Burt Reynolds Dead: Veteran Actor Dies At 82

Burt Reynolds

Burt Reynolds

The Hollywood star Burt Reynolds has died at the age of 82. The star had undergone a quintuple heart bypass in February 2010 but been working until recently; he was now filming Quentin Tarantino's film about the Charles Manson murders, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood.

Reynolds was known for films including Boogie Nights, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award, Deliverance, The Cannonball Run, and Hooper, in addition to the legendary television series Gunsmoke.

Asked to come up with his own epitaph, Reynolds said, "He lived a hell of a life, and did his best - his very best - not to hurt anybody".

He was married in the 1980s to "WKRP in Cincinnati" star Loni Anderson, with whom he had a son before the couple ended up in a bitter divorce. 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.

However, Reynolds career never gained the subsequent momentum that Boogie Nights suggested it might, and much of his work since consisted of small roles in low budget movies and TV voicework on shows such as King of the Hill and American Dad.

Reynolds was born in Lansing, Michigan, in 1936, and in 1946 moved with his family to Riviera Beach, Florida, where his father became a police chief.

Over two years ago, Reynolds sparked health concerns over his frail appearance.

His role as pornography director Jack Horner in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights" earned him a best supporting actor Oscar nod, an award he was bitterly disappointed to lose in 1998 to Robin Williams for "Good Will Hunting". Reynolds - who played football while he attended Florida State University - played an ex-professional football player who returns to rural Evening Shade, Arkansas, to coach a losing high-school football team.

Actor Burt Reynolds, who played good ol' boys and rugged action heroes in an acting career that spanned seven decades, has died. However, it's the roles that Burt Reynolds turned down during the height of his fame that might be more noteworthy.

Reynolds had recently been announced as playing a part in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and has Defining Moments coming out later this year.

He would later call Field "the one that got away".

"I think mostly because he was young and full of himself", Reynolds said of Anderson in a GQ interview in 2015.

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