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In the April 1972 issue of Cosmopolitan, Burt Reynolds had (almost) nothing to hide.His first wife, "Laugh-In" star Judy Carne, criticized him often for not being supportive of her career.Through it all he presented a genial persona, ever willing to mock his own failings, like turning down the role that went to Richard Gere in "Pretty Woman" or the chance to play James Bond when Sean Connery was holding out for more money.After moving to Hollywood, he found work as a stuntman, including flying through a glass window. Later, as a star, he often performed his own stunts, and he played a stuntman in the 1978 film "Hooper," one of his better reviewed films.His first film role came in 1961's "Angel Baby," and he followed it with numerous other mediocre movies. "Deliverance" was an Oscar nominee for best picture and no film made him prouder.Reynolds' performance in "Deliverance" was snubbed by the movie academy.His career was nearly destroyed in the 1980s when false rumors surfaced that he was infected with the AIDS virus. He had injured his jaw making the 1984 comedy "City Heat" with Clint Eastwood. Burton Leon Reynolds was born on Feb. 11, 1936, in Lansing, Michigan, the son of a police chief, and he was raised in Florida. His earliest acting roles were in high school plays.
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