Reynolds had ties to Florida his whole life, growing up in the state and attending Florida State University. In Jupiter, he owned a theater and ranch that later become luxury homes. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Florida State University. He once was a minority owner of the Tampa Bay Bandits football team. His movie Cop and a Half was filmed in Tampa.
The mustachioed actor had a reputation as a hard-drinking playboy whose charm alternated with a volcanic, hair-trigger temper. He made atrocious career decisions, propelled in part by a drug addiction and dramatic financial reversals. A low point was his excruciatingly public break-up and divorce from actress Loni Anderson in the early 1990s.