In the early 1970s, Burt Reynolds was not only one of the most famous actors in the world, but he also had a string of hit films, including: smoky and the banditBut he was also one of Hollywood’s biggest sex symbols, and someone who posed fully nude in movie centerpieces. cosmopolitan in 1972, mainly because he thought it was a lark.
Director Adam Rifkin, who directed him in 2017, said, “He seemed to enjoy being a movie star.” The last movie star. in the documentary I’m Burt Reynoldsis currently airing on The CW, and friends and family like Loni Anderson and colleagues like Rifkin, Jon Voight, and Bruce Dern are among those close to Reynolds, who died of heart failure in Jupiter, Florida, in 2018. sharing stories.
What everyone agreed on was that Reynolds was bubbly, had a larger-than-life personality, was very, very handsome, and charmed everyone he met. Additionally, he was a great actor and was especially drawn to comedic roles.
He also had a dark side. In the documentary, his ex-wife Loni Anderson talks about his long-standing problems with prescription drug addiction and occasional tendencies toward violence. She also touches on his financial problems. He filed for bankruptcy in 1996 after being fooled by scammers and funneling his money into a series of unscrupulous investments (and becoming notoriously spendthrift).
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Below, take a look at some of the biggest reveals about Hollywood superstars. I’m Burt Reynolds.
his friends called him bud
Burt Reynolds went by his real name “Burt” when he started taking acting seriously, but his friends and family called him “Bud” while growing up in Florida. In the documentary, some of his old high school football buddies still refer to him as “Bud” or “Buddy.”
He has been popular with women since he was a teenager.
Reynolds loved women, and women continued to love him. In the documents, his high school girlfriend, Anne Scully, said: “He was an incredible kisser. He was a sweet lover. He was possessive, but it was hard to be possessed by him. It felt good,” he said. “He was never rough with women. In fact, he always put women first,” said Mary Alice Sullivan, a former high school girlfriend. His reputation as a ladies’ man continued throughout his life and career.
He was a football star before he was a movie star
Reynolds was a high school football champion in his hometown of West Palm Beach, where he was confident, incredibly popular, and was voted “Most Likely to Succeed.” He went on to play at Florida State University. “He signed with FSU because the girls outnumbered the boys 6-1,” the former coach said. However, a broken knee ruined his chances of becoming a professional, and instead he attended West Palm Beach Junior College, where he took drama classes and discovered that he loved theater. Mr. Reynolds recalled that people came to “laugh at the jock who was trying to perform,” but everyone was amazed at his natural talent. “I was good,” he said.
Early in his film career, he made spaghetti westerns in Italy
Reynolds was scouted by a theater scout and moved to New York to do theater. Although critics praised his early Broadway performances, Reynolds did not get much work in Hollywood and moved to Italy with Clint Eastwood to make spaghetti westerns. Eastwood quickly rose to fame after doing this. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Reynolds later joked that not many people had seen his own Western with a name like: Joe the Navajo.
He was funny and a big hit on late night talk shows
Before collecting big box office hits, Reynolds was a regular on the Merv Griffin and Johnny Carson show, known for his quick wit and sparkling personality.He met him during a guest hosting live. cosmopolitan Editor Helen Gurley Brown invited him to pose nude for her magazine insert. Reynolds agreed and thought it would be fun to make bold statements about the patriarchy. Moreover, he had a physical body…
He regretted doing a centerfold ad in Cosmopolitan magazine.
“If I didn’t, I would never have done centerfolds.” rescue “In the Can,” Reynolds said of the 1972 film that would eventually turn him into a bona fide movie star. Still, he worried that the centerfold would cost him praise from Hollywood.attitude playboy,” he said of the nude stunt, later saying he thought it ruined his chances of being taken truly seriously by the directors.
He was a true Floridian and a Southern boy at heart.
Although he eventually made enough money to buy a house in Palm Springs, Reynolds sold it and instead bought a 160-acre ranch in Jupiter, Florida, where he felt most at home. In the documentary, his colleagues say he was unashamedly a Southern boy, and one of his favorites defends the fact that he is Southern to his Hollywood peers. I’m paying attention to that.when smoky and the bandit It was a big hit in Los Angeles and New York when it was first released, but it hit number one when it was released in the South.
He took medication for the pain, which became a problem.
Before becoming a movie star, Reynolds was a football player and a certified stuntman, but suffered from back pain due to long-term injuries. He started taking prescription drugs. rescue Co-star Jon Voight said, “He didn’t care about that.” He battled painkiller addiction throughout most of his life, and eventually he attended a rehab facility in the late 1990s. He once told his friend, “Don’t let me end up like Elvis.”
He thought of Sally Field as “the one who got away”
Reynolds had a long-term relationship (and a short-term marriage) with ex-wife Loni Anderson, but said he felt his former co-star and lover Sally Field was the one he should marry and have children with. The lady didn’t go into detail about the reason for their breakup in the interview, only saying that she “failed” to director Adam Rifkin.
he always wanted children
Loni Anderson, who married Reynolds in 1988, said he had always wanted to be a father and was thrilled when they adopted their son, Quinton, in 1988. Although he tried his best to be a good father, Quinton admitted that he often showed affection with things and gifts rather than physical affection. According to Anderson, that stems from Reynolds’ own relationship with her stoic father. “If I wanted a hug from him, he could have killed,” Reynolds once said of his father.
He blindsided Anderson with divorce papers
Anderson said as she was about to begin filming the TV series. nurse, Reynolds invited her for a quiet weekend and some fun time with his family. As Reynolds was on his way back to Florida, he told Anderson, “You know I love you forever.” Two hours later, she was handed divorce papers. The two fought over custody of Quinton in court, but reached an amicable agreement.
He had poor financial sense and went bankrupt in 1996.
“If you made $100, you spent $100,” Anderson said of Reynolds. Reynolds, who once had a net worth of $60 million, said he liked buying lavish gifts for his friends and family. He privately owned his jet, a helicopter, several coastal properties in Florida, a ranch, his theater, and donated generously to his alma mater. His final downfall was when an investment in his chain of restaurants failed, costing him $13 million. For several years, he had to sign over his remaining film and television assets to his creditors.
Fans briefly speculated that he might have died of AIDS.
After sustaining a hairline fracture from an accidental punch on set, Reynolds developed temporomandibular joint disorder, which caused him great pain and suffering. He could not eat and suffered from depression as a result. He had weekly painful dental treatments to fix his problems, during which time he lost so much weight that he looked haggard, similar to his colleague Rock Hudson, who nearly died of AIDS. Ta. Rumors abounded that Reynolds was suffering the same fate.
He was hoping to win an Oscar for “Boogie Nights.”
Reynolds repeatedly turned down the role of directing a porn star in the drama, but the film’s writer and director, Paul Thomas Anderson, convinced him that he could win an Academy Award for the film. Reynolds needed the money, too, and ultimately agreed. It was his comeback and actually earned him a nomination for Best Supporting Actor. However, he lost to Robin Williams, and Williams won. Good Will Hunting. The sense of loss haunted him. When asked in an interview what he thought God would say when he entered heaven, Reynolds smiled and replied, “He should have won.”