According to Todd Eisner, Burt Reynolds’ agent, Reynolds left us on Thursday at the age of 82. Burt who was one of the top actors that the industry has ever seen started his career over half a century ago.So what happened?
According to 911 records as well as Eisner, there was a call made for an ambulance form the estate in Martin County. (For now, that is all the info we have been disclosed to.)
Born in Michigan, Burt was always the charmer, and his good looks joined with his skills landed him in prominent roles in hit films such as “Smokey and the Bandit,” “Striptease,” “Boogie Nights,” and “Deliverance.” Being a talented actor and sex symbol wasn’t enough for Burt. He gave directing a shot as well and became a successful philanthropist after the creating of this Film and theater institute in Florida.
Burt has done it all, he had a vast range as an actor. From playing a Southern heartthrob to a hard as nails tough guy to a comic. One of the more notable roles that he performed in the realm of comedy is David Dilbeck in the movie Striptease. While the film didn’t do so good, bombing in theaters, Reynolds was praised by both critics and audiences for this comedic skill and dexterity.
Nonetheless, it was the 1972 thriller by John Boorman “Deliverance” that indeed submitted Reynolds as an actor with the role of Lewis Medlock, an outdoorsman. After that, there was nothing that could slow Reynolds down. Even Burt himself called it his best film by far.
According to this Burt Reynolds;
“I thought maybe this film is more significant in a lot of ways than we’ve given it credit for,” he said in an interview years later. The movie’s infamous rape scene may have helped the public — especially men — better comprehend the horrors of sexual attacks, It was the only time I saw men get up, sick, and walk out of a theater. I’ve seen women do that (before), but not men.
A little history;
Long before Burt ever come to the big screen and blew everybody away, he was living in Lansing Michigan. When he turned 5, the family moved to Florida. There he went to the Palm Beach High School and made quite the buzz as a football player. However, that career path was cut short due to a number of nasty injuries. That was quite the downfall as Reynolds had even received an athletic scholarship to the Florida State University prior to that.
Seeing that there was no place for him in the sports industry Burt went for acting. Landing small parts here and there before getting a big part in the New York City Center revival of Mister Roberts all the way back in 1957. Not only that, he was later cast in the TV series “Gunsmoke,” where he held a recurring part.
Later in 1974, we had “The Longest Yard” that gave us Reynolds as an ex-football player who was sent to prison. And before this movie deal, we got to see Burt breaking a lot of taboos of the time as two years before this movie came out Burt Reynolds posed nude for the Cosmopolitan magazine. Now you can see why he was seen as such a prominent sex symbol.
Not to say that this shot of him didn’t come with some backlash. The actor had admitted to that decision costing him an Academy Award.
While all the fame and glory had its time, years later when youth was left behind. Reynolds went through a less than present divorce with actor Loni Anderson. Going through rehab in 2009 and more.
Even though Reynolds was once one of the heights-paired actors in Hollywood, in his later years, he fell into economic problems. And while we had been seeing cameos and guest appearances by the legendary actor, we were yet to see him any significant roles in the latest productions. And now with his passing, we will never be able to see this brilliant man at work in some of his potential parts