Here's To Burt Reynolds: Leading Man, Heartthrob, And Screen Legend

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Burt Reynolds passed away on September 6, 2018, leaving behind a huge legacy.

If you’re a regular reader of HerStyleAsia, you’re probably too young to know that once upon a time, Burt Reynold’s was Hollywood’s biggest movie star. Burt Reynolds net worth back in the 70s and 80s was basically like Robert Downey Jr. or The Rock’s today.

From 1973 to 1984, he was listed on Quigley’s Top 10 Money Makers, holding the top spot from 1978 to 1982. That’s five consecutive years — the only other person to accomplish this feat was Bing Crosby in the ’40s.

Most of us might have seen him in 1997’s Boogie Nights, which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. His earlier box office hits include Deliverance (1972), The Longest Yard (1974), Smokey and the Bandit (1977), and my personal favourite, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982), which gave us this gem of a clip:

Burt Reynolds Net Worth, Quotes, And Reactions to His Death

1. He HATED Boogie Nights.

Apparently, he fired the agent who got him the role, and he didn’t like the movie. He was uncomfortable about the film’s subject matter (the porn industry, in case you haven’t seen it), and hated working with director Paul Thomas Anderson so much that he turned down a role in Anderson’s Magnolia.

2. He made history by reversing the gaze and becoming the first male centrefold in 1972.

“I wish I could say that I wanted to show my support for women’s rights, but I just thought it would be fun,” he explained in a 2015 Cosmopolitan article. “I said yes before we came back on the air.”

3. Burt Reynolds net worth: he had a huge fortune.

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Reynolds continued working in spite of his recent heart problems, and according to CelebrityNetWorth.com, Burt Reynolds net worth was around US$5 million. But at the height of his popularity, he was earning around US$10 million a year.

Burt Reynolds passed away on September 6, 2018, at the age of 82 after suffering from heart problems.

4. He was outspoken about the lack of diversity in Hollywood.

“I didn’t like things about the south, I hated it, I really did,” Reynolds, who grew up in Florida, told The Guardian. “It still isn’t right, it won’t ever be right in our lifetime. I really did think things would have progressed by now. I certainly thought we would have a lot more black directors, writers, producers.”

5. He turned down the role of James Bond.

In 1970, he was offered the role of 007, but turned it down because he felt that only an Englishman could play Bond. Later on, he would say that he regretted this decision.

6. He called actress Sally Field the “love of [his] life”.

“I miss her terribly,” he told Vanity Fair in 2015. “Even now, it’s hard on me. I don’t know why I was so stupid. Men are like that, you know. You find the perfect person, and then you do everything you can to screw it up.”

Field and Reynolds met while filming Smokey and the Bandit in 1977, and were together for five years.

7. He will be missed.

After the news of his death, stars took to social media to show just how much the world would miss Reynolds.

H/T: MentalFloss, Vanity Fair, The Guardian