With a career spanning nearly 100 films and more than 300 TV shows, it's hard to imagine that Burt Reynolds didn't initially think about acting as a career. In the 1950s, Reynolds appeared in various summer stock and off-Broadway plays. After taking acting classes in New York, he guest-starred on TV shows such as "River Boat" and "Gunsmoke" and acted overseas in spaghetti westerns. Reynolds' big break came when he starred in the 1972 movie "Deliverance." He is also known for playing Bandit in the series of "Smokey and the Bandit" movies and Wood Newton on the TV show "Evening Shade." After a lull in his career, Reynolds began a comeback when he starred in the 1997 film "Boogie Nights."
In 2009, 74-year-old Reynolds was in the news because of a stint in rehab -- he had become addicted to pain medication prescribed to him after back surgery. Reynolds has also admitted to drug use in the past. In early 2010, he began having chest pains at home. Reynolds' doctor warned him that he could die without surgery, so he had a quintuple bypass. According to his manager, Reynolds has said that he has "a great motor with brand new pipes" and is "feeling great." He is scheduled to make a guest appearance on the TV show "Burn Notice" in summer 2010.