Savannah man blocked fists, lovesick fans for Burt Reynolds


Reynolds had a striking resemblance to a young Marlon Brando, but in his early years had trouble retaining work - something he had in common with Clint Eastwood.

The former high school and college athlete plays a washed-up football star in this 1974 film, which pits prisoners in a football game against their guards.

Reynolds, whose career spanned six decades, earned a Golden Globe, Oscar nomination and several critics' awards for his portrayal of porn director Jack Horner in the 1997 film "Boogie Nights". Reynolds amassed his wealth from his long career in film and television. He rebounded in 1997 with a nomination for a best supporting actor Oscar for Boogie Nights and won an Emmy Award for his role in the 1990-1994 TV series Evening Shade. When asked if Reynolds was awake, the man replies, "semi. he's breathing, but not answering questions".

Despite calling it quits in 1982, Reynolds revealed in 2015 that Field was "the love of his life" and that he still missed her "terribly".

The legendary actor, who died at age 82, was a friend to many in Hollywood.

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While the original Longest Yard was Reynolds' most famous sports role, it wasn't his last.

Burton Leon Reynolds Jr. was born on February 11, 1936, and grew up in Florida. The star went on to appear in almost 200 films throughout his lifetime.

Born in Lansing, Michigan and raised in Florida, he was an all-Southern Conference running back at Florida State University in the 1950s. Reynolds' niece Nancy Lee Hess released a statement saying that the actor had been dealing with health issues, but his death was still unexpected. "When you crash and burn, you have to pick yourself up and go on and hope to make up for it", Reynolds told USA TODAY in an interview in March. From there, Reynolds appeared on Broadway but also started notching up guest roles on TV series such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Twilight Zone, from which he graduated to starring roles in shows including Gunsmoke (where he played a Native American for three years) Hawk and Dan August. In fact, the role of the former Astronaut in Terms of Endearment was specifically written for Reynolds but he passed it over to do the race vehicle film, Stroker Ace.

Reynolds came to stardom in Deliverance and Smokey and the Bandit in the 1970s, and was still making movies more than 40 years later.

Reynolds Wednesday Anderson in 1988. He leaves behind a son, Quinton, whom he'd adopted with his ex-wife, WKRP in Cincinnati actress Loni Anderson.