Burt Reynolds

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Burt Reynolds was born on February 11, 1936 in Waycross, Georgia. He is a well-known director, actor and voice artist. After a car accident ended his football career, Reynolds considered becoming a police officer. However, while studying in Palm Beach Junior College, he was encouraged by Watson B. Duncan III to star in the lead role in a play called ‘Outward Bound’ and Reynolds went on to win the Florida State Drama Award in 1956 for his role in this play. He was then spotted during a New York City production – “Mister Roberts” and was eventually signed for a Television contract, which earned him recurring roles in shows like ‘Gunsmoke’ and ‘Riverboat’ and his own series called ‘Hawk’ in 1966. Reynolds continued to feature in western roles until he became a big star in the 1970s, when he starred in the horror movie, ‘Deliverance’ (1972). Some of his other distinguished films include ‘Smokey and the Bandit’, ‘White Lightning’, ‘All Dogs Go To Heaven’, ‘The Longest Yard’ and ‘Boogie Nights’. Off-screen, Reynolds was married to Judy Carne between 1963 and 1965 and actress Loni Anderson between 1988 and 1993. Burt Reynolds is known for wearing the cologne Gendarme.