Smokey and the Bandit Star Burt Reynolds Dead at 82

Burt Reynolds dies at the age of 82

From 1978 to 1982, Reynolds was Hollywood's top-grossing star, and films like Smokey and the Bandit and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas made him a favorite among fans looking for some carefree entertainment.

Born Burton Leon Reynolds Jr, the actor often claimed to have been born in Waycross, Georgia, yet admitted in his autobiography But Enough About Me that his life actually began in Lansing, Michigan, and he grew up in Palm Beach, Florida.

Tributes poured in for the late star, including from fellow actor Arnold Schwarzenegger and other celebrities.

"The entire Florida State University family is saddened to learn we have lost our good friend Burt Reynolds".

He died on Thursday morning at Jupiter Medical Center in Florida, which was confirmed by his manager Erik Kritzer to The Hollywood Reporter.

He shot to fame in the 1972 film, Deliverance, and starred in Smokey and the Bandit, Boogie Nights and The Cannonball Run.

While THR didn't include a cause of death, The Daily Mail reports that Reynolds died of a heart attack.

The moustachioed actor had undergone heart bypass surgery in 2010.

During the 1970s and 80s, Mr Reynolds was one of Hollywood's most popular leading men.

Mr Reynolds' work peaked in 1977 with his role as a porn film director in Boogie Nights, which won him an Oscar nomination.

Reynolds, named the top box office draw for five consecutive years by The National Association of Theatre Owners, was an Oscar nominee, a two-time Golden Globe victor, and the recipient of the People's Choice Award for six straight years. Nevertheless, he had continued to act and was reportedly set to appear in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which is now in production. That film is scheduled to be released in 2019. The actor reportedly turned down the roles of both Han Solo in Star Wars and John McClane in Die Hard.

Burt Reynolds is survived by one son, whom he adopted with actress and then-wife Loni Anderson.

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