Burt Reynolds, the legendary actor died on Thursday morning from cardiac arrest. He was 82.
Reynolds was born Burton Leon Reynolds Jr. on February 11, 1936; the Michigan native was the son of a police captain father.
Reynolds who won a football scholarship to Florida State until a knee injury ended his sporting prospects –landed his first role in a local production of the play Outward Bound.
He shot to fame in 1972’s Deliverance, becoming a Hollywood legend with his roles in Smokey and the Bandit, The Cannonball Run and Boogie Nights. The actor appeared in nearly 200 films throughout his lifetime.
Other memorable credits included his 1974 role as a jailed former NFL player in The Longest Yard. The movie was remade in 2005 with Reynolds starring as the team coach.
He also appeared alongside Dolly Parton in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, a 1982 comedy musical. One of his last hits, The Cannonball Run, released in 1981, starred Reynolds as an outlaw race car driver.
In his lifetime Reynolds was married twice. First to British actress Judy Carne in 1963, but they divorced two years later in 1965 –amid accusations of her over-spending and his infidelity.
Carne was born Joyce Audrey Botterill on April 27, 1939; she trained at the Pitt-Draffen Academy of Dance and was later accepted into the prestigious Bush-Davis Theatrical School for Girls in East Grinstead near London.
The British actress appeared in a number of TV shows including The Man from UNCLE, Bonanza and Alias Smith and Jones. She found fame on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.
Carne became a heroin addict and was arrested a number of times. After Reynolds she was also married to Robert Bergman in the early 70’s. She was also married to John McCook.
She was also involved in a car accident and broke her neck in the same year. Judy Carne died in Northamptonshire in September 2015.
Reynolds went on to marry American actress Loni Anderson in 1988, but that also ended bitterly in 1993. She and Reynolds starred in the film Stroker Ace together in 1983.
Loni Kaye Anderson is best known for her role as receptionist Jennifer Marlowe in the sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati, which ran from 1978 to 1982 and earned her three Golden Globe awards and two Emmy nominations.
She was born August 5, 1945 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. By the time she and Reynolds tied the knot she had been married twice before.
In 1964 right out of high school Loni married a real estate broker named Bruce Hasselberg. Their marriage only lasted two years. They had one daughter, Deidra.
She tied the knot again in 1975, this time to fellow actor, Ross Bickell. Her second marriage, to actor Ross Bickell, ended after seven years in 1981.
After her third marriage with Reynolds, she found love again in current husband Bob Flick, with whom she has been married since 2008. Bob is a founding member of the 1960s folk group The Brothers Four.
During their time together, Loni and Burt adopted a son, Quinton.
Quinton Reynolds was born in August 1988. During an interview Burt revealed his son was his greatest achievement. He added Quinton works in Hollywood as a camera assistant.