Published: Fri, September 07, 2018
Life&Culture | By Mildred Hamilton

Actor Burt Reynolds dead at age 82

Actor Burt Reynolds dead at age 82

Burt Reynolds was among the biggest movie stars of the 1970s thanks to performances like those in Deliverance, Smokey and the Bandit and The Longest Yard. He was so interested in continuing his success as a star that he would repeatedly turn down more challenging roles in favor of slighter fare that he figured that audiences wanted from him.

Celebrities reacted to news of the actor's death, sharing memories of Reynolds and appreciation for his body of work.

Deliverance was the one that made him famous.

He had a long relationship with his "Smokey and the Bandit" co-star Sally Field.

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Reynolds had been battling health issues in past years. The late actor even had four movies playing in the theater at the same time in 1978. That kind of star power has been rarely seen since then, and may never be seen again.

"Reynolds" appeal lay in his post-modern macho posture undercut by a wry self-awareness, which he used to good effect in comedies as well as action films.

Reynolds turned down the roles of Han Solo in Star Wars, astronaut Garrett Breedlove in Terms of Endearment and John McClane in Die Hard. He was cast as "Quint Asper" in the popular Gunsmoke series as well as earlier roles in other shows, including Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Perry Mason. Along the way he turned down such potentially career-making roles as the ex-astronaut in Terms of Endearment, for which Jack Nicholson won an Oscar.

In 1998, Reynolds received his first Academy Award nod, for a supporting role in Boogie Nights that also earned him a Golden Globe.

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Burt Reynolds has died at the age of 82, can confirm.

The Burt Reynolds Ranch was a sprawling 153-acre estate, which included a petting zoo which was used for filming scenes for Smokey and the Bandit.

He recently starred in "The Last Movie Star", which was released in March, about the story of a forgotten Hollywood icon. Reynolds was now shooting Quentin Tarantino's upcoming film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie. It is not clear if he had finished shooting his scenes in the period drama.

One of the biggest names in film and having cemented his place in Hollywood history, how much was Burt Reynolds worth?

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Burt Reynolds has played an important part in Palm Beach County's modern history and the impact he has had on their community is a vital part of that history.

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