Actor Burt Reynolds has died at age 82

Sergio Cunningham
September 7, 2018

According to reports, the star of Smokey and the Bandit, Deliverance and Boogie Nights was recovering from a short illness in hospital when he suffered a heart attack.

He died at the Jupiter Medical Center in Florida, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

His last high-profile gig was the big bad Boss Hogg in the 2005 remake of The Dukes of Hazzard, though Reynolds kept working through the end of his life, most recently signing on to an upcoming Quentin Tarantino movie called Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The actor played porn director Jack Horner in the Paul Thomas Anderson film, though he later famously claimed to "hate" Anderson, and said he never watched "Boogie Nights" all the way through.

"If I had to put only one of my movies in a time capsule, it would be Deliverance", Reynolds wrote in his 2015 memoir But Enough About Me.

"I worked as an actor for 60 years, I must have something I can give", he told CNN.

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

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Reynolds notably turned down an offer to play the space scoundrel Han Solo in the first "Star Wars", and the role of James Bond.

But Reynolds was always a complicated figure, sometimes happy with publicity and often shunning the press, making some unsuccessful career choices amid a turbulent personal life.

He created the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre, a non-profit dedicated to involving the community in all aspects of the arts and preserving Reynolds' legacy for generations to come.

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.

"Burt Reynolds was one of my heroes".

During the peak of his success, he had money, mansions, and wives - including the famous Loni Anderson, whom he divorced in 1993.

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