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Burt Reynolds

Highest Rated:   98% The Player (1992)
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Birthplace:   Waycross, Georgia, USA
Charming, handsome, and easy-going, lead actor and megastar Burt Reynolds entered the world on February 11, 1936. He attended Florida State University on a football scholarship, and became an all-star Southern Conference halfback, but - faced with a knee injury and a debilitating car accident - switched gears from athletics to college drama. In 1955, he dropped out of college and traveled to New York, in search of stage work, but only turned up occasional bit parts on television, and for two years he had to support himself as a dishwasher and bouncer.In 1957, Reynolds's ship came in when he appeared in a New York City Center revival of Mister Roberts; shortly thereafter, he signed a television contract. He sustained regular roles in the series Riverboat, Gunsmoke, Hawk, and Dan August. Although he appeared in numerous films in the 1960s, he failed to make a significant impression. In the early '70s, his popularity began to increase, in part due to his witty appearances on daytime TV talk shows. His breakthrough film, Deliverance (1972), established him as both a screen icon and formidable actor. That same year, Reynolds became a major sex symbol when he posed as the first nude male centerfold in the April edition of Cosmopolitan. He went on to become the biggest box-office attraction in America for several years - the centerpiece of films such as Hustle (1975), Smokey and the Bandit (1977) (as well as its two sequels), The End (1978), Starting Over (1979), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982), and The Man Who Loved Women (1983). However, by the mid-'80s, his heyday ended, largely thanks to his propensity for making dumb-dumb bumper-smashing road comedies with guy pals such as Hal Needham (Stroker Ace, The Cannonball Run 2). Reynolds's later cinematic efforts (such as the dismal Malone (1987)) failed to generate any box office sizzle, aside from a sweet and low-key turn as an aging career criminal in Bill Forsyth's Breaking In (1989). Taking this as a cue, Reynolds transitioned to the small screen, and starred in the popular sitcom Evening Shade, for which he won an Emmy. He also directed several films, created the hit Win, Lose or Draw game show with friend Bert Convy, and established the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theater in Florida. In the mid-'90s, Reynolds ignited a comeback that began with his role as a drunken, right-wing congressman in Andrew Bergman's Striptease (1996). Although the film itself suffered from critical pans and bombed out at the box office, the actor won raves for his performance, with many critics citing his comic interpretation of the role as one of the film's key strengths. His luck continued the following year, when Paul Thomas Anderson cast him as porn director Jack Horner in his acclaimed Boogie Nights. Reynolds would go on to earn a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination, and between the twin triumphs of Striptease and Nights, critics read the resurgence as the beginning of a second wind in the Deliverance star's career, ala John Travolta's turnaround in 1994's Pulp Fiction. But all was not completely well chez Burt. A nasty conflict marred his interaction with Paul Thomas Anderson just prior to the release of Boogie Nights. It began with Reynolds's disastrous private screening of Nights; he purportedly loathed the picture so much that he phoned his agent after the screening and fired him. When the Anderson film hit cinemas and became a success d'estime, Reynolds rewrote his opinion of the film and agreed to follow Anderson on a tour endorsing the effort, but Reynolds understandably grew peeved when Anderson refused to let him speak publicly. Reynolds grew so infuriated, in fact, that he refused to play a role in Anderson's tertiary cinematic effort, 1999's Magnolia. Reynolds's went on to appear in a big screen adatpation of The Dukes of Hazzard as Boss Hogg, and later returned to drama with a supporting performance in the musical drama Broken Bridges; a low-key tale of a fading country music star

