Burton Leon "Burt" Reynolds (born February 11, 1936) is an American actor, director and producer. He has starred in many roles, such as Dan August, Deliverance, The Longest Yard with its 2005 remake, and Smokey and the Bandit. He also won two Golden Globe Awards, including in Evening Shade for Best Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy and in Boogie Nights for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture.
Reynolds is the son of Burton Milo Reynolds (1906–2002), and Fern H. Reynolds (née Miller) (1902-1992), who was of English, and distant Scottish, Scots-Irish, and Dutch ancestry. Reynolds was born in Waycross, Georgia, on February 11, 1936, but in his autobiography stated that his family was living in Lansing, Michigan, when his father was drafted into the United States Army. Reynolds, his mother, and sister joined his father at Fort Leonard Wood, and lived there for two years. When Reynolds' father was sent to Europe, the family returned to Lansing. In 1946, the family moved to Riviera Beach, Florida. His father became Chief of Police of Riviera Beach, which is adjacent to the north of West Palm Beach, Florida.
During 10th grade at Palm Beach High School, Reynolds was named First Team All State and All Southern as a fullback, and received multiple scholarship offers. After graduating from Palm Beach High in West Palm Beach, Reynolds attended Florida State University on a football scholarship, and played halfback. While at Florida State, Reynolds became roommates with now notable college football broadcaster and analyst Lee Corso. Reynolds hoped to be named to All-American teams and to have a career in professional football, but he was injured in the first game of the season, and a car accident later that year worsened the injury. With his college football career over, Reynolds considered becoming a police officer, but his father suggested that he finish college and become a parole officer. To keep up with his studies, he began taking classes at Palm Beach Junior College (PBJC) in neighboring Lake Worth. In his first term at PBJC, Reynolds was in an English class taught by Watson B. Duncan III. Duncan pushed Reynolds into trying out for a play he was producing, Outward Bound. He cast Reynolds in the lead role based on having heard Reynolds read Shakespeare in class. Reynolds won the 1956 Florida State Drama Award for his performance in Outward Bound. Reynolds calls Duncan his mentor and the most influential person in his life. While at Florida State, Reynolds became a brother of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity...
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