Hollywood actor Burt Reynolds dies aged 82

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07 September, 2018

The Hollywood star Burt Reynolds has died at the age of 82.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, his manager Erik Kritzer said that the elderly performer passed away Thursday morning at Jupiter Medical in Florida.

In recent years, Reynolds also battled his health; he was injured while filming City Heat, underwent back surgery in 2009 and a quintuple heart bypass in 2010. For the remainder of the "70s and the first half of the "80s, Reynolds ruled the box office, racking up hit after hit as a rebellious, Southern-fried good ol" boy in the Cannonball Run and Smokey and the Bandit films".

Reynolds and Anderson had one son, Quinton. In March, he said on the "Today" show that ex-girlfriend Sally Field, who was also his co-star in "Smokey and the Bandit", was the love of his life. Reynolds kept trying to win an Oscar in his later life, with his first nomination coming in 1997 for Boogie Nights.

He recently released his autobiography, But Enough About Me, in 2015.

Burton Milo Reynolds Jr. was born in Waycross, GA, on February 11, 1936.

Reynold's singular, inimitable brand of suave masculinity slowly went out of popular style over the years, and a string of recent auctions featuring his possessions would indicate a few financial struggles along the way.

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Reynolds in 1972 starred alongside Jon Voight, Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox in Deliverance, a film about four Atlanta businessmen and buddies who took a canoe trip on a remote Georgia river that went terribly wrong.

Reynolds made his directing debut with 1976 action film Gator and 1978's black comedy The End.

His acting career began on stage in NY in the 1950s.

Reynolds attended college in Florida on a football scholarship, but when knee injuries ruined his football career, he took up acting while in junior college.

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

"I didn't open myself to new writers or risky parts because I wasn't interested in challenging myself as an actor". In the movie, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, Reynolds was to play George Spahn, the blind rancher who owned the property that Charles Manson and his followers were living on when they hatched their most infamous murders.

Actor Wesley Snipes referenced a line from Smokey And The Bandit in his tribute to Reynolds. I know I'm old, but I feel young.


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