Burt Reynolds : biography
Reynolds’ parents were Burton Milo Reynolds, Sr. (1906–2002), who had Cherokee and Irish ancestry,; can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YY3cuILM698 and his wife, Fern H. Reynolds (née Miller). He was born in the city of Lansing, Michigan. He states in his autobiography that his family was living in Lansing when his father was drafted into the United States Army.Several sources list Waycross, Georgia, as Reynolds’s birthplace ( and ), for example, while other sources show that he was born in Lansing, Michigan ), and his own website, . Reynolds’s autobiography (My Life) does not name his birthplace, although it does cover his childhood in Lansing, and fails to mention Waycross at all. For more discussion on Burt Reynolds’s birthplace, see (‘discussion page) Reynolds, his mother, and his sister joined his father at Fort Leonard Wood, where they lived for two years. When Reynolds’s father was sent to Europe, the family returned to Lansing. In 1946, the Reynolds moved to Riviera Beach, Florida. His father, Burt Sr., eventually became Chief of Police of Riviera Beach, which is adjacent to West Palm Beach to the north.
In his sophomore year at Palm Beach High School, Reynolds was named First Team All State and All Southern as a fullback, and received multiple scholarship offers.Reynolds. Pp. 17, 33-7, 41-4 After graduating from Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, Reynolds attended Florida State University on a college football scholarship, and played halfback. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Photo gallery of Reynolds at FSU: http://heritage.fsu.edu/photos/burtatfsu.html While at Florida State, Reynolds became roommates with now notable college football broadcaster and analyst Lee Corso. Reynolds hoped to be named to All-American teams and to have a career in professional football; however, in the first game of the season, Reynolds was injured and a car accident later that year worsened the injury. With his college football career ended, Reynolds considered becoming a police officer, but his father suggested that he finish college and become a parole officer. In order to keep up with his studies, he began taking classes at Palm Beach Junior College (PBJC) in neighboring Lake Worth. In his first term at PBJC Reynolds was in a class taught by Watson B. Duncan III. Duncan pushed Reynolds into trying out for a play he was producing, Outward Bound. He cast Reynolds in the lead, based on his impressions from listening to Reynolds read Shakespeare in class. Reynolds won the 1956 Florida State Drama Award for his performance in Outward Bound. Reynolds calls Duncan his mentor and the most influential person in his life.Reynolds. Pp. 57-9 While at Florida State, Reynolds became a brother of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
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