Burt Reynolds might seem like a yesteryear superstar with all the stereotypes about fading away therein, but he’s been much more than that. Born in 1936, Reynolds wasn’t the typical movie actor at all. He had come up from the rich and resonant world of television, and throughout his career, he never forgot his roots.
Reynolds forged a reputation, first as a series regular on ‘Gunsmoke’, a television Western drama, then making the jump to the big screen seamlessly. He was undeniably one of the most popular actors of the 1970s and early 1980s, with his serious movies complementing his playboy image and fun-loving personality. He regularly made appearances on television, most prominently in ‘The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson’. Carson was one of his closest associates.
Reynolds’ filmography highlights the actor’s versatility in playing both sombre and comic roles. Although the wider critical consensus is that he could have had a more fruitful career had he not squandered his talents, the fact remains that Burt Reynolds is one of the most significant performers over the last five decades. Here is the list of top 12 Burt Reynolds movie performances.
12. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982)
Colin Higgins creates a frolicking musical comedy in his final directorial venture. ‘The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’ is an adept adaptation of the eponymous 1978 Broadway musical.