Well, who doesn’t know about Burt Reynolds and his legendary and iconic appearances on a plethora of movies? Especially, he was popular because of his appearances in Westerns that marked one whole time period. He was one of the most popular and most successful box office actors of the previous century. From the late seventies to the early eighties he was the number one on the list of the highest-grossing actors.
He had one Oscar nomination. However, he won several awards like Primetime Emmy award, Golden Globe awards, and many smaller awards like Florida State Drama Award. That doesn’t mean that his life was easy when it comes to finances. From the beginning of his career to his death last year, on the sixth of 2018, he always struggled with managing his money.
He was proof that having a successful career in acting doesn’t mean that you are going to have a stable financial life. Even though he was a really popular actor, there are some things from his biography that haven’t been so known to the public. In order to shine a light on some parts of his private life and career, we are going to talk about it in greater detail and of course, his net worth.
Burt Reynolds was born as Burton Leon Reynolds Junior. He was born in Lansing, Michigan on the eleventh of February 1936. His father worked for the army, but later became chief of police. His mother was a nurse and she encouraged her son to read and improve his education over and over again. He attended Florida State University where he received a football scholarship. At some point in his education, he was drafted to play for Baltimore Colts.
However, he suffered an injury that ended his football career. This occurrence marked his change of career that pointed him to pursue an acting career. He was awarded a scholarship on “Hyde Park Playhouse”. At one point in his career, he filed for bankruptcy, which occurred several years after he divorced Anderson. Approximately, he had $11.2 million in debt and $6.65 billion in money and assets.
His career started in the early fifties. But his first big break was in 1957 when he starred in the reboot of “Mister Roberts”. That same year he signed his first major television contract. Later, he appeared on several popular projects like “Gunsmoke”, “Riverboat”, “Dan August”, and “Hawk”. These appearances made him very popular and he gained significant recognition from the TV audience. His popularity increased in the 1970s when he appeared on a huge number of night talk shows where he became one of the most invited guests. For example, on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show”.
The role that changed his whole career was his appearance on “Deliverance” in 1972, where he starred alongside Jon Voight. This was the first movie that made him a superstar and established his reputation as a serious actor. He was the first man to feature on “Cosmopolitan” magazine where he had a nude picture presented. Until the end of the eighties, he remained one of the most popular actors because of his appearances on movies like “Smokey the Bandit”, “Semi-Tough”, “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”, and “The Longest Yard”.
In 1981 he appeared on race comedy epic “The Cannonball Run” where he appeared alongside Roger Moore and Farrah Fawcett. He starred in a sequel that was released three years later. Despite being famous as a macho man, he appeared in several other comedies like “Starting Over” in 1979 and “Best Friends” that was released in 1979. He even directed one movie “The End” that was released in 1978, where he starred with his friend Dom DeLuise. In 1997, he starred in “Boogie Nights”, movie that was directed by Paul Thomas Anderson for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe and Oscar nomination.
The peak of his net worth was $60 million. However, in 2018, the year he died, his net worth was estimated at $5 million. He stated that his problems when it comes to money were caused by the people who handled his finances and us quote “women”. This popular actor was always known as a hedonist and an exceptional actor.