He was nominated for an Oscar for his supporting role in "Boogie Nights".
During the '70s, he was a top box office draw and Hollywood heartthrob, famously appearing nude on a bearskin rug in a 1972 issue of Cosmo magazine. His later years were a mix of smaller roles in films and a return to guest shots on TV series, some such as animated spy spoof Archer playing on Reynolds' own past glories.
He was expected to be in Tarantino's 2019 movie "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood", according to movie and television information website IMDb.
He played Lewis Medlock, one of four friends who canoe down a river in the Georgia wilderness and run into some locals who savagely attack them. Reynolds also won plaudits for his role on the 1990s television sitcom, Evening Shade.
Reynolds' movie Defining Moments is slated for release in December 2018.
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While some of his performances were critically praised, others were ridiculed, particularly in the bloated action comedy Cannonball Run II, a sequel to his financial success The Cannonball Run (1981).
He solidified his position as a rising film star with 1974 prison football drama The Longest Yard.
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Reynolds was once turned down for a film in 1957 because he looked too much like Marlon Brando.
The actor was considered box office gold in the 1970s and early 80s with such hits as Smokey and the Bandit, Starting Over and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, films that were popular at the box office and often less popular with critics.
"I took the part that was the most fun..."
Burt was born Burton Leon Reynolds Junior on February 11, 1936 in Lansing, Michigan, although he grew up in Florida. He attended Florida State University for two years on a football scholarship, but his sports career was derailed by a knee injury sustained in a auto accident. 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 auto film, Stroker Ace.
He dropped out of college and drifted to NY, where he worked as a dockhand, dance-hall bouncer, bodyguard and dish washer before returning to Florida in 1957 and enrolling in acting classes.
Wesley Snipes tweeted a photo of Reynolds with the caption, "I will never forget our dinners, laughs & gems you dropped".
Speaking to The Guardian in 2015, Reynolds said he had still never seen the entire film and that he "hates" the movie.