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Biography

  • Born

    11 February 1936

  • Born In

    Lansing, Ingham County, Michigan, United States

  • Died

    6 September 2018 (aged 82)

Burton Leon Reynolds Jr. (February 11, 1936 – September 6, 2018) was an American actor, director and producer. He first rose to prominence starring in television series such as Gunsmoke (1962–1965) and Dan August (1970–1971). Reynolds sang in a number of films, notably in the musicals At Long Last Love (where he played Michael) and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (where he played Sheriff Dodd). He also sang in the voice role of Charlie Barkin in All Dogs Go to Heaven, and released an album entitled Ask Me What I Am.

His breakout film role was as Lewis Medlock in Deliverance (1972). Reynolds played the leading role in a number of box office hits, such as The Longest Yard (1974), Smokey and the Bandit (1977), Semi-Tough (1977), Hooper (1978), Smokey and the Bandit II (1980), The Cannonball Run (1981) and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982).

After a few box office failures, Reynolds returned to television, starring in the sitcom Evening Shade (1990–1994). He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Boogie Nights (1997).

Singing in Films

At Long Last Love (1975)
Let's Misbehave (duet)
Well Did You Evah! (contains solo lines)
Poor Young Millionaire (solo)
Just One Of Those Things (contains solo lines)
A Picture Of Me Without You (contains solo lines)
It's De-Lovely (duet)
Friendship (contains solo lines)
You're The Top (contains solo lines)
At Long Last Love (contains solo lines)

Lucky Lady (1975)
Ain't Misbehavin' (solo)
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982)
Sneakin' Around (duet)
Where Stallions Run (solo)
All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
You Can't Keep a Good Dog Down (duet)
Let Me Be Surprised (duet)
What's Mine is Yours (solo)
Let's Make Music Together (duet)

in Television

The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (1972)
She's a Vamp (contains solo lines)
Out if This World (1989)
When You Wish Upon a Star (solo)
The X-Files (2002)
El Bodeguero (solo)

Albums

Ask Me What I Am (1973)
Childhood (solo)
Slow John Fairburn (solo)
The First One That I Lay With (solo)
Till I Get It Right (solo)
She's Taken A Gentle Lover (solo)
You Can't Always Sing A Happy Song (solo)
Ask Me What I Am (solo)
A Room For A Boy Never Used (solo)
I Didn't Shake The World Today (solo)
There's A Slight Misunderstanding Between God And Man (solo)
I Like Having You Around (solo)

Let's Do Something Cheap and Superficial (1980)
Let's Do Something Cheap and Superficial (solo)

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