama set within the porn industry, Boogie Nights, which represented one of his most nuanced performances and even earned him an Academy Award nomination.
In between, he proved himself pretty fearless, tackling a wide diversity of roles. There were romantic comedies and dramas (Starting Over and Paternity), westerns galore (100 Rifles and The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing), black comedies (The End), private eye flicks (Shamus and Sharky's Machine), lots of fast-paced road trips (White Lightning, Gator and The Cannonball Run), and even a musical (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas). Along the way, he was offered the role of James Bond for 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service — which he turned down because he felt Bond had to be Britis — and the Man of Steel in 1978's Superman: The Movie, believing he would look ridiculous wearing the character's blue and red tights.
Burt and ex-wife Loni. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
In his private life, Burt was married to Laugh In actress Judy Carne from 1963 to 1965, and then to WKRP's Loni Anderson from 1988 to 1993. Burt and Loni adopted a son named Quinton during their union. Between the two was his famous love affair with actress Sally Field — his Smokey and the Bandit co-star — who he says was, and could very well still be, the true love of his life.
Burt has had one hell of a career — seriously, what an incredible journey it's been! Scroll down to see a complete guide to all of Burt's movies!