The details of Burt Reynolds‘ will have been released to the public — and the court documents allegedly reveal the late actor’s surprising move to “intentionally” prevent his only child, son Quinton Anderson Reynolds, from inheriting money through his estate.
According to reports, Burt — who died at age 82 on Sept. 6 — named his niece Nancy Lee Brown Hess as the executor of his will and purposefully made only one mention of his 30-year-old son in the legal paperwork, which was allegedly signed in October 2011.
Though Burt didn’t leave Quinton any money in his will, the late star made it clear he was not disinheriting his child. “I intentionally omit him from this, my Last Will and Testament, as I have provided for him during my lifetime in my Declaration of Trust,” he reportedly stated in the docs.
According to the Daily Mail, Burt may have created a trust for his son to avoid paying estate taxes. It is unclear how much money Quinton may be inheriting from his father, but at the time of his death, Burt was thought to be worth around $5 million.
Shortly before he passed away, Burt proudly gushed about his adult son — whom he adopted with ex-wife Loni Anderson back in the 1980s — in an exclusive interview with Closer Weekly. “He is my greatest achievement. He’s a wonderful young man and is now working as a camera assistant in Hollywood. He never asked for any help with his career, he did it all himself, and I’m so proud of him. I love him very much,” Burt said in mid-July.
During a previous interview with Closer, Burt revealed he had no regrets despite enduring some rocky times throughout his life. “There’s nothing I can do about things that weren’t happy or good,” he said. “I just try not to dwell on those. Regrets are not healthy — it’s best to try and let go of those things that can’t be changed.”
“All of my experiences made me who I am today, and I’m grateful for the positive ones,” Burt added. “I don’t think of my past as anything negative, and if it is negative, I’ve forgotten it!”