Burt Reynolds Has Died at 82

Calvin Saunders
September 7, 2018

Hollywood star Burt Reynolds has died aged 82, his publicist has said. According to the report, Reynolds died on Thursday morning at Jupiter Medical in Flordia, per his manager Erik Krtizer.

He launched his acting career with TV shows like "Gunsmoke" and "Dan August", but his breakout film role was in "Deliverance" in 1972.

For his role in 1997's Boogie Nights he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Before that, he was the archetypal good ol' boy actor, frequently starring in action movies and the kind of hyper-masculine roles that simply don't exist in modern movies.

He created the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre, a non-profit dedicated to involving the community in all aspects of the arts and preserving Reynolds' legacy for generations to come.

"It was the only time I saw men get up, sick, and walk out of a theater", he added. He's been consistently working since he broke into TV in the late 1950s.

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By 1974, Reynolds had hit it big and starred as an ex-football player who landed in prison in the film "The Longest Yard".

Smith's most memorable Reynolds reference was in Mallrats, when T.S. and Brodie talk with Alyssa Jones about a party during which Alyssa had sex with Clerks baddie Rick Derris on a pool table, while Rick and Alyssa were dressed as Smokey and The Bandit. "I didn't take the part that would be the most challenging", Reynolds said in an interview with CNN.

Years later, with a mustache gone gray, he suffered from health issues that included open heart surgery. "It proved I could act, not only to the public but me".

Burt Reynolds is survived by one son, whom he adopted with actress and then-wife Loni Anderson. "He showed the way to transition from being an athlete to being the highest paid actor, and he always inspired me". Reynolds often did his own stunts on film and television.

Reynolds had been set to appear in Quentin Tarantino's next film, Once Upon a Hollywood.

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