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Burt Reynolds photos: He was celebrity here before he was a movie star

Before he became a worldwide star, before he became an icon of film and television, Burt Reynolds was already famous.

In Palm Beach County.

Throughout the 1950s, his name appeared routinely in The Palm Beach Post. To eagle-eyed readers, he was probably as well-known as any local politician.

On October 31, 1953, for example, his exploits shared the front page along with news of Cold War skirmishes in East Germany and Korea, Albert Schweitzer winning the Nobel Peace Prize and Tallahassee politicos sparring over a special election to replace the late Gov. Dan McCarty.

With the headline “Wildcats Defeat Orlando Boone, 13-0,” Post sports writer Dick Taylor could not resist a trick-or-treat analogy in his lead paragraph on an away victory by Palm Beach High’s football team:

“Buddy Reynolds frosted Orlando Boone (High School’s) pumpkin on Halloween Eve last night as the bruising Palm Beach fullback softened up the brave Braves for a 13-0 Big Ten victory before about 4,500 chilled fans at the Tangerine Bowl.”

He was Buddy back then. Burt came later.

When Reynolds rose to national prominence, it must not have been a shock. He was used to being a celebrity. The son of Riviera Beach’s police chief, he had been reading about himself for a long time.

After all, it wasn’t The New York Times that first reported Burt Reynolds’ sports glory. Or the knee injury and horrific car accident that ended it — and almost killed him in the process.

It didn’t cover his first acting performance. Or give him his first professional review. Or cover his first acting award and debut as a director.

That all happened here — on the pages of his hometown newspaper.

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Buddy Reynolds was introduced to Post readers on May 16, 1947, a year after his family had moved to Palm Beach County from his birthplace

Article source: https://www.palmbeachpost.com/entertainment/burt-reynolds-photos-was-celebrity-here-before-was-movie-star/F75vwu43AL2K3uZh4s2qJL/

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