How Burt Reynolds became famous for his mustache and sex appeal became the leading man in Hollywood

Burt Reynolds, pictured in March 2016 at the premiere of & # 39; The Bandit & # 39; during the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas

With his mustached swagger, muscular physique and sparkling eyes, no one could match Burt Reynolds for his sexually rugged appeal.

Reynolds, who died of a heart attack at the age of 82 after a long period of ill health, embodied the permissive customs of the pre-AIDS era.

He came out with the most dazzling beauties, including Farrah Fawcett, Faye Dunaway, Sarah Miles, tennis star Chris Evert, Kim Basinger and Sally Field, whom he described as the "love of my life".

According to legend, the only woman who rejected him was JFK's widow, Jackie.

Burt Reynolds, pictured in March 2016 at the premiere of & # 39; The Bandit & # 39; during the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas

Burt Reynolds, pictured in March 2016 at the premiere of & # 39; The Bandit & # 39; during the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas

Burt Reynolds appears in Boogie Nights with a young Mark Wahlberg. He played a porn producer and was nominated for an Oscar

Burt Reynolds appears in Boogie Nights with a young Mark Wahlberg. He played a porn producer and was nominated for an Oscar

Burt Reynolds appears in Boogie Nights with a young Mark Wahlberg. He played a porn producer and was nominated for an Oscar

Burt Reynolds came out with the most dazzling beauties, including Farrah Fawcett, Faye Dunaway, Sarah Miles, tennis star Chris Evert, Kim Basinger and Sally Field

Burt Reynolds came out with the most dazzling beauties, including Farrah Fawcett, Faye Dunaway, Sarah Miles, tennis star Chris Evert, Kim Basinger and Sally Field

Burt Reynolds came out with the most dazzling beauties, including Farrah Fawcett, Faye Dunaway, Sarah Miles, tennis star Chris Evert, Kim Basinger and Sally Field

Burt Reynolds in Navajo Joe, in his later years, went bankrupt and sick, he continued working without problems. He released a memoir in 2015 and a swan biopic, The Last Movie Star, earlier this year

Burt Reynolds in Navajo Joe, in his later years, went bankrupt and sick, he continued working without problems. He released a memoir in 2015 and a swan biopic, The Last Movie Star, earlier this year

Burt Reynolds in Navajo Joe, in his later years, went bankrupt and sick, he continued working without problems. He released a memoir in 2015 and a swan biopic, The Last Movie Star, earlier this year

His carefree and carefree personality helped him become one of the most famous and best-paid men in the world of entertainment, and his status as the world's first sex symbol was consolidated by a simple central page in Cosmopolitan in 1972.

A publication first, it was so tremendously popular that the subject was sold and had to be reprinted. Around 1.5 million copies were taken.

However, Reynolds came to regret it as he feared that the ballyhoo on his bristly frame would cost the Liberation film the recognition it deserved. Jon Boorman's film about a disastrous canoe expedition into the forests of Georgia, notorious for its ten-minute male rape scene, lost to The Godfather for Oscar's best film.

In his last years, ruined and sick, he continued working without problems. He released a memoir in 2015 and a bio-swan movie, The Last Movie Star, earlier this year.

He will also appear in Quentin Tarantino's upcoming film, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, about the assassinations of Charles Manson, such as George Spahn, who rented his ranch for the "Manson Family."

"It's not easy for us, the movie stars," he said in February of this year. & # 39; There are all roses and lollipops & # 39; That's true. His beloved house in Florida was sold by the bank, and much of his iconography was flogged, too, to cover his debts.

The famous Pontiac Trans-Am car from the famous 1977 film Smokey And The Bandit, along with its two Golden Globes, were sold at an auction in 2014, along with the car used in The Cannonball Run last summer.

He had a quadruple cardiac bypass, overcame the addiction to sleeping pills and painkillers, and endured pneumonia and plastic surgery in later life that ruined that robust appearance.

Burt Reynolds with his wife at that time Loni Anderson. He fell in love with Loni Anderson, an apple-cheek from Minnesota. They met on the 1983 set of the stock movie Stroker Ace, a box office disaster that set the tone for marriage.

Burt Reynolds with his wife at that time Loni Anderson. He fell in love with Loni Anderson, an apple-cheek from Minnesota. They met on the 1983 set of the stock movie Stroker Ace, a box office disaster that set the tone for marriage.