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Apple of My Eye
  • Charlie
2017
No Score Yet Pocket Listing
  • Ron Glass
2016
No Score Yet The Bandit
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Apple of My Eye
  • Charlie
2016
No Score Yet Hollow Creek
  • Seagrass Lambert
2015
No Score Yet A Magic Christmas
  • Buster
2014
No Score Yet Category 5
  • Pops
2014
No Score Yet Hamlet & Hutch
  • Papa Hutch
2014
97% Paul Williams Still Alive
  • Actor
$38.1k 2012
No Score Yet Reel Love
  • Wade Whitman
2011
No Score Yet A Bunch of Amateurs
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Not Another Not Another Movie
  • C.J. Waters
2009
No Score Yet According to Dom
  • Actor
2009
12% Delgo
  • Delgo's Father
$0.6M 2008
3% Deal
  • Tommy Vinson
2008
No Score Yet Rona Barrett's Hollywood: Nothing but the Truth
  • Actor
2008
56% Randy and the Mob
  • Elmore Culpepper
2007
No Score Yet Celebrity Rides: Burt Reynolds: Burt Builds a Bandit
  • Actor
2007
4% In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
  • King Konreid
$4.5M 2006
No Score Yet Forget About It
  • Sam LeFleur
2006
5% Broken Bridges
  • Jake Delton
$0.3M 2006
No Score Yet End Game
  • General Montgomery
2006
82% Cloud 9
  • Billy Cole
2006
No Score Yet Grilled
  • Cookie Goldbluth
2006
No Score Yet Legend of Frosty the Snowman
  • Actor
2005
14% The Dukes of Hazzard
  • Boss Hogg
$80.3M 2005
31% The Longest Yard
  • Coach Nate Scarborough
$157.9M 2005
No Score Yet Gumball 3000: 6 Days in May
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Snapshots
  • Larry Goldberg
2004
14% Without a Paddle
  • Del Knox
$58.2M 2004
38% Hotel
  • The Flamenco Manager
2003
No Score Yet Hard Ground
  • John McKay
2003
No Score Yet Hotel
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Gumball 3000: The Movie
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Miss Lettie and Me
  • Samuel Madison
2002
No Score Yet The Hollywood Sign
  • Kage Mulligan
2002
No Score Yet Johnson County War
  • Hunt Lawton
2002
No Score Yet Time of the Wolf
  • Archie MacGregor
2002
No Score Yet The Last Producer
  • Director
  • Sonny Wexler
2002
No Score Yet Strike Force
  • Irish
2001
No Score Yet Waterproof
  • Eli Zeal
2001
No Score Yet The Hunter's Moon
  • Clayton Samuels
2001
14% Driven
  • Carl Henry
2001
No Score Yet Tempted
  • Charlie Le Blanc
2001
No Score Yet Founding Fathers
  • Actor
2000
20% The Crew
  • Joey `Bats' Pistella
$12.5M 2000
No Score Yet The Final Hit
  • Director
  • Sonny Wexler
2000
No Score Yet Hostage Hotel
  • Logan McQueen
1999
38% Mystery, Alaska
  • Judge Walter Burns
1999
No Score Yet Big City Blues
  • Connor
1999
No Score Yet The Premonition
  • Logan McQueen
1999
90% Pups
  • Daniel Bender
1999
No Score Yet Hard Time
  • Director
  • Logan McQueenDet. Logan McQueen
1998
0% Universal Soldier II: Brothers in Arms
  • Mentor
1998
No Score Yet Crazy Six
  • Dakota
1998
20% Universal Soldier III: Unfinished Business
  • Mentor
1998
42% Bean
  • Gen. Newton
1997
92% Boogie Nights
  • Jack Horner
1997
14% Meet Wally Sparks
  • Lenny Spencer
1997
No Score Yet Raven
  • Raven
1997
No Score Yet Hunter's Moon
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet The Cherokee Kid
  • Otter Bob
1996
80% Citizen Ruth
