Burt Reynolds dead at 82


Burt Reynolds, the star of films like "Smokey and the Bandit" and "The Longest Yard", died at the age of 82, it was reported on September 6.

Actor Burt Reynolds died of a heart attack Thursday morning in a Florida hospital, reports TMZ. The star had undergone a quintuple heart bypass in February 2010 but been working until recently; he was now filming Quentin Tarantino's film about the Charles Manson murders, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood.

Reynolds was a beloved movie and television star, appearing in classics such as Smokey and the Bandit, Boogie Nights and The Cannonball Run. Reynolds said it was actress Sally Field.

Burt Reynolds is survived by his son Quintin.

In his heyday, he was reportedly earning around $10 million a year, due to his appearances in The Longest Yard, Smokey and the Bandit and Hooper. The actor became well known amongst audiences for his fun-loving, good-ol'-boy roles.

The actor was born on February 11, 1936 in Lansing, Mich., and at age 10 moved with his family to Florida, where he played high school football.

Reynolds, named the top box office draw for five consecutive years by The National Association of Theatre Owners, was an Oscar nominee, a two-time Golden Globe victor, and the recipient of the People's Choice Award for six straight years.

Reynolds also played a starring role in the 1977 football movie "Semi-Tough", which co-starred Kris Kristofferson.

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Reynolds inspired a wide range of responses over his long, erratic career: critical acclaim and critical scorn, commercial success and box office bombs.

Reynolds was also a college football player at Florida State and shared a room with ESPN's Lee Corso. Reynolds turned his attention to acting, moving to NY, where he struggled for several years until he landed a role in a revival of Mr. Roberts starring Charlton Heston in 1956.

Reynolds turned down the roles of Han Solo in Star Wars, astronaut Garrett Breedlove in Terms of Endearment and John McClane in Die Hard.

Mark Wahlberg paid tribute to his former Boogie Nights co-star.

Mr Reynolds' work peaked in 1977 with his role as a porn film director in Boogie Nights, which won him an Oscar nomination.

Actor Wesley Snipes referenced a line from Smokey And The Bandit in his tribute to Reynolds.

"I think mostly because he was young and full of himself", Reynolds said of Anderson in a GQ interview in 2015.