Burt Reynolds, the legendary actor known for his endearing smile, signature bushy moustache, and even hairier chest, died on September 6, 2018, at the age of 82. Despite his health difficulties, his death was “completely unexpected,” according to his niece, Nancy Lee Hess. TMZ later verified that the iconic star died of a heart attack at a Florida hospital. Celebrating the award-winning actor’s decades of contributions to the entertainment business, including iconic parts in Smokey and the Bandit, Boogie Nights, and The Longest Yard, is one way to remember his life.
According to ABC News, Reynolds’ marriage to WKRP in Cincinnati star Loni Anderson ended when he fell in love with a waitress named Pam Seals, which ended when he fell in love with a waitress named Pam Seals.
During his peak, it was his failed (and pricey) relationships that dominated headlines, and after his death, even more details about the actor’s personal life were disclosed – knowledge that has proven to be just as compelling as some of his on-screen performances.
Reynolds died of a heart attack on September 6, 2018, at the age of 82, at the Jupiter Medical Center in Jupiter, Florida.
Loni Anderson, his ex-wife, released a statement that she and their son Quinton would miss him and “his beautiful laugh.” The two had a private memorial service for Reynolds at a funeral home in North Palm Beach, Florida, on September 20, 2018. Sally Field, FSU coach Bobby Bowden, buddy Lee Corso, and quarterback Doug Flutie were among those in attendance. Reynolds’ ashes were presented to his niece, Nancy Lee Brown Hess after he was cremated.
On what would have been his 85th birthday, February 11, 2021, he was laid to rest in Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Burt Reynolds’ bronze bust was unveiled at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in September 2021.
Burt Reynolds’ Funeral Was Not Attended by A Member of His Family.
According to Radar Online, Burt Reynolds’ life was celebrated by his family and friends at a church in Florida, followed by a “separate private tribute” organized by his ex-wife, Loni Anderson, their adopted son, Quinton Reynolds, and Burt’s niece, Nancy Lee Brown. Burt’s only brother, James “Jimmy” Hooks Reynolds, was, however, conspicuously absent from the private memorial.
Jimmy’s wife, Maria Reynolds, told Radar, “He is so sad and angry he couldn’t say farewell alongside his family.”
Anderson reportedly left Jimmy off the invitation list for the private ceremony because Maria was furious that Jimmy “didn’t do enough to protect her” from the alleged abuse she endured during her marriage to Burt. Anderson made the accusation public in a 1995 interview with SFGate, saying, “The physical abuse I always blamed on the drugs.”
Burt related Maria to his strained connection with his brother in his memoir But Enough About Me. He wrote, “The gal he married wasn’t wild about me” (via Radar Online). “She thought I should have paid more attention to Jim and given him more financial assistance, but I’d already done a lot for him, and there came a point when I decided he should go it alone.”
Despite their frosty brotherhood, Maria evidently believed that when Burt died, everyone should have put their differences aside. “No one knew Burt like his brother at the burial,” she added.
Burton Leon Reynolds Jr. was born to Harriet Fernette “Fern” (née Miller) and Burton Milo Reynolds (1906–2002) on February 11, 1936. His ancestors came from a mix of Dutch, English, Scots-Irish, and Scottish families. Reynolds claimed Cherokee and Italian ancestors as well.
Reynolds claimed to have been born in Waycross, Georgia, throughout his career, but in 2015, he admitted that he was actually born in Lansing, Michigan.
His family lived in Lansing when his father was drafted into the United States Army, according to his memoirs.
Reynolds, his mother, and his sister moved to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, to live with his father for two years. When his father was stationed in Europe, the family relocated to Lake City, Michigan, where his mother grew up. The family relocated to Riviera Beach, Florida, in 1946. Reynolds’ father rose through the ranks of the Riviera Beach Police Department, which is located on the outskirts of West Palm Beach, Florida.
Reynolds was voted First Team All-State and All-Southern as a fullback in 10th grade at Palm Beach High School, and he had many scholarship offers.
In 1991, Reynolds and Loni Anderson attended the 43rd Primetime Emmy Awards.
Reynolds “was so good-looking in college that I used him as bait,” according to college roommate Lee Corso. “He’d stroll across campus and return with two girls, one beautiful and one unattractive; I got the unattractive one. His unattractive girlfriends were far superior to anyone I could find on my own.” Reynolds was married to Judy Carne, an English actress, from 1963 to 1965. From early 1971 to 1975, he was in a relationship with American singer-actress Dinah Shore (20 years his senior). Reynolds had a brief relationship with singer Tammy Wynette in the mid-1970s.
He was in a relationship with American actress Sally Field from 1976 until 1980 (then off-and-on until 1982), during which time they appeared together in four films. In 2016, he described Field as his life’s love. From 1988 to 1994, Reynolds was married to American actress Loni Anderson. Quinton, their adoptive son, was born to them. He and Anderson split up after he fell in love with Pam Seals, a cocktail waitress with whom he eventually exchanged lawsuits that were settled out of court.
Reynolds opened Burt’s Place, a nightclub restaurant at the Omni International Hotel in Atlanta’s Hotel District, in the late 1970s.