Movie star Burt Reynolds dies at 82

Burt Reynolds dies at the age of 82

Burt Reynolds dies at the age of 82

Burt Reynolds, the long-time US actor and star of such movies as "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Boogie Nights" has died, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

During the 7-0 loss, Reynolds, who played for the Florida State University Seminoles, was beaten in coverage for the game-winning and only touchdown, which he attributed to injuries on and off the field that season.

Reynolds cited director John Boorman's Oscar-nominated 1972 Deliverance as his best film and said he regretted that the hoopla from his Cosmopolitan appearance detracted from the movie that made him a star. "I've seen women do that (before)", but not men. "The Longest Yard" came out two years later, starring Reynolds as an ex-football player who lands in prison.

Reynolds turned to television and had a successful run on the situation comedy Evening Shade, co-starring Marilu Henner and Charles Durning.

A MI native, Reynolds was born in Lansing on February 11, 1936.

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Reynolds retreated to his adopted home of Florida and opened the Jupiter Theater, a popular spot with local audiences where he directed several productions and appeared in a couple as well.

Reynolds scored another major role as the lead in the Smokey and the Bandit series, which seemed to perfectly fit his image as a smooth and sharply sarcastic country boy with a disregard for authority. Those who knew him have taken to social media to remember his humour and warmth. Reynolds turned his attention to acting, moving to NY, where he struggled for several years until he landed a role in a revival of Mr. Roberts starring Charlton Heston in 1956.

As news of Reynolds' death began to circulate on Thursday, people began to offer condolences and memories of the acclaimed actor, perhaps best known for roles in "Deliverance", "Boogie Nights" and "Smokey and the Bandit". He felt he ruined his chances for an Oscar nomination at the time because of his famous bearskin rug nude photo. And there's one thing they can never take away: "Nobody had more fun than I did".

Reynolds is survived by his son, Quinton Anderson Reynolds.

Reynolds is most famously linked with Loni Anderson, an actress and former pageant queen, to whom he was married from 1988 through 1993.

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