Burt Reynolds Passes Away 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

Actor Burt Reynolds has died, according to multiple reports. Reynolds continued to support Florida State after becoming a big-time Hollywood star and was often spotted on the sidelines or in the stands during gameday.

The actor suffered cardiac arrest and died at Jupiter Medical in Florida on Thursday morning, surrounded by his family, manager Erik Kritzer told the Hollywood Reporter. He was cast in the upcoming Quentin Tarantino directed "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood", scheduled for release next year. Reynolds also checked into a drug rehab clinic in 2009.

"My career is not like a regular chart, mine looks like a heart attack", he told The Associated Press in 2001. In 1977's Smokey and the Bandit, Jackie Gleason was Smokey the sheriff, Burt Reynolds was Bandit, and the plot hinged on whether Bandit and a truck-driving pal could blow through Smokey's roadblocks and make the run in 28 hours.

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Reynolds was nominated for an Oscar for his role in "Boogie Nights". The same year Woody Allen cast him in a small comedic role in his film Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex.

Very early in his TV career, he played Quint on Gunsmoke. During a five-year stretch that began in the late 1970's, Reynolds was the No. 1 box-office attraction where he was the top-grossing star.

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

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Reynolds in 1972 starred alongside Jon Voight, Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox in Deliverance, a film about four Atlanta businessmen and buddies who took a canoe trip on a remote Georgia river that went terribly wrong. His father was in the military, and the family briefly lived in MI before settling in Florida when Reynolds was 10 years old. Deliverance, Boogie Nights... some great ones.

"I took the part that was the most fun". The actor was one of the biggest movie stars of the 1970s, with films such as The Cannonball Run and Smokey and the Bandit making him a household name. The famed actor was married to Judy Carne from 1963 until 1965 and Loni Anderson from 1988 until 1993.

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