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Hollywood actor Burt Reynolds dies, aged 82

Hollywood heartthrob and Oscar nominee Burt Reynolds has died at the age of 82.

7th September 2018
/ By Andrew Wooding

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Reynolds – famed for Smokey and the Bandit and Deliverance – passed away after suffering a heart attack at a Florida hospital with his family at his side, according to reports.

He had not yet filmed his part for Quentin Tarantino's latest feature Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, which he was due to appear in alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and Al Pacino.

Many celebrities took to Twitter to share their love for him.

US chat show host, Conan O'Brien, wrote: "RIP Burt Reynolds. He was like no other."

Comedian, Adam Sandler, tweeted: "Burt Reynolds. True legend. Our hero. Funny as hell and a for-real badass. So many great movies. So many great stories. Such a great Dad. Will be missed by all. Deepest condolences to his family."

And movie director, Kevin Smith, posted: "Just bawled my eyes out watching the beautiful gem #TheLastMovieStar - in honor of the late, great #BurtReynolds. @AdamRifkin - you gave him such an amazing gift with this flick. The scene where he apologizes to Claudia is some of Burt’s career-best acting."

The star was born in Lansing, Michigan, US, in 1936 and, initially, hoped to be a professional American footballer but, after suffering a knee injury, had to find another passion.

Reynolds was cast in his English professor's play and soon found himself with an agent – thanks to Joanne Woodward – and on Broadway in the show Look, We've Come Through.

After several film and TV appearances, the actor shot to fame playing Lewis Medlock in triple Oscar-nominated thriller Deliverance, in 1972.

From there his career went from strength to strength, bagging lead roles in White Lightning (1973), Lucky Lady (1975) and Smokey and the Bandit (1977) and was even offered the role of James Bond by producer Albert R. Broccoli.

Reynolds rejected the role, stating: "An American can't play James Bond. It just can't be done."

Other notable performances include J. J. McClure in The Cannonball Run (1981) and Jack Horner in Boogie Nights (1997), for which he was nominated for an Academy Award and BAFTA award as Best Supporting Actor.

He won two Golden Globes in his career – one for Boogie Nights and another for his work on TV series Evening Shade.