Burt Reynolds Dies, Aged 82 | News

08 September, 2018, 22:46 | Author: Irvin Gilbert
  • Burt Reynolds. Sept. 21 1972

Celebrities are taking to social media to mourn the death of popular film star Burt Reynolds, who has died at age 82, multiple news outlets have confirmed, including The Hollywood Reporter, Variety and CBS News.

The Hollywood star died Thursday morning at Jupiter Medical Centre in Florida after suffering a fatal cardiac arrest.

Reynolds became a sex icon in the '70s and '80s, exuding a rugged, irresistible kind of manliness with his stark mustache and charming swagger.

Burt Reynolds, a staple of machismo-fueled, good ol' boy movies from the 1970s and 1980s and an Emmy victor for his role on TV's Evening Shade, died of a heart attack on Thursday. "I wanted her really bad for Smokey and they said, 'Well, she's not sexy.' And I said, 'You don't get it, talent is sexy.' And she's got that".

His career fell into the doldrums in the 1980s through a poor choice of roles but he made a critically-acclaimed comeback with Boogie Nights in 1997. He continued to appear in films in lesser but sometimes noteworthy roles. He leaves behind a son, Quinton, whom he'd adopted with his ex-wife, WKRP in Cincinnati actress Loni Anderson.

He starred in dozens of films, also including White Lightning (1973), W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings (1975), Hustle (1975), Nickelodeon (1976) and Semi-Tough (1977).

"Even now, it's hard on me", he told Vanity Fair. Reynolds' niece Nancy Lee Hess confirmed the new in a statement: "My uncle was looking forward to working with Quentin Tarantino, and the incredible cast that was assembled".

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Burt Reynolds first began his acting career in the late 1950s and 1960s with a number of TV roles, including that of Ben Frazer in Western adventure series Riverboat and that of Quint in the show Gunsmoke.

He was considered box office gold in the 1970s and early 80s with such films as "Smokey and the Bandit", "Starting Over", and "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas".

"NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. tweeted: "'Stroker Ace was born to race' Much respect to you Burt Reynolds.

"He returned to Florida State in 1957 but once again was sidelined by injury, which ended a promising career", the Seminoles added.

He later said he regretted that centerfold image, which showed Reynold's spread out across a bearskin rug, and said it distracted attention from his "Deliverance" co-stars and likely cost them an Academy Award. Reynolds would often substitute for Carson as a guest host.

Speaking to The Guardian in 2015, Reynolds said he had still never seen the entire film and that he "hates" the movie. He later rose to fame during the 1970s starring "Deliverance".

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