Burt Reynolds, Star Of Smokey And The Bandit, Dies At Age 82

Burt Reynolds, Star Of Smokey And The Bandit, Dies At Age 82

Burt Reynolds, Star Of Smokey And The Bandit, Dies At Age 82

Burt Reynolds, the macho, mustachioed "Smokey and the Bandit" star, has reportedly died.

In a statement to the Press Association, a spokesman for Reynolds said the star died in Jupiter, Florida, on Thursday morning after suffering a heart attack.

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

Born in Lansing, Michigan, on February 11 1936, Reynolds was a college football star, impressing for Florida State University. And while Reynolds is best known for his freewheeling, hellbent badass onscreen presence, he might never have leaped into Bandit's Camaro had he been just a little bit better football player.

Reynolds suffered from several health issues in recent years.


In 1972, he made his breakthrough performance in the Oscar-nominated "Deliverance", the film he remained the most proud of throughout his career.

He rebooted his career in the 1990s, after a series of film failures, with "Evening Shade", a CBS sitcom. He also earned People's Choice Awards in 1979, 1982 and 1983 as all-around male entertainer of the year.

Reynolds had visited New Zealand to make the 2004 film Without a Paddle, alongside Seth Green. When it comes to his legacy, the actor said he knows exactly how he wants to be remembered: "He worked hard, he was always on time and knew his lines, and he tried really hard to be a good guy". His scholarship to the Hyde Park Playhouse in NY provided Reynolds valuable mentorship and the platform for what was to become a successful film career. Among his other car-related acting credits, Reynolds appeared in the 2005 remake of "The Dukes of Hazzard", in 1981's "The Cannonball Run", and in an episode of "Archer". For better or worse, those roles were tailor-made for Burt Reynolds. His role as a porn filmmaker in the acclaimed "Boogie Nights" (1997) earned the actor his lone Academy Award nomination. He also referred to Field as "the love of my life" during his 2015 interview with ET.

After losing the Oscar he continued to work regularly in indifferent projects like The Crew, Mystery, Alaska and Universal Soldier III. The couple adopted a son, Quinton.

Reynolds had also been in relationships with Dinah Shore, Inger Stevens, Chris Evert, Judy Carne, Loni Anderson, and mentioned dating Hawn and Farrah Fawcett in his memoir.

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