Burt Reynolds, star of such classics like “Smokey and the Bandit” and “Deliverance” is dead at the age of 82. In the span of his career, he featured in some of the most iconic movies of the 70’s and 80’s. His manager, Erik Kritzer, told The Hollywood Reporter that Reynolds passed on at the Jupiter Medical Center in Florida on Thursday morning following a cardiopulmonary arrest.
Reynolds always had that signature wink in his movies and seemed to be in it for the fun, not the fame. His charisma on screen playing porn director Jack Horner in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights" (1997) earned him an Oscar nomination.
His first appearance in a film was in "Angel Baby" (1961). He picked up a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his Jack Horner performance in "Boogie Nights." Deliverance was perhaps Reynold’s standout moment as this 1972 film earned him three Academy Award nominations and five Golden Globe nominations.
His fame waned in the 80’s but playing football coach Wood Newton in "Evening Shade" was the spark he needed to get his career back on track. More recently, Quentin Tarantino cast him in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”
Fans around the world are paying tribute to the late actor whose charm brought a lot of laughs and smiles.
Reynolds’ contributions to the film industry in America are a testament to his skill and goodwill. We pray his family finds the strength they need in their time of loss.