(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).
Reynolds was voted the world's number one box office star for five consecutive years (from 1978 to 1982) in the annual Top Ten Money Making Stars Poll, a record he shares with Bing Crosby.
After a number of box office failures, Reynolds returned to television, starring in the sitcom Evening Shade (1990–1994).
Reynolds saw the opportunity as an agreeable alternative to more physically demanding summer jobs, but did not yet see acting as a possible career.
While working there, Reynolds met Joanne Woodward, who helped him find an agent.
In 1946, the family moved to Riviera Beach, Florida.
He also claimed Cherokee and Italian roots, both of which remain unverified.
He, his mother, and his sister joined his father at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and lived there for two years.
appearing in episodes of Playhouse 90, Johnny Ringo, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Lock Up, The Blue Angels, Michael Shayne, Zane Grey Theater, The Aquanauts and The Brothers Brannagan. Reynolds made his film debut in the low budget Angel Baby (1961), billed fourth.
He followed it with a role in a war film, Armored Command (1961).