Burt Reynolds Memoir Due in 2015

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Burt Reynolds, the No. 1 movie draw of the late 1970s and early 1980s is telling his life story in memoir But Enough About Me, publisher G.P. Putnam's Sons announced today.

The book will be co-written with Jon Winkour, who collaborated with James Garner on his New York Times best-selling memoir The Garner Files. Reynolds pal Jon Voight is contributing a foreword. Publication is scheduled for fall 2015.

Reynolds, 78, was born in Georgia in 1936 but moved to Riviera Beach, Fla. (near Palm Beach), in 1946, where his father was the police chief. He went on to play football at Florida State University (where he roomed with ESPN analyst Lee Corso). Injuries derailed his football career and Reynolds took up acting.

He moved to New York in the late 1950s and made his TV debut on Flight in 1958. His first regular role was on the 1958-60 NBC Western Riverboat. At the urging of Clint Eastwood, he broke into film. By the 1970s, he was a major film star whose credits included Deliverance, The Longest Yard, Smokey and the Bandit and Sharky's Machine. He won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his starring role on the CBS sitcom Evening Shade and garnered an Oscar nomination for playing porn director Jack Horner in Boogie Nights.

He was also regarded as one of the great sex symbols of his day. The nude photo of Reynolds (with a strategic hand placement) that appeared in Playgirl became an iconic image and over the years he was romantically linked to Tammy Wynette, Adrienne Barbeau, Sally Field, Chris Evert and others. He was married to actress Loni Anderson from 1988 to 1993.

The book promises to cover both his great movies, his celebrated romances and his friendship with such Hollywood legends as Clark Gable, Bette Davis, Frank Sinatra, Clint Eastwood and Johnny Carson.

Said Reynolds in a statement, "Setting the record straight is something that I have wanted to do for a while now, and with this book I will. This will be a project that will go into many areas I have never discussed."

Added Putnam's Sons executive editor Kerri Kolen, "Whether you adore him as a megawatt movie star, a sex symbol, a TV star or simply a cultural icon with an unforgettable mustache and waggish sense of humor, Burt Reynolds is beloved by fans across generations and demographics. In his new memoir, he will pull out all the stops and share his singular and unforgettable stories — from the jaw-dropping to the heart-rending."

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