Actor Burt Reynolds dead at age 82

Burt Reynolds dies at the age of 82

R.I.P. Burt Reynolds, Boogie Nights and Deliverance actor has died at 82

Burt Reynolds, the macho, mustachioed "Smokey and the Bandit" star, has reportedly died. The actor was also slated to appear in Quentin Tarantino's Manson family drama Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which is now scheduled to debut in July 2019.

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".

Reynolds, who moved into acting after injuries curtailed a career in American football, was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in 1997 film Boogie Nights. "I was interested in having a good time", Reynolds wrote in his 2015 memoir, "But Enough About Me".

"I didn't open myself to new writers or risky parts because I wasn't interested in challenging myself as an actor".

"It was the only time I saw men get up, sick, and walk out of a theater", he added.

It also proved a hit in Reynolds' personal life, too.

The role, which he later regretted turning down, was taken up by Jack Nicholson, who took home an Oscar.

After appearing in several plays, Reynolds began booking TV roles, and soon broke through with his role in the 1972 thriller "Deliverance".

Social media reacted with sadness and with tributes to Reynolds Thursday, pointing out his iconic roles and the example he set for stars on the rise.

The late Burt Reynolds played over 100 characters during his six-decade career, but he'll always be synonymous with one: The Bandit. "He was a trailblazer", Schwarzenegger said in a tweet.

Once among Hollywood's highest-paid actors, Reynolds later fell into financial trouble amid private ventures in an Atlanta restaurant and a professional sports team, though he continued to make cameo appearances and teach acting classes. He also had a great sense of humor - check out his Tonight Show clips.

Reynolds recently starred in "The Last Movie Star", which was released in March, about the story of a forgotten Hollywood icon.

FSU Football shared a photo of Reynolds in his football uniform with the caption "RIP Burt".

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