Burt Reynolds Dead at 82


Burt Reynolds, the long-time USA actor and star of such movies as "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Boogie Nights" has died, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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. In 2010, Reynolds underwent a quintuple heart bypass one year after entering rehab to end a reliance on prescription drug habit acquired after back surgery.

Reynolds' high-speed hijinks in "Smokey and The Bandit" made him the biggest star in the world, and turned the black and gold 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am he drove in it into an American muscle auto legend. Reynolds shared the screen with his fair share of legendary actresses, including Jill Clayburgh, Candice Bergen, Dolly Parton, Goldie Hawn, and Julie Andrews. The couple adopted a son, Quinton Anderson Reynolds. In March, he said on the "Today" show that ex-girlfriend Sally Field, who was also his co-star in "Smokey and the Bandit", was the love of his life.

Reynolds released his memoir, But Enough About Me in 2015 and spoke candidly with ET about his decades-long life in the spotlight.

Reynolds was born February 11, 1936, in Lansing, Michigan, and moved to Riviera, Florida, where his war-hero father Milo was the chief of police.

At Palm Beach Junior College one of his English teachers Watson B. Duncan III pressed Reynolds to take a role in one of the college's drama productions and Reynolds later won the Florida State Drama Award for his performance. Reynolds proved he was still a relevant actor by earning an Academy Award nomination and Golden Globe win for Boogie Nights, a movie in which he played pornographic film producer Jack Horner.

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Reynolds played football at Florida State for three years.

Reynolds was last seen publicly in April at the Tribeca Film Festival, where he was helped onto the red carpet by Robert De Niro.

His acting career began on stage in NY in the 1950s.

Reynolds had been offered the part of Han Solo, actually, and turned it down, just as he'd turned down the role of James Bond, and would later turn down Pretty Woman.

But Burt Reynolds shined the brightest in the late 1970s after starring in the high-speed action adventure Smokey and the Bandit in 1977. I don't know why I was so stupid.