Burt Reynolds, Swaggering Star Actor, Has Died At 82

Burt Reynolds, Swaggering Star Actor, Has Died At 82

The actor was born on February 11, 1936 in Lansing, Mich., and at age 10 moved with his family to Florida, where he played high school football.

Reynolds preferred doing his own stunts in the action movies he starred in, and even ended up in the hospital after he crashed his canoe into a bunch of rocks filming for Deliverance after he said the scene looked fake when they tried to use a dummy.

He then scored small parts in the late 1950s before landing a role in the New York City Center revival of "Mister Roberts" in 1957, as well as a recurring spot in the TV series "Gunsmoke".

Three years ago, he said during an interview that the love of his life was Sally Field, his co-star in "Smokey and the Bandit". Reynolds had lived in Florida for many years and had suffered ill health in recent years.

Reynolds was nominated for an Oscar for his role as a porn director in the 1997 movie, Boogie Nights.

Reynolds, who famously turned down the roles of James Bond and Han Solo, never-the-less forged a film career that marked him out as a singular talent.

Reynolds continued to act regularly over the next four decades, notably starring in the "Cannonball Run" franchise in the '80s and the sitcom "Evening Shade" in the early '90s.

Born in southern Georgia, Reynolds and his family moved to MI and eventually to southeastern Florida, according to his profile on the website of the Florida Artist Hall of Fame, in which he was inducted in 1993.

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Several entertainment institutions also honored Reynolds.

Reynolds passed away at Jupiter Medical Centre in Florida.

Just after the news broke, celebrity admirers and others took to social media to offer condolences and pay tribute to Reynolds.

Reynolds and Anderson had one son, Quinton. To this day, Smokey and the Bandit remains the star's most successful endeavor.

Still, Reynolds had plenty other roles in which he could revel in - the MI native was the top-grossing movie star in Hollywood for each year from 1978 to 1982.

He famously posed nude for a Cosmo magazine in 1972 on a bearskin rug, although he reportedly regretted the photo shoot years later, saying "It was really stupid".

Reynolds was married to Judy Crane from 1963 to 1965 and Loni Anderson from 1988 to 1993.

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