Although Reynolds had leading roles in such films as Navajo Joe (1966), his breakthrough role was as Lewis Medlock in Deliverance (1972).
Reynolds played the leading role in a number of subsequent box office hits, such as The Longest Yard (1974), Smokey and the Bandit (1977), Semi-Tough (1977), The End (1978), Hooper (1978), Starting Over (1979), Smokey and the Bandit II (1980), The Cannonball Run (1981), Sharky's Machine (1981), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982), and Cannonball Run II (1984).
He later said, "I learned more about my craft in these guest shots than I did standing around and looking virile on Riverboat".
In 1962, Dennis Weaver wanted to leave the cast of Gunsmoke, one of the top rated shows in the country.
"I don't think I ever actually saw him perform," said Woodward later. He had the kind of lovely personality that made you want to do something for him." He was cast in Tea and Sympathy at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City.
After his Broadway debut in Look, We've Come Through, he received favorable reviews for his performance and went on tour with the cast, driving the bus as well as appearing on stage.
Reynolds wrote that, while working as a dockworker, he was offered 0 to jump through a glass window on a live television show.In his first term at PBJC, he was in an English class taught by Watson B. Duncan pushed him into trying out for a play he was producing, Outward Bound.He cast him in the lead role based on having heard him read Shakespeare in class, leading to his winning the 1956 Florida State Drama Award for his performance. (February 11, 1936 – September 6, 2018) was an American actor, director and producer.He first rose to prominence starring in television series such as Gunsmoke (1962–1965), Hawk (1966), and Dan August (1970–1971).