Burton Leon Reynolds Jr. was an American actor, director, and producer of film and television. His breakthrough role was as Lewis Medlock in Deliverance. He was nominated twice for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. He died of a heart attack at the age of 80.
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Burton Leon Reynolds Jr. was an American actor, director, and producer of film and television. Reynolds first rose to prominence when he starred in several different television series such as Gunsmoke, Hawk, and Dan August. His breakthrough role was as Lewis Medlock in Deliverance. He was nominated twice for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. Reynolds was voted the world’s number one box office star for five consecutive years in the annual Top Ten Money Making Stars Poll, a record he shares with Bing Crosby. After a number of box office failures, Reynolds returned to television, starring in the sitcom Evening Shade. His performance as high-minded pornographer Jack Horner in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights brought him renewed critical attention, earning him another Golden Globe. Reynolds made his Broadway debut in We’ve Come Through Through the Neighborhood in New York City. He died of a heart attack at the age of 80. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, and a son. He also has a daughter, Victoria, who was born in Florida and has a son, Burton Leon Reynolds III, who is also an actor. Reynolds died of cancer at age 81. He had a son and a daughter with his second wife, Victoria Reynolds, who died in 2012. He has a step-son, Michael Reynolds, and an step-daughter, Jennifer Reynolds, with whom he has two sons, Michael and Michael Reynolds Jr., and a grandson, Michael Michael Reynolds III.
Reynolds also has two step-children, David Reynolds, Jr. and Jennifer Reynolds-Reynolds, who are both actors. Reynolds has three step-granddaughters, Jennifer, Jennifer and Emily Reynolds, both of whom are also actors. His son, Michael, is also a producer and has directed several films, including The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Cannonball Run II. Reynolds is the grandfather of actress Amy Adams, who starred in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part II and The Dark Knight Rises. Reynolds’ son Michael starred in the film version of The Longest Yard, starring as a lovable rogue, and later in The Godfather of Dogtown. His daughter, Emily, appeared in the movie version of Forrest Gump, playing the lead role of the titular character. In his autobiography, he referred to his mentor and the most influential person in his life, Watson B. Duncan III, as his mentor, and referred to Duncan as his friend and mentor as well as his best friend. He won a Florida State Drama Award for his performance in Hyde Park Playhouse in 1956. He attended Florida State University on a football scholarship and played halfback. He injured his knee in the first game of his sophomore season and later that year lost his spleen and injured his other knee in a bad car accident. After being beaten in coverage for the game-winning touchdown in a 7–0 loss to North Carolina State on October 12, 1957, he decided to give up football.