Published: Thu, September 06, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Rick Owen

Hollywood legend Burt Reynolds dead at 82

Hollywood legend Burt Reynolds dead at 82

Reynolds died after suffering from cardiac arrest, his agent Todd Eisner said, according to CNN.

Stars have taken to social media to pay tribute to Reynolds. That film, which details the Manson family and their reign of terror over Hollywood, is set to be premiere in 2019.

Reynolds has also become well known for the roles that he turned down over the years.

"My career is not like a regular chart, mine looks like a heart attack", he told The Associated Press in 2001.

Actors Ralph Macchio and Kevin Smith also paid tribute to the star, remembering their childhoods watching him in "Smokey the Bandit". For better or worse, those roles were tailor-made for Burt Reynolds. He also developed a reputation as a philanthropist, especially in his home state of Florida, where he helped found the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre. He began appearing on television in the late '50s, but it wasn't until 1962 that he secured a consistent role as the half-Native American blacksmith Quint Asper on "Gunsmoke". He also won a Golden Globe for his role as porn director Jack Horner in Boogie Nights in 1997 and was also nominated for an Oscar for the same role that year.

Still, Reynolds had plenty other roles in which he could revel in - the MI native was the top-grossing movie star in Hollywood for each year from 1978 to 1982.

Reynolds, known for "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Deliverance", among other major cinematic productions, is survived by his son, Quinton.

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

More details to come... Despite those two trips down the aisle, the love of Reynolds' life appeared to be his "Smokey and the Bandit" co-star Field, who he famously described as the one who got away.

"I took the part that was the most fun". After that, from 1978 through 1982, Burt Reynolds was Hollywood's top-grossing star every single year. The famed actor was married to Judy Carne from 1963 until 1965 and Loni Anderson from 1988 until 1993.

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