Burt Reynolds, star of ‘Smokey and the Bandit,’ dies at Florida hospital at 82
For decades, Burt Reynolds graced both the big and small screens in iconic roles such as Quint in the 1955 Western drama “Gunsmoke,” truck driver Bo “Bandit” Darville in the 1977 film “Smokey and the Bandit” and porn director Jack Horner in the 1997 film “Boogie Nights.”
But on Thursday his long-running acting career came to an end, when the Michigan-born actor died in a Florida hospital at the age of 82.
His death was confirmed Thursday by his agent Todd Eisner, who did not immediately have further details.
According to TMZ, Reynolds died of a heart attack. His family was by his side when he passed.
Many actors, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, tweeted their condolences to the actor’s family shortly after learning about his passing.
Despite his long-running acting career — with more than 180 acting credits, in addition to his time as a director, producer, writer and more roles — he was only ever nominated for an Academy Award once, for his role in “Boogie Nights.”
But Reynolds racked up the wins and nominations for the Golden Globes, most notably for his roles in “Boogie Nights” and the 1990 comedy television series “Evening Shade.”
However, his run at the big screen did not always come with success: Reynolds won twice and was nominated six times for a Golden Raspberry Award, a mock award to recognize the worst in film.
His personal life also provided ongoing drama, particularly after an acrimonious divorce from Loni Anderson in 1995. He had a troubled marriage to Judy Carne, a romance with Dinah Shore and a relationship with Sally Field damaged by his acknowledged jealousy of her success.
Through it all he presented a genial persona, often the first to make fun of his own conflicted image.
“My career is not like a regular chart, mine looks like a heart attack,” he told The Associated Press in 2001.
“I’ve done over 100 films, and I’m the only actor who has been canned by all three networks. I epitomize longevity.”
Reynolds was candid about his flops, his regrets and about his many famous friends.
He would call posing nude for Cosmopolitan one of his biggest mistakes because it undermined the respect he had gained for “Deliverance.” He revered Spencer Tracy as an early mentor and came to know Johnny Carson, Clint Eastwood, Frank Sinatra and many others.
Despite some hiccups on and off the screen, Reynolds continued to have a successful acting career.
He will star in the 2018 comedy “Defining Moments” and was filming “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” at the time of his death. The drama, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, was set to come out in 2019.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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