Burt Reynolds, "Boogie Nights" Actor Dies At Age 82

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Burt Reynolds was an actor and filmmaker who appeared in dozens of films and TV shows over the course of his career.

Reynolds had been battling health issues for some time.

In his later years, Reynolds devoted much of his time to his only son, Quinton, whom he had adopted with Anderson. While the 1970s were promoting newer, more cerebral, less macho stars like Woody Allen and Dustin Hoffman, Reynolds was a holdout, an unapologetic man's man.

From James Bond to Hans Solo in George Lucas' 1977 blockbuster "Star Wars", Reynolds also reportedly was among Paramount Pictures' top choices to play Michael Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 epic "The Godfather".

Reynolds' notoriety soared through the late 1970s and 1980s, during which time he spearheaded the "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Cannonball Run" movie franchises.

Between 1988 and 1993, Burt was married to blonde bombshell Loni Anderson.

The often private actor became rather open about his admiration and love for the 71-year-old actress in his later years, speaking about their relationship as recently as this year. Along the way he turned down such potentially career-making roles as the ex-astronaut in Terms of Endearment, for which Jack Nicholson won an Oscar.

Other "70s icons like Erik Estrada, Dolly Parton and Billy Dee Williams said that Reynolds" presence, both onscreen and off, will be sorely missed. "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.

Burton Leon Reynolds Jnr was born on February 11, 1936, and grew up in Florida.

The Chicago Sun-Times's Roger Ebert and the New York Times's Janet Maslin agreed that his portrayal of Jack Horner was a career highlight: "Burt Reynolds rises to this occasion by giving his best and most suavely amusing performance in many years", the latter wrote, adding that he gave Jack "an extra edge by playing a swaggering, self-important figure very close to the bone".

He began acting after enrolling in a junior college. His performance as a porn-film director in the 1997 film Boogie Nights earned him his only Oscar nomination, for best supporting actor.

Turning his attention to acting, he made the move to NY, struggling to find work for several years until landing a role on stage alongside Charlton Heston in Mr. Roberts in 1956. His first taste of stardom came in the television series Gunsmoke and Dan August. After marrying television actress Loni Anderson, Reynolds chose to produce and star in the sitcom Evening Shade, which ran on CBS from 1990-94. And you always run into some jerks.

In THQ's Saints Row the Third, he portrays the mayor of Steelport, who is none other than "Burt Fucking Reynolds", as your character puts it.

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