Burton Milo 'Burt' Reynolds, Jr. (born February 11, 1936) is an American actor, director and voice artist. Some of his notable roles include Bo 'Bandit' Darville in Smokey and the Bandit, Bobby 'Gator' McCluskey in White Lightning and sequel Gator, Paul Crewe in The Longest Yard and Jack Horner in Boogie Nights. Reynolds' parents were Burton Milo Reynolds, Sr. (1906-2002), who had Cherokee and Irish ancestry, and his wife, Fern H. (ne Miller). Reynolds was born in Waycross, Georgia. He states in his autobiography that his family was living in Lansing, Michigan, when his father was drafted into the United States Army. 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, Reynolds moved to Riviera Beach, Florida, with his parents. His father, Burt Sr., later became Chief of Police of Riviera Beach.
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