Film star Burt Reynolds dies aged 82

Sep 07, 2018, 01:13
Film star Burt Reynolds dies aged 82

In a statement to the Press Association, a spokesman for Reynolds said the star died in Jupiter, Florida, on Thursday morning after suffering a heart attack.

His agent Todd Eisner, told NBC News that he had died of cardiac arrest.

Tennis great Boris Becker described Reynolds in a tweet as "one of the last icons in Hollywood", while "Lord of the Rings" star Elijah Wood lamented the "passing of a legend".

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. Still, he'll be remembered by more than one generation for the likes of The Cannonball Run, The Player and his Oscar-nominated role in Boogie Nights.

The film was a massive success, and earned $126 million at the box office, which today would equate to $508 million. "By the time I finally woke up and tried to get it right, nobody would give me a chance".

From there, Reynolds appeared on Broadway but also started notching up guest roles on TV series such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Twilight Zone, from which he graduated to starring roles in shows including Gunsmoke (where he played a Native American for three years) Hawk and Dan August.

Later that decade, took those versatile comedic talents back to TV - winning an Emmy for the sitcom "Evening Shade".

Smith's most memorable Reynolds reference was in Mallrats, when T.S. and Brodie talk with Alyssa Jones about a party during which Alyssa had sex with Clerks baddie Rick Derris on a pool table, while Rick and Alyssa were dressed as Smokey and The Bandit.

Reynolds was married and divorced twice, first in the 1960s to comedienne Judy Carne and then to television actress Loni Anderson. This was a previous health concern for the actor, who underwent heart surgery in 2010. "He showed the way to transition from being an athlete to being the highest paid actor, and he always inspired me".

"Reynolds" film career began with 1961's Angel Baby, and he quickly began winning leading parts in movies including Navajo Joe and Operation CIA.

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