  • Blaine Gibbons
1996
17% Mad Dog Time
  • "Wacky" Jacky Jackson
1996
No Score Yet Frankenstein and Me
  • Les Williams
1996
No Score Yet The Maddening
  • Roy Scudder
1995
No Score Yet The Man from Left Field
  • Director
  • Jack Robinson
1993
17% Cop & 1/2
  • Nick McKenna
1993
No Score Yet The Man Upstairs
  • Executive Producer
1993
98% The Player
  • Himself
1992
No Score Yet Smithsonian's Great Battles of the Civil War, Vol. 1
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Modern Love
  • Col. Parker
1990
89% Breaking In
  • Ernie Mullins
1989
22% Physical Evidence
  • Joe Paris
1989
50% All Dogs Go To Heaven
  • Charlie
1989
56% Switching Channels
  • John L. Sullivan IV
1988
18% Rent-A-Cop
  • Tony Church
1988
No Score Yet Spencer Tracy Legacy
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Malone
  • Malone
1987
No Score Yet Heat
  • Nick Escalante
1986
No Score Yet Uphill All the Way
  • Poker Player
1986
No Score Yet Shattered: If Your Kid's on Drugs
  • Actor
1986
33% Stick
  • Stick
  • Director
1985
21% City Heat
  • Mike Murphy
1984
13% Cannonball Run II
  • J.J. McClure
1984
36% The Man Who Loved Women
  • David Fowler
1983
20% Smokey and the Bandit Part 3
  • The Real Bandit
1983
14% Stroker Ace
  • Stroker Ace
1983
50% Best Friends
  • Richard Babson
1982
56% The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
  • Sheriff
1982
93% Sharky's Machine
  • Sgt. Tom Sharky
  • Director
1981
No Score Yet Paternity
  • Buddy Evans
1981
30% The Cannonball Run
  • J.J. McClure
1981
20% Smokey and the Bandit II
  • Bandit
1980
No Score Yet Rough Cut
  • Jack Rhodes
1980
No Score Yet Starting Over
  • Phil Potter
1979
67% Hooper
  • Producer
  • Sonny Hooper
1978
88% Semi-Tough
  • Billy Clyde Puckett
1977
81% Smokey and the Bandit
  • The Bandit
1977
14% Nickelodeon
  • Buck Greenway
1976
81% Silent Movie
  • Himself
1976
0% Gator
  • Director
  • Gator McKlusky
1976
No Score Yet Lucky Lady
  • Walker
1975
67% Hustle
  • Executive Producer
  • Lieutenant Phil Gaines
1975
No Score Yet W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings
  • W.W. Bright
1975
17% At Long Last Love
  • Michael Oliver Pritchard III
1975
81% The Longest Yard
  • Paul Crewe
1974
83% White Lightning
  • Gator McKlusky
1973
No Score Yet The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing
  • Jay Grobart
1973
43% Shamus
  • McCoy
1973
89% Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask
  • Switchboard
1972
93% Deliverance
  • Lewis Medlock
1972
No Score Yet Fuzz
  • Detective Steve Carella
1972
No Score Yet Run, Simon, Run
  • Simon Zuniga
1970
No Score Yet Caine (Man Eater)(Shark)
  • Caine
1970
No Score Yet Hunters Are for Killing
  • Actor
1970
No Score Yet Sam Whiskey
  • Sam Whiskey
1969
No Score Yet 100 Rifles
  • Yaqui Joe Herrera
1969
No Score Yet Impasse
  • Pat Morrison
1969
No Score Yet Fade In
  • Rob
1968
No Score Yet Operation CIA
  • Mark Andrews, CIA
1965
No Score Yet Navajo Joe
  • Navajo Joe
1965
No Score Yet Angel Baby
  • Hoke Adams
1961
No Score Yet Armored Command
  • Skee
1961
No Score Yet Riverboat
  • Actor
1959

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2015
96% Archer
2009
  • Voice
  • Actor
  • 2012
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
2005
  • Voice
  • 2012
  • 2011
88% Burn Notice
2007-2013
  • Paul Anderson
  • 2010
No Score Yet Robot Chicken
2005-2016
  • Voice
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2004
No Score Yet The X-Files
1993-2016
  • Mr. Burt
  • 2002
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 1980
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Rocky Rhodes
  • 1963
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013
  • Guest

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