Burt Reynolds Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Aashita Dhingra
Nov 15, 2023 By Aashita Dhingra
Originally Published on Aug 30, 2022
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About Burt Reynolds

Burt Reynolds born Burton Leon Reynolds Jr. was a popular American actor.

He was born on February 11, 1936, in Lansing, Michigan, and died on September 6, 2018, in Jupiter, Florida, United States. He was selected twice for Golden Globe Award.

Burt Reynolds was a key figure in American popular culture in the '70s. Keep reading for fascinating information about Burt Reynolds.

Burt Reynolds Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What was Burt Reynolds’ net worth?

Burt had a net worth of $3 million.

He willed his estate to his niece Nancy Lee Brown Hess.

How much did Burt Reynolds earn per year?

Burt had a successful acting career, but his annual salary is unknown.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall was Burt Reynolds?

He was around 5 ft 11 in (180 cm) tall.

How Old was Burt Reynolds?

Burt Reynolds died at 82.

Burt died of a heart attack at the Jupiter Medical Center in Jupiter, Florida, on September 6, 2018. He is not related to Ryan Reynolds.

Childhood And Education

Burt Reynolds was born in Lansing, Michigan, United States.

His parents were Burton Milo Reynolds Sr. and Harriet Fernette Fern. He had an older sister named Nancy Ann Brown.

Before Burt's father was enlisted in the American Army, the family lived in Lansing. They relocated and spent the next two years living in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. The family relocated to Lake City, Michigan, the place where his mother Harriet Fernette Fern had grown up after his father was dispatched to Europe.

His father was appointed Chief of Police after the family relocated to Riviera Beach, Florida, in 1946. During his 10th-grade year, Burt Reynolds garnered numerous college offers while a fullback on the first team all-state and all-southern teams at Palm Beach High School.

Burt played winger at Florida State University beginning in 1954 after receiving a soccer scholarship to play there after finishing at Palm Beach High School. A scholarship at the Hyde Park Playhouse was offered as part of the Florida State Drama Award.

Reynolds excelled in his debut season of soccer. Later that year, he was injured in a terrible car accident, and he also lost his spleen in the first match of his junior season. He took about two years off before going back to the university.

In 1956, Burt went to Palm Beach Junior College (PBJC) to continue his education. Reynolds resumed soccer when he moved to Florida State in the year 1957, although his car accident-injured leg slowed him and forced him to give up soccer.

Family, Romance And Relationships

Who was Burt Reynolds' partner?

Before his death, Burt Reynolds was a divorcee.

From 1963-1965, Burt was wedded to English actress Judy Carne. He had a relationship with American singer-actress Dinah Shore from 1971-1975.

A few years later, Reynolds had a short affair with singer Tammy Wynette and Sally Field, an American actress. During that time, Burt and Sally co-starred in four movies.

In 1988, Reynolds wed American actress Loni Anderson, and together, they adopted a child named Quinton Anderson Reynolds.

In 1994, Burt and Loni split up after he started dating cocktail waitress Pam Seals.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Burt Reynolds was famous for 'Deliverance', 'Smokey And The Bandit', and 'Boogie Nights'.

After receiving his first acting award, Reynolds won a grant to work at Hyde Park Playhouse. From there, he met actress Joanne Woodward, Joanne assisted him in finding an agent.

Burt garnered positive accolades for his Theatrical debut appearance in 'Look, We've Come Through' and proceeded on vacation with the show's cast, managing the vehicle and performing on stage. He made his acting debut at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City in the drama 'Tea And Sympathy'.

Afterward, Burt Reynolds went back to New York and engaged in acting school. He was given a role in the production of 'Mister Roberts', which starred Charlton Heston.

In the late '50s, Reynolds made his television debut as a guest star on episodes like 'M Squad', 'Flight', 'The Lawless Years', 'Pony Express', and 'Schlitz Playhouse'. Burt had a seven-year deal with Universal.

He gained prominence when he starred with Darren McGavin as Ben Frazer in the 1959–1961 television series 'Riverboat'. Despite running for the show's two seasons, Reynolds left the show after just 20 scenes.

Later he went back to guest featuring on TV shows such as 'Johnny Ringo', 'Playhouse 90', 'Lock Up', 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents', 'The Blue Angels', 'Zane Grey Theater', 'Michael Shayne', 'The Brothers Brannagan' and 'The Aquanauts'.

In 1961, Reynolds began his movie debut in 'Angel Baby', when he was listed fourth. He appeared in the war movie 'Armored Command' and also acted in José Quintero's production of 'Look, We've Come Through', but it only ran for five shows.

He kept appearing as a special guest on programs including 'Ripcord', 'Naked City', 'Route 66', 'Everglades', 'Perry Mason', and 'The Twilight Zone'.

In 1962, Burt Reynolds was chosen to star in the season of the American radio and television Western drama series 'Gunsmoke', replacing Dennis Weaver, but he left in 1965.

