'Smokey and the Bandit' star Burt Reynolds dies at 82

Burt Reynolds dies at the age of 82

Reynolds was the star of a number of successful films, including Deliverance, The Longest Yard, and Smokey and the Bandit.

Filmmaker and geek icon Kevin Smith took to social media today to praise action movie legend Burt Reynolds, who passed away today at age 82.

Two years earlier, the actor underwent heart surgery after his doctor found his arteries were closed during a routine physical. Reynolds shared the screen with his fair share of legendary actresses, including Jill Clayburgh, Candice Bergen, Dolly Parton, Goldie Hawn, and Julie Andrews.

He is survived by adopted son Quinton from his second marriage. He rode that wave to starring in films like The Longest Yard and Lucky Lady, even becoming famous enough to play himself in Mel Brooks' spoof Silent Movie. "And I've had a good time through it all".

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. He also earned People's Choice Awards in 1979, 1982 and 1983 as all-around male entertainer of the year.

Reynolds was a winking, macho star both on TV and on the silver screen, collecting hundreds of credits and earning acclaim from fans and critics alike.

With his devil-may-care attitude, a permanent twinkle in his eyes and his trademark mustache, good-ol"-boy Reynolds was the bankable box-office star of the 1970s and early "80s - accumulating a string of box-office hits and unforgettable appearances on "The Tonight Show" couch with his "dear friend", host Johnny Carson".

Mr Reynolds' work peaked in 1977 with his role as a porn film director in Boogie Nights, which won him an Oscar nomination.

A MI native transplanted to Florida, he was an American football player in his youth, but switched to acting after a knee injury was aggravated by a auto accident. His acting career began on television in the 1950s before moving into film.

Reynolds turned down the roles of Han Solo in Star Wars, astronaut Garrett Breedlove in Terms of Endearment and John McClane in Die Hard.

Reynolds will mostly be remembered for his contributions to film, though he also had a pretty significant impact on the sports world. I don't know why I was so stupid. And there's one thing they can never take away: "Nobody had more fun than I did".

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