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Burt Reynolds files for bankruptcy

MIAMI, Dec. 2 -- Actor Burt Reynolds filed Monday for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11, according to a brief statement released by his publicist. 'He intends to work cooperatively with his creditors to propose a plan to meet his obligation, maximize his business opportunities and continue his illustrious career in the entertainment industry,' spokesman Jeffrey Lane said in the statement.

Reynolds, once the top box-office star in the United States and star of the now-defunct TV series 'Evening Shade,' complained of financial troubles in 1993 when he was in the process of divorcing actress Loni Anderson. Reynolds, 60, has been paying child support for their adopted son, Quinton, who lives mainly with his mother. There were no details released concerning Reynolds' assets and liabilities as stated in the Chapter 11 filing, and his Miami attorney, Mark Bloom, could not be reached for comment. Reynolds, a college football star, appeared in such TV series as 'Gunsmoke' and 'Dan August' in the 1960s before getting his big break in movies with the drama 'Deliverance' in 1972. In the mid-1970s Reynolds was box-office king with a series of successful good-old-boy comedies such as 'Smokey and the Bandit,' 'White Lightning' and 'W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings.' With his movie earnings he opened a dinner theater in Jupiter, Fla., that carried his name and boasted regular appearances by name stars. But after a few years, the theater folded. After his movie popularity faded, Reynolds rebounded with his 'Evening Shade' sitcom, but his best actor Emmy was not enough to keep the show's ratings up as CBS lost viewers across the board, and the show was canceled in 1994. Reynolds' most recent movie role was last year's 'Striptease,' which drew a lot of attention for Demi Moore's big paycheck and nudity but fared poorly at the box office.

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