Posted by Lorea Thomson on Monday, March 11th, 2013 at 2:07pm.

Burt Reynolds to be Honored in Jupiter!

Photo Courtesy of the Palm Beach Post
The historic Lake Worth Playhouse Honors iconic Burt Reynolds with the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award. On the commemoration of the playhouses 60th anniversary, Burt Reynolds returned to the stage where his acting career began.  He was just a college student when he started acting in plays, which included performances at the historic playhouse on Lake Avenue in Lake Worth.
The stage of the historic Lake Worth Playhouse was transformed into a formal dining room on Saturday, February 9, 2013 for the diamond jubilee anniversary. Sitting at the head of the table, happily entertaining guests was Palm Beach County resident and entertainment legend Burt Reynolds.

Reynolds, the charismatic Tequesta resident, was dressed in a white tuxedo and black shirt, his mustache, and signature smile were ever present. His laughter was often heard echoing through the playhouse. The iconic star stated that the historic Lake Worth Playhouse had hosted some of his earliest performances and then he said, “Tom Wolfe wasn’t from South Florida…you can go home again. I am so touched to be honored by the Lake Worth Playhouse. It is truly a special place.”  He was indeed home again.

Reynolds moved to Florida as a child.  He attended classes at Palm Beach Junior College (now Palm Beach State College) and Florida State University on a football scholarship.   An injury derailed his plans for a football career and that is when the acting door opened. He was enticed into acting while attending classes at the local community college.
Reynolds first received a nomination for an Academy Award in 1972 for his role in “Deliverance”.  In 1974, he played an out of luck football player in the Golden Globe Award winning “Best Motion Picture”  “The Longest Yard”.  Reynolds is also known for charming and arrogant Trans Am driving Bo “Bandit” in “Smokey and the Bandit.  He is the recipient of multiple People’s Choice Awards throughout the 1970’s and the 1980’s and countless other awards. 

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