U.S. actor, Burt Reynolds, is dead

Emmett Rice
September 7, 2018

Burt Reynolds, whose credits included acclaimed films such as "Deliverance" and commercial hits like "Smokey and the Bandit", has died.

The famously suave 82-year-old, a huge box office draw at his peak who earned a reputation as a hard-drinking playboy, suffered a heart attack at a hospital in Florida, his manager Erik Kritzer told the Hollywood Reporter.

The star had undergone a quintuple heart bypass in February 2010 but been working until recently; he was now filming Quentin Tarantino's film about the Charles Manson murders, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood.

Reynolds, who starred in popular films like Deliverance, Smokey and the Bandit, The Cannonball Run, and Boogie Nights, had reportedly been dealing with health problems recently. "I was interested in having a good time", Reynolds wrote in his 2015 memoir, "But Enough About Me". "It proved I could act, not only to the public but me". "By the time I finally woke up and tried to get it right, nobody would give me a chance".

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Burt Reynold's first major role as a player in Angel Baby. But Reynolds never had any regrets for how his life turned out.

From there, Reynolds appeared on Broadway but also started notching up guest roles on TV series such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Twilight Zone, from which he graduated to starring roles in shows including Gunsmoke (where he played a Native American for three years) Hawk and Dan August.

Despite finding success early on in his career, one of Reynolds' largest roles came decades later, when he played porn director Jack Horner in Paul Thomas Anderson's 1997 film Boogie Nights. In 1988, he married actress Loni Anderson, but that also ended bitterly in 1993.

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. "He showed the way to transition from being an athlete to being the highest paid actor, and he always inspired me".

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