He created the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre, a non-profit dedicated to involving the community in all aspects of the arts and preserving Reynolds' legacy for generations to come. Known for his easy grin and handsome looks, his movie work took a leap with 1971's Deliverance, with the controversial drama rocketing him to a period of major stardom in the 1970s and "80s".
In 1998, Reynolds scored his sole Oscar nomination for best supporting actor after his portrayal of a porn film producer in the film "Boogie Nights", despite his dislike of the film and its apparent glorification of the porn industry.
After appearing in several plays, Reynolds began booking TV roles, and soon broke through with his role in the 1972 thriller "Deliverance". "By the time I finally woke up and tried to get it right, nobody would give me a chance".
A running back, he put his sporting experience to use on the screen in the films The Longest Yard (AKA The Mean Machine) (1974) and Semi-Tough (1977), as well as the sitcom Evening Shade.
Smith's most memorable Reynolds reference was in Mallrats, when T.S. and Brodie talk with Alyssa Jones about a party during which Alyssa had sex with Clerks baddie Rick Derris on a pool table, while Rick and Alyssa were dressed as Smokey and The Bandit.
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The Academy Award-nominated actor died at a hospital in Jupiter, Florida, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In March, he said on the "Today" show that ex-girlfriend Sally Field, who was also his co-star in "Smokey and the Bandit", was the love of his life.
"I didn't open myself to new writers or risky parts because I wasn't interested in challenging myself as an actor".
Reynolds was married to actresses Judy Carne from 1963 to 1965 and Loni Anderson from 1988 to 1993. "He showed the way to transition from being an athlete to being the highest paid actor, and he always inspired me". Reynolds had mixed feelings about the film in spite of the acclaim.
Two of Reynold's own "Bandit" Pontiac Trans-Ams have crossed the auction block over the years.