5 things to know about Burt Reynolds The award-winning actor was born on Feb. 11, 1936 in Lansing, Michigan. Reynolds was a leading film star in the 1970s and 1980s. He won an Oscar nomination and Golden Globe for his role in the 1997 movie, "Boogie Nights." But his work in the 1972 drama "Deliverance" is considered his breakthrough role. The Hollywood superstar was also featured as the first nude male centerfold in Cosmopolitan magazine.