Burt Reynolds with his wife at that time Loni Anderson. He fell in love with Loni Anderson, an apple-cheek from Minnesota. They met on the 1983 set of the stock movie Stroker Ace, a box office disaster that set the tone for marriage.

He was also affected by divorce, debts and legal disputes.

Neighbors in Jupiter, Florida, where he was considered virtually royalty, said that in his later years Reynolds had been increasingly confined to his home.

He used to go to lunch almost daily at Jetty's oceanfront restaurant, wearing his Rolex gold watch and signet ring, and his characteristic black cowboy boots. Each head would turn when he arrived.

("May God forgive me," he once said, "but I love the attention of people.") Two years ago, he was well enough to organize a big party his 80th birthday: a sentimental dinner with Western themes for 50 people. For the most part, he lived very calmly with his pit bull, Precious, and a caretaker.

In fact, in recent months he had become almost an inmate.

"You would not know I still lived here," a neighbor said last year. & # 39; I have not seen it in weeks. It just does not come out. "

However, his girlfriend, Rhonda Stearns, 66, made regular visits.

They met when she took the local acting class she taught on Friday nights on Jupiter.

Burt Reynolds, on the right, pinches the cheeks of comedian Dom Deluise during a roast at Reynolds in Atlanta

Burt Reynolds, on the right, pinches the cheeks of comedian Dom Deluise during a roast at Reynolds in Atlanta

Burt Reynolds, on the right, pinches the cheeks of comedian Dom Deluise during a roast at Reynolds in Atlanta

It was clear that he had lost a lot of weight. A close friend, Donna Carbone, said of her diminished appearance: "She is suffering a lot, she has told me that she can remember her films because of the injuries she suffered while doing her own stunts, they have charged a price on her body and now she is paying. "

A serious wound was sustained when firing river rapids for the film Liberation. He fell from his canoe and broke his coccyx on the rocks.

"A 35-year-old guy who was in good shape approached the waterfall," he said. "The crew looked like half a mile down the river and this 80-year-old naked man was coming back."

During a fight scene in the 1984 thriller City Heat, he was hit in the face with a metal chair, instead of the balsa wood prop, breaking his jaw.

It was this that led to a dependence on sleeping pills that almost killed him. At one point, I took 50 per day.

Burt Reynolds appears here with Ariel Winter filming a scene on the set of & # 39; Dog Years & # 39; in Nashville, Tennessee on June 8, 2016

Burt Reynolds appears here with Ariel Winter filming a scene on the set of & # 39; Dog Years & # 39; in Nashville, Tennessee on June 8, 2016

Burt Reynolds appears here with Ariel Winter filming a scene on the set of & # 39; Dog Years & # 39; in Nashville, Tennessee on June 8, 2016

In fact, a series of disasters happened to Burt Reynolds over the years, but the biggest of these surely came in the form of actress Loni Anderson.

Of course there were hordes of women, many of them famous. & # 39; Women are my drugs and alcohol. When I'm involved with a woman, I'm involved with a woman. But between romances, I am a carnivore, "he said.

First he was married to English actress Judy Carne. Meat became the girl of laughter famous for the slogan & # 39; Sock it to me & # 39; The two met on a plane in 1962. "The magic was immediate," he always said. "If we had been alone, we would have made love right there." After divorcing, Judy went bisexual.

Almost 20 years later he fell in love with Loni Anderson, a pink-cheeked model from Minnesota. They met on the 1983 set of the stock movie Stroker Ace, a box office disaster that set the tone for marriage.

By then, he had been famous for a decade, with great successes in Deliverance, Smokey And The Bandit and The Cannonball Run, and had homes in Georgia, Malibu, North Carolina and Beverly Hills, a private jet, a helicopter and 150 horses.

It is even said that his collection of toupees is worth $ 100,000. Smokey was even, with the coronation unlikely, said it was the favorite movie of director Alfred Hitchcock.

The Florida house in Hobe Sound had a movie theater, a pier and a private beach.

Burt Reynolds and his son Quinton during the premiere of The Longest Yard Los Angeles

Burt Reynolds and his son Quinton during the premiere of The Longest Yard Los Angeles

Burt Reynolds and his son Quinton during the premiere of The Longest Yard Los Angeles

He called Loni his 'Countess', and she called him 'Buddy Lee'. As Anderson recalls in his autobiography, he was "sweet, tentative and gentle" and had a body as "a great god".

However, his addiction to sleeping pills after the jaw injury was the beginning of problems in the relationship, not helped by his hesitant career and his decision to take any job that was offered him.

