Actor Burt Reynolds dead at age 82

07 September, 2018, 01:12 | Author: Angelina Schmidt
  • Burt Reynolds dies at the age of 82

Reynolds' high-speed hijinks in "Smokey and The Bandit" made him the biggest star in the world, and turned the black and gold 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am he drove in it into an American muscle vehicle legend.

The actor, who was known to have a hot temper, starred in several critically acclaimed movies but leaned more toward popular fare often panned by critics.

As news of the star's death broke, fans took to Twitter to express the grief for Reynolds' death.

"The entire Florida State University family is saddened to learn we have lost our good friend Burt Reynolds".

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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.

"Reynolds" film career began with 1961's Angel Baby, and he quickly began winning leading parts in movies including Navajo Joe and Operation CIA.

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

Years later, with a mustache gone gray, he suffered from health issues that included open heart surgery.

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One of America's most prominent sex symbols, he was known for posing nude in Cosmopolitan magazine in 1972.

Two of Reynold's own "Bandit" Pontiac Trans-Ams have crossed the auction block over the years. Nevertheless, he had continued to act and was reportedly set to appear in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which is now in production.

The actor played porn director Jack Horner in the Paul Thomas Anderson film, though he later famously claimed to "hate" Anderson, and said he never watched "Boogie Nights" all the way through. That film is scheduled to be released in 2019. That same year he also made an appearance on Armored Command. He also "backed away" from playing Batman on TV in the '60s.

His love life also drew headlines after a high-profile divorce to actress Loni Anderson preceded Reynolds bankruptcy filing in 1996, amid a budding romance with actor Sally Field.

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