Actor And American Icon Burt Reynolds Dead At 82

Burt Reynolds dies at the age of 82

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

The man who starred in such iconic movies as Smokey and the Bandit, Deliverance, and the Longest Yard, passed away Thursday.

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

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.

Reynolds was a beloved movie and television star, appearing in classics such as Smokey and the Bandit, Boogie Nights and The Cannonball Run. The musician says that Reynolds greeted him with his giant trademark smile and said, "You made my day".

He is survived by adopted son Quinton from his second marriage.

Smokey and the Bandit opened the same year Star Wars hit theaters.

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Sharing a picture of the Boogie Nights actor on her Instagram story, she wrote: 'Very lucky to have met the man, the myth, the legend, Burt Reynolds RIP'.

Reynolds released his memoir, But Enough About Me in 2015 and spoke candidly with ET about his decades-long life in the spotlight.

Born in southern Georgia, Reynolds and his family moved to MI and eventually to southeastern Florida, according to his profile on the website of the Florida Artist Hall of Fame, in which he was inducted in 1993.

At times struggling to walk, Reynolds was given a chair on the celebrity walkway so he could speak to a limited number of reporters about his film "Dog Years".

After appearing in several plays, Reynolds began booking TV roles, and soon broke through with his role in the 1972 thriller "Deliverance". In fact, the role of the former Astronaut in Terms of Endearment was specifically written for Reynolds but he passed it over to do the race vehicle film, Stroker Ace.

College football commentator Lee Corso has been known to joke about the fact that he and Reynolds were roommates at Florida State. After marrying television actress Loni Anderson, Reynolds made a decision to produce and star in the sitcom Evening Shade, which ran on CBS from 1990-94. The movie won Reynolds a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. His scholarship to the Hyde Park Playhouse in NY provided Reynolds valuable mentorship and the platform for what was to become a successful film career. However, it's the roles that Burt Reynolds turned down during the height of his fame that might be more noteworthy.

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