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Burton Leon "Burt" Reynolds, Jr. (born February 11, 1936) is an American actor.
Reynolds was a high school football player who was wooed by several different colleges but decided on Florida State University. He hoped to become an all star but those hopes were dashed after a car crash left him with an injury.
Reynolds took acting classes and worked odd jobs. He made his debut on the stage and later was cast in TV and then acquired movie roles. He received his Hollywood star on the walk of fame in 1978. Shortly after, he opened a dinner theatre which brought in great crowds and attracted famous actors who wanted to perform at Reynold's business.
According to Wikipedia, some of his memorable roles include Bo 'Bandit' Darville in Smokey and the Bandit, Lewis Medlock in Deliverance, Bobby "Gator" McCluskey in White Lightning and sequel Gator, Paul Crewe and Coach Nate Scarborough in The Longest Yard and its 2005 remake respectively, J.J. McClure in The Cannonball Run, the voice of Charlie B. Barkin in All Dogs Go to Heaven, and Jack Horner in Boogie Nights.
Reynolds had some serious financial troubles and a mud-slinging divorce with Loni Anderson whom they had adopted a son together named Quinton. Reynolds was romantically linked with several famous women, but was most noted for his years with Dinah Shore as she was 20 years his senior--way before the term "cougar" became a trend.
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