Dolly shared a photo of herself and Burt on the set of the 1982 film The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas to her social media, penning a touching note to her late friend.
We really did lose a piece of our past with his passing
Reynolds was born Burton Leon Reynolds Junior in Lansing, Michigan on February 11th, 1936. His family moved to Florida, where he attended Florida State University and was a star halfback before a knee injury ended his chances of playing pro football. Reynolds left school and headed to New York City to act, supporting himself as a dishwasher and bouncer while doing small stage roles. Then in 1957, an agent spotted him in a production of Mister Roberts and signed him to a TV contract.
Reynolds spent years working on TV, with regular roles on Riverboat, Gunsmoke, Hawk and Dan August. His big film break came as an adventurer in the 1972 thriller Deliverance, which made him a superstar. The tough-guy parts kept coming in a string of films that included 1973’s Shamusand White Lightning, 1974’s The Longest Yard, 1976’s Gator and the 1977 smash-hit comedy Smokey and the Bandit. He closed out the '70s as one of America’s top stars with the 1977 football comedy Semi-Tough, the 1978 black comedy The End and the 1978 stunt-man comedy Hooper.
The '80s were leaner times for Reynolds. They started off strong in 1981 with the cop thrillerSharky's Machine and the campy comedy The Cannonball Run, but fell off with such ill-received films as 1983’s Stroker Ace, 1984’s City Heat and 1985’s Stick. In the '90s Reynolds made a move back to TV and achieved some success with the shows BL Stryker and Evening Shade.
Reynolds made his film comeback in the late '90s, as a drunken politician in 1996’s Striptease and as a porn producer in 1997’s Boogie Nights, which earned him an Oscar nomination. He would continue to do small film and TV roles over the next decade but never again achieved leading-man status.
Off-screen, Reynolds was famous for his longtime relationships with high-profile ladies, including Dinah Shore, Sally Field and Loni Anderson. He’s survived by his adopted son Quinton (with Loni Anderson).