'I have provided for him during my lifetime': Burt Reynolds leaves his only son Quinton out of his will
Actor Burt Reynolds left his only son Quinton, who he adopted with ex-wife Loni Anderson, out of his will which he signed in 2011
Screen legend Burt Reynolds has reportedly left out his only son Quinton Anderson Reynolds from his will. Burt Reynolds died earlier this month at the age of 82. The star's will, which was first obtained by TMZ, says of Quinton, “I intentionally omit him from this, my Last Will and Testament, as I have provided for him during my lifetime in my Declaration of Trust.”
The will was reportedly signed in 2011 and it appoints Reynold's niece, Nancy Lee Brown Hess, as the personal representative of Reynolds’ estate. Moreover, the actor listed his great-nephew Brian Ritchey Brown and great-niece Tracy Erin Rogers as the next personal representative in case anything were to happen to the previous one.
Hess said in a statement, “My uncle was not just a movie icon, he was a generous, passionate and sensitive man who was dedicated to his family, friends, fans and acting students.”
She continued, “He has had health issues, however, this was totally unexpected. He was tough. Anyone who breaks their tailbone on a river and finishes the movie is tough. And that’s who he was. My uncle was looking forward to working with Quentin Tarantino (in 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood') and the amazing cast that was assembled.”
As per TMZ, all of Reynold's assets appeared to be in the trust, something that might have been designed to get around estate taxes. His son, Quinton, was his adopted son with ex-wife Loni Anderson.
After his death, Anderson released a statement that said, “Quinton and I are extremely touched by the tremendous outpouring of love and support from friends and family throughout the world.” The statement continued, “Burt was a wonderful director and actor. He was a big part of my life for twelve years and Quinton’s father for thirty years. We will miss him and his great laugh.”
According to People magazine, Reynolds was worth about $5 million when he died. “I’ve lost more money than is possible because I just haven’t watched it,” Reynolds said in an interview in 2015.
“I’ve still done well in terms of owning property and things like that. But I haven’t been somebody who’s been smart about his money. There are a couple of actors who are quite brilliant with the way they’ve handled their money. But they’re not very good actors.”