Burt Reynolds is an Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner. He has enjoyed enormous success as an actor and director in feature films, television and stage productions. In addition to receiving an Oscar nomination and winning the Golden Globe Award for Boogie Nights (1997), Reynolds was honored by The New York Film Critics, The Los Angeles Film Critics, The Chicago Film Critics and The National Society of Film Critics with Best Supporting Actor awards for his memorable role in that film.
Some of his more recent film works include Not Another Not Another Movie (2011), CMT’s Reel Love (2011) opposite LeAnn Rimes and Shawn Roberts, The Longest Yard (2005) with Adam Sandler and Chris Rock, The Dukes of Hazzard (2005), End Game (2006) with Cuba Gooding, Jr., Forget About It (2006), Cloud Nine (2006) and Grilled (2006).
His feature films include Driven (2001), The Crew (2000), Mystery, Alaska (1999), Without a Paddle (2004), Striptease (1996), Citizen Ruth (1996), Bean (1997), Cop and a Half (1993), DELIVERANCE (1972), Starting Over (1979), White Lightning (1973), The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing (1973), Hustle (1975), Semi-Tough (1977), Hooper (1978), Stroker Ace (1983), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982), The Longest Yard (1974), Smokey and the Bandit (1977), Sharky’s Machine (1981), Gator (1976), The End (1978) and The Final Hit (2000). He also directed the last four films. Others are Tempted (2001), Snapshots (2002), Hotel (2001), directed by Mike Figgis, and Time of the Wolf (2002). The 4-hour mini-series Johnson County War aired on the Hallmark Channel, receiving huge ratings, and Hallmark’s Hard Ground aired July 2003, breaking Hallmark’s record, coming in as the most watched movie of the night.
For television, Reynolds has enjoyed an auspicious career as an actor, director and producer. Among his finest endeavors in this medium is the hit series Evening Shade (as star, executive producer and, more often than not, director). For this series he won his ninth People’s Choice Award as Favorite Male Performer in a New Television Series, the 1991 Emmy Award for Best Performance in a Comedy and the Golden Globe Award for the same category. His additional television credits include Riverboat, Gunsmoke, Hawk, Dan August and B.L. Stryker. Additionally, he hosted a series of specials titled Burt Reynolds’ Conversation With. He also starred in, directed and produced the CBS television movie The Man from Left Field (1993). He also directed and starred in Turner Network Television’s most ambitious project, Hard Time, a 6-hour movie thriller trilogy.
Reynolds made his Broadway debut in Look, We’ve Come Through with director Jose Quintero. In addition, he has directed eight productions, and starred in two, at the Jupiter Theatre, which he founded in Jupiter, Florida. He also appears in his one-man show titled An Evening with Burt Reynolds.
His numerous achievements have been recognized by being named America’s Favorite All Around Motion Picture Actor (People’s Choice Award) for a record six consecutive years; the Most Popular Star for five years running; Star of the Year (National Association of Theatre Owners); and # 1 Box Office Star for five years in a row, still an unmatched record.
Burt Reynolds’ commitment to his profession and devotion to education can perhaps be best exemplified by the program he created to give college students scholastic credit and wages for their work while obtaining an education at the Burt Reynolds Institute for Theatre (B.R.I.T.), located in Tequesta, Florida. Reynolds created a chair at Florida State University by donating generous endowments as well as Asolo Theatre in Sarasota, Florida.
His autobiography My Life reached the New York Times Best Seller List just after publication, and he received the prestigious “Children at Heart Award” for his humanitarian efforts benefiting and aiding the children of Chernobyl.