In 1965, Burt was cast to play his first leading part in 'Operation C.I.A'. He also made appearances as a guest performer in 'Flipper' (1964), 'The F.B.I.' (1965-1974), and '12 O'Clock High' (1964-1967).

Reynolds played Native American policeman John Hawk in the 1966–1967 tv show 'Hawk', which had 17 episodes before it was discontinued.

In 1966, Burt portrayed a role of a Native American in the Spaghetti Western 1966 titled 'Navajo Joe'. He did the role of a pilot for the TV show 'Lassiter' and appeared as a guest on 'Gentle Ben'.

Following that, Reynolds produced other movies, including 'Shark!' (1968) and 'Impasse' (1969). In William W. Norton's humorous Western 'Sam Whiskey' (1969), he portrayed the lead character.

In 1969, he showed an interest in portraying a similar role to John Garfield in 'The Postman Always Rings Twice', but nobody offered him the chance.

In 1970, he appeared in two TV movies, 'Run, Simon, Run', and 'Hunters Are For Killing. He portrayed the title role in the Quinn Martin-produced cop tv show 'Dan August' which ran from 1970–1971.

Afterward, Reynolds was approached by Albert R. Broccoli to succeed Sean Connery as James Bond, but he declined the offer. After the show was canceled, Reynolds performed in 'The Tender Trap', his first screenplay in six years, at Arlington Park Theater. Other TV pilots were given to him, but he was uncomfortable about playing a police officer again. He was privileged to host a talk show because he was such a hit as a guest, but he preferred to keep acting.

In 1972, Reynolds made his breakthrough performance in the 1972 film 'Deliverance', which was directed by John Boorman. He acted in Fuzz (1972), 'The Rainmaker', 'Shamus' (1973), 'The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing' (1973), 'White Lightning' (1973), 'The Longest Yard' (1974), 'At Long Last Love' (1975), 'Lucky Lady' (1975), 'W.W. And The Dixie Dancekings' (1975), 'Hustle' (1975), and 'Silent Movie' (1976).

In 1976, he made his directing debut with the action and crime film 'Gator', the continuation of Norton's 'White Lightning'. Burt enjoyed his most enormous commercial success in the 1977 film 'Smokey And The Bandit'. The film's producer was Hal Needham and has actors including Jerry Reed, Sally Field and Jackie Gleason. Still the same year, he declined a role in 'Star Wars'.

In 1977, Burt appeared in the David Merrick-produced film 'Semi-Tough', which also starred Jill Clayburgh and Kris Kristofferson.

In 1978, he directed another movie, 'The End', a black satire that depicted a performance originally scripted for Woody Allen.

Reynolds returned to the TV program with 'B.L. Stryker' (1989-1990). In 1990, he had a supporting role in 'Modern Love' and returned to screen after a few film industry setbacks and starred in the comedy series 'Evening Shade' (1990–1994), which earned Burt a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award.

He appeared in supporting roles in the 1996 'Frankenstein And Me', 'Mad Dog Time', 'The Cherokee Kid', and 'Meet Wally Sparks' (1997).

In 1997, Reynolds received an Oscar nomination for his role as an explicit film director in the hit film 'Boogie Nights'. For the part, he earned 12 awards and was nominated for three performing prizes, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

He was the main character in the 1997 film 'Big City Blues' and had minor parts in the 1998 films 'Universal Soldier II: Brothers In Arms' and 'Universal Soldier III: Unfinished Business'.

Reynold's last movie was 'The Last Movie Star' (2017), an American comedy-drama film scripted and directed by Adam Rifkin.

What Awards did Burt Reynolds win?

He won Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor-Television Series Musical or Comedy (1992), Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (1992), Los Angeles Film Critics Association for Best Supporting Actor (1997), New York Film Critics Circle for Best Supporting Actor (1997), and Online Film Critics Society for Best Supporting Actor (1997).

He was also awarded Golden Globe Awards for Best Supporting Actor (1998). Reynolds was named the most popular celebrity in the United States for the fifth time in 1982.

Burt Reynolds’ Hobbies and Interests

Aside from acting, Burt Reynolds loved writing and singing.

Burt co-authored a book for kids titled 'Barkley Unleashed: A Pirate's Tail' (1997). In 1973, he developed his vocal talent and released an album named 'Ask Me What I Am'.

He also performed a song with Dolly Parton in 'The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas'.

Other Interesting Burt Reynolds Facts And Trivia

  • Reynolds and Hal Needham shared ownership of Mach 1 Racing, a NASCAR Winston Cup Series team.
  • In 1981, Florida State University granted him an honorary title. Subsequently, he supported the development of a brand-new arts center in Sarasota, Florida.
  • He was the owner of a Private Dinner Theater in Florida.
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Burt Reynolds Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Burton Leon Jr. Reynolds

Date of Birth

1936-02-11

Date of Death

2018-09-06

Nationality

American

Place of Birth

Lansing

Height

180 cm

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Occupation

Actor

Education

Florida State University

Net Worth

3000000

Parents

Harriet Fernette Reynolds, Burton Milo Reynolds Sr.

Siblings

Nancy Ann Brown
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