Burt Reynolds dead: Actor’s movies and career revealed after passing

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British audiences fondly came to notice Burt Reynolds in Specsavers ads on TV, and he managed his later years with good humour and self-deprecation.

Reynolds played the role of quarterback Paul Crewe in The Longest Yard, which was a 1974 film about a former pro QB playing on a prison football team.

Whatever he did after being let go from Gunsmoke, it worked, and Reynolds went on to make nearly 200 films over the course of five decades, always with his trademark sense of humour, whether onscreen or off.

- "Worked with Burt Reynolds on a TV show once". When asked if Reynolds was awake, the man replies, "semi. he's breathing, but not answering questions". He later rose to fame during the 1970s starring "Deliverance". Nor did a relationship with sometime co-star Sally Field, whom he later called the love of his life - to her evident surprise.

From 1978 to 1982, Burt Reynolds in all his easygoing ruggedness was the undisputed king: the industry's top grossing star every year in that time for increasingly unfashionable but lucrative pictures.

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The American actor starred in many huge movies of the 1970s and beyond, includingSmokey and the Bandit and Deliverance.

Known for his self-mocking humor and action-packed roles, the mustachioed Hollywood actor starred in a string of hit films, including Cannonball Run and The Longest Yard.

During the 7-0 loss, Reynolds, who played for the Florida State University Seminoles, was beaten in coverage for the game-winning and only touchdown, which he attributed to injuries on and off the field that season. Along the way he turned down such potentially career-making roles as the ex-astronaut in Terms of Endearment, for which Jack Nicholson won an Oscar. Reynolds' last film was the aptly titled The Last Movie Star, which was directed by Adam Rifkin is now available on demand. He was a fine athlete and played football at Florida State University in the 1950s before his professional football hopes were dashed by injuries suffered in a vehicle crash. He spoke fondly of the actor during a recent interview we conducted for the release of Director's Cut from Dread Central Presents. 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 and Anderson adopted a son, Quinton Anderson Reynolds, now 30.

Reynolds was set to have a bit part in the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, but he hadn't yet shot his scenes.

Reynolds was married and divorced twice, first in the 1960s to Laugh-In comedienne Judy Carne and then to Anderson.

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