Idols The irresistible roguish charm of Burt Reynolds Published 3 years ago on August 2, 2016 Darkly handsome and possessing an irresistible roguish charm, Burt Reynolds rocketed to superstardom in the 70s and early 80s, starring in Smokey and the Bandit (1975), Starting Over (1979), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982), and Cannonball Run (1981). While not exactly thought-provoking cinema, the films were good fun, and Reynolds proved wildly popular with the masses, winning the People’s Choice Awards for “Favorite All Around Motion Picture Actor” six years in a row. Notably, Reynold’s first love was not acting but football. Born in Waycross, Georgia, on February 11, 1936, Reynolds attended Florida State University on an athletic scholarship and was drafted by the Baltimore Colts. On-field injuries and a career-ending car accident triggered the switch from sports to stage. In 1955 Reynolds dropped out of school and moved to New York City, supporting himself as a bouncer and dishwasher while he auditioned. Reynolds’s first break came in a 1957 revival of Mister Roberts. TV appearances on Riverboat, Gunsmoke, Hawk, and Dan August followed, but his film work in the 60s drew little notice, and it was not until Deliverance (1972) that critics and fans transformed the ex-jock into a sex symbol and star. In April of that same year, Reynolds became Cosmopolitan Magazine’s first male nude centerfold. At times, however, the actor has been in the spotlight for his personal life more than for his acting. This was certainly the case in 1993, when his acrimonious split with his wife, actress Loni Anderson, hit the tabloids. By the late 80s and 90s, Reynolds was still popular but no longer a superstar. His work on the TV series Night Shade won him an Emmy, and he was directing films and had started ventures, such as The Burt Reynolds Dinner Theaters in Florida. In Boogie Nights (1997) Reynold’s portrayal of a porn film producer, opposite buff up-and-comer Mark Wahlberg, was nothing short of a revelation. The role surprised old fans and won him new admirers as well, and, at year’s end, garnered him a Golden Globe win for Best Supporting Actor and an Oscar® nomination for the same category. One year earlier, his work in Striptease (1996) had also been hailed as one of few bright spots in an otherwise disappointing film. There have been moderate successes of late: Mystery, Alaska (2000) and an appearance in Driven (2001), but there were plenty of straight-to-video missteps during the decade. Reynolds is still acting as much as ever, even appearing in a remake of The Longest Yard in 2005 and recent sitcom Hitting The Breaks. He looks increasingly frail these days, he is 80, but the twinkle is still there. Burt ReynoldsDan AugustGunsmoke Advertisement advertisement and this just in TV15 hours ago This Is Personal: The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper (ITV 2000, Alun Armstrong, Richard Ridings) Period crime drama serial. The story behind Assistant Chief Constable George Oldfield’s tracking down of the evil incarnate that is... TV15 hours ago The Comedy Trail: A Shaggy Dog Story (BBC-1 1999, Ronnie Barker, Victoria Wood) A five minute trailer made by the BBC to celebrate their comedy output, with over 40 of the biggest names... TV15 hours ago The Frost Report (BBC-1 1966, David Frost, John Cleese) Sketch based series hosted by David Frost and broadcast live. Each episode looked at a different topic including the famous... TV15 hours ago Broaden Your Mind (BBC-2 1968, Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor) Sketch series tackling many different subjects and billing itself as an Encyclopedia of the Air. The big name writers on... TV15 hours ago Monroe (ITV1 2011, James Nesbitt, Sarah Parish) Medical drama series Monroe (which comes from the pen of the always excellent Peter Bowker) follows neuro surgeon Gabriel Monroe... search EPISODES Episodes2 days ago Paradise Hotel: Episode 7 airs Thurs 23 May 2019 on FOX Kristin Cavallari hosts the innovative unscripted dating competition series, in which sexy singles try to remain in paradise for as... Episodes2 days ago Little Women: Collabing with the Enemy (S5EP9 Lifetime Thurs 23 May 2019) Collabing with the Enemy: After Bri is betrayed by Emily, she decides to get revenge by reaching out to the... Episodes2 days ago Little Women: LA – Hen Party Fiasco (S8EP8 Lifetime Thurs 23 May 2019) Hen Party Fiasco: Elena is left speechless when the girls question her children’s book; the hen party is on the... advertisement MOVIES Movies2 months ago Dumbo | 2019 | Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans... Movies2 months ago The Man Who Killed Don Quixote | 2018 | Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce Toby, a cynical advertising director finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker who believes himself... Movies2 months ago Triple Frontier | 2019 | Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Struggling to make ends meet, former special ops soldiers reunite for a high-stakes heist: stealing $75 million from a South... mytvtonight mytvtonight devoted to all things film and tv.