Burt Reynolds dies at 82

Burt Reynolds dies at the age of 82

Burt Reynolds dies at the age of 82

Burt Reynolds, the film icon who starred in popular films including Smokey and the Bandit and The Longest Yard has died at age 82 in Florida, his manager told The Hollywood Reporter.

Reynolds was a star football player in the 1950s at Florida State University, but his career was cut short by injuries before he could turn pro.

Actors Ralph Macchio and Kevin Smith also paid tribute to the star, remembering their childhoods watching him in "Smokey the Bandit". After that, from 1978 through 1982, Burt Reynolds was Hollywood's top-grossing star every single year.

Toward the end of the decade he received critical kudos for his performance as a self-deluded porno director in Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights, which brought him an Oscar nomination for supporting actor.

Reynold's Hollywood career skyrocketed in the '70s for his breakout role as Lewis Medlock in 1972's "Deliverance".

While his popularity waned relatively, Reynolds continued to score movie and TV roles into the 1990s.

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A MI native, Reynolds was born in Lansing on February 11, 1936.

Born in MI in 1936, Reynolds played football for Florida State University before injuries ended his sports career and he moved into acting.

Afterwards, Reynolds had a brief stopover in NY where he appeared in several theatrical productions before moving out west to Hollywood.

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". Once again, Reynolds played a suave former football star.

The star was best known for his roles in "Deliverance", "Boogie Nights" and "Smokey and the Bandit", and appeared in countless movies over his 60-year career. "I took the part that was the most fun - 'Oh, this will be fun.' I didn't take the part that would be the most challenging", told television interviewer Piers Morgan in 2012. Reynolds had also been in relationships with Dinah Shore, Inger Stevens, Chris Evert, Judy Carne, Loni Anderson, and mentioned dating Hawn and Farrah Fawcett in his memoir.

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