Hollywood actor Burt Reynolds dies aged 82

Tabitha Dunn
September 7, 2018

The Oscar-nominated movie star died this morning in Florida, his manager Erik Krtizer told the Hollywood Reporter.

The actor played porn director Jack Horner in the Paul Thomas Anderson film, though he later famously claimed to "hate" Anderson, and said he never watched "Boogie Nights" all the way through.

Reynolds was best known as an action star, often preferring to do his own stunts, but balanced his resume with romantic, comedic and dramatic parts, too, earning his lone Oscar nomination in 1998 for "Boogie Nights". "By the time I finally woke up and tried to get it right, nobody would give me a chance".

Later that decade, took those versatile comedic talents back to TV - winning an Emmy for the sitcom "Evening Shade". Two years earlier, he broke taboo and posed nude in Cosmopolitan magazine, which helped cement his growing status as a sex symbol.

Reynolds' notoriety soared through the late 1970s and 1980s, during which time he spearheaded the "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Cannonball Run" movie franchises.

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From James Bond to Hans Solo in George Lucas' 1977 blockbuster "Star Wars", Reynolds also reportedly was among Paramount Pictures' top choices to play Michael Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 epic "The Godfather". 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.

The moustachioed actor had undergone heart bypass surgery in 2010. In 1988, he married actress Loni Anderson, but that also ended bitterly in 1993. "He showed the way to transition from being an athlete to being the highest paid actor, and he always inspired me".

Reynolds had been set to appear in Quentin Tarantino's next film, Once Upon a Hollywood.

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.

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