"There are times when you can be artistic, and in which you have to be realistic," he explained.

To another interviewer he said: "I have not had a blow since Joan Collins was a virgin."

In 1990, they adopted a son, Quinton, but when he and Anderson separated in 1993, Reynolds claimed they had not had sex in three years. Both accused the other of infidelity.

Anderson also alleged that Reynolds pushed her to the floor during an argument and then pulled out a pistol saying: "Here, why do not you kill yourself and do us a favor at all? & # 39;

Reynolds replied that she was a wasteful, promiscuous and liar. On television, he challenged her to take a lie detector test.

Burt Reynolds shares a scene with the participation of Sally Field in Smokey and the Bandit III. The new movie was a sequel to Smokey and the Bandit in which the two also starred.

Burt Reynolds shares a scene with the participation of Sally Field in Smokey and the Bandit III. The new movie was a sequel to Smokey and the Bandit in which the two also starred.

Burt Reynolds shares a scene with the participation of Sally Field in Smokey and the Bandit III. The new movie was a sequel to Smokey and the Bandit in which the two also starred.

The divorce agreement hit Reynolds hard. Anderson left with £ 1.4 million, plus a vacation home and £ 10,000 a month to support his son.

To meet the payments, he took out the mortgage from the Florida home, where he later failed.

The bitter split also cost him dearly in terms of his public image.

To increase his problems, he underwent plastic surgery immediately after the divorce, a nose surgery and a brow lift that was not very flattering and severe. The corrective surgery failed, which caused the skin to pile up on the cheekbones.

Reynolds also showed a talent for passing out roles in films that became huge.

He rejected Han Solo in Star Wars, John McClane in Die Hard (made famous by Bruce Willis) and Garrett Breedlove in Terms Of Dedearment. Jack Nicholson won an Oscar for his performance in the role of Endearment, and Reynolds once said that was the worst mistake of his career.

Actress and ex-wife of actor Burt Reynolds from 1963 to 1965 shows images of weddings in Atlanta

Actress and ex-wife of actor Burt Reynolds from 1963 to 1965 shows images of weddings in Atlanta

Actress and ex-wife of actor Burt Reynolds from 1963 to 1965 shows images of weddings in Atlanta

Apparently, he also rejected the role played by Richard Gere in Pretty Woman. Any of these successes could have transformed your financial situation.

In 1996 he filed for bankruptcy, saying he owed £ 10 million and blamed bad business, such as owning a nightclub and a stock car racing team, and a chain of restaurants.

Reynolds eventually paid his creditors, saying that his father, & # 39; Big Burt & # 39; Reynolds, a former police chief of Riviera Beach – a working-class city in Florida where the actor grew up – urged him to do so before he died.

In the intervening years he had some professional successes, including his only Oscar nomination for his role as a porn director at Boogie Nights in 2000. But he was so disgusted by the director of the movie that he punched him during an argument, and had no more role in promoting it

In 2009, she sold her beloved Florida home for £ 5.4 million, but was then forced into rehabilitation after becoming dependent on pain relief prescribed after back surgery earlier that year.

When it emerged, the housing market had collapsed in the wake of the financial recession and his house was worth only £ 1.5 million. It was then when the bank seized him, claiming that he had not paid the mortgage since 2010, and put it back on the market.

It sold for £ 2.3 million in 2015, but under the terms of the agreement, Reynolds had the option to continue living there until the end of these years.

The friend Mo Mustaine says that his financial problems hurt him. & # 39; It changed him. It hurt his feelings really badly. And, of course, it embarrassed him more than anything. "

In a 2015 interview given to promote his autobiography "But enough of me," Reynolds denied being bankrupt, but admitted spending a fortune.

He then appeared in The Last Movie Star, written and directed with Burt Reynolds in mind, by Adam Rifkin.

"I wanted to juxtapose Burt Reynolds at this stage of his life with the young Burt Reynolds and the images of his past," said Rifkin. "Because, no matter how safe we ​​are in our youth, time has other plans, and time is not impressed with our youthful arrogance – time will always win in the end."

At the premiere of the movie, Reynolds cried like a baby, "said Rifkin. "He said he was very embarrassed to admit that, because you're not supposed to cry in your own movies, just like you're not supposed to laugh at your own jokes, but he did, and he loved it."

In his memoirs, Reynolds wrote: "I've always wanted to experience everything and come down swinging, well, so far, all right, I know I'm old, but I feel young and there's one thing they can never take away: nobody had more fun than me."

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