During the 1970s, Burt Reynolds was as big a star as there was. His appearance in the 1972 film Deliverance put him on the map, and he spent the rest of the decade hitting home run after home run at the box office, appearing in such crowd pleasers as White Lightning and Smokey And The Bandit. Yes, in the 1970s, Burt Reynolds was the definition of “unstoppable.”
In 1980s, he became decidedly stoppable, thanks in part to poorly chosen projects, such as The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, and a series of mediocre cop movies that simply didn’t attract audiences. His diminishing professional fortunes were exacerbated by a messy divorce from actress Loni Anderson that a 1994 Orlando Sentinel article claimed was costing the actor $11,000 a month in alimony payments. Unable to keep up with the payments in the face of a waning career, Reynolds filed for bankruptcy in 1996.