Burt Reynolds may have been seen as Hollywood’s macho man, but behind the scene, he idolized his parents’ relationship, saying that could have been him.
Burn Reynolds was born in Georgia in February of 1936 and unfortunately died in 2018. Prior to his death, he sat down with Pier Morgan to talk about the relationships in his life.
His parents, Fern and Burt Sr., were the standard for how a relationship should play out. Fern was a loving nurse, and Burt Sr. was the police as well as a World War II veteran who stormed Normandy.
Reynolds revealed that during this time in history, men didn’t show much affection. The actor got choked up as he said how that affected him.
“I would have killed for a hug from him. He lived to be 94, and the last four years of his life, we talked about a lot of things like that. He said some things that I can’t even say now without crying. Had he not lived that long, I never would have heard them.”
His mother, Fern, was also just as strong as his father. She grew up with seven brothers and only one sister. Bert Reynolds expressed his love for her, saying he couldn’t have asked for a better mother.
“Had I Been Smarter…”
After 65 years of marriage, the actor looked up to them for how a relationship should be. Burt Reynolds also revealed that he never heard them argue.
“I guess they didn’t argue loud then, but I never heard them [argue].”
Pier Morgan asked Burt Reynolds if he wished he had a similar relationship in his life. The legendary actor recounts one relationship that he let slip through his fingers.
“Of course. Had I been smarter, you know, with one lady, I still would have been together with her.”
Who was the lucky lady? He said it was award-winning actress Sally Field. When asked if he thought she was the one, he simply replied, “Without a doubt.”
Burt Reynolds and Sally Field
The two film stars worked together in four movies, which included Smokey and the Bandit and Hooper. For five years, the two wavered between in-item and apart. Nearly two weeks after Burt Reynolds’s death, Field opened up about the two’s relationship.
In addition, Field said she was happy that Burt would never get a chance to read the things she said within the book.
This would hurt him,” she told the Times. “I felt glad that he wasn’t going to read it, he wasn’t going to be asked about it, and he wasn’t going to have to defend himself or lash out, which he probably would have. I did not want to hurt him any further.”
Being one of the most prominent box office stars, Reynolds was known as a womanizer during his time in Hollywood.