Burt Reynolds, Star Of Smokey And The Bandit, Dies At Age 82


Burt Reynolds, Star Of Smokey And The Bandit, Dies At Age 82

Best known in the automotive world for his role in the 1977 movie "Smokey and the Bandit", Reynolds was an instant icon associated with a black Pontiac Trans Am with a gold decal on its hood-the infamous "screaming chicken".

Born Burton Leon Reynolds Jr, the actor often claimed to have been born in Waycross, Georgia, yet admitted in his autobiography But Enough About Me that his life actually began in Lansing, Michigan, and he grew up in Palm Beach, Florida.

Tributes flooded in for Reynolds from fans and fellow actors, as well as his co-stars.

Burt Reynolds helped promote the auction of the promo auto, which came with a batch of memorabilia.

The Oscar-nominated movie star died this morning in Florida, his manager Erik Krtizer told the Hollywood Reporter.

A cause of death has not yet been released. This was a previous health concern for the actor, who underwent heart surgery in 2010.

During the 1970s and 80s, Mr Reynolds was one of Hollywood's most popular leading men.

He starred in the critically acclaimed John Boorman thriller Deliverance in 1972, but it would be 25 years later before he would receive his one and only Oscar nomination for playing pornographic filmmaker Jack Horner in Boogie Nights. While Reynolds ended up losing the award to Good Will Hunting's Robin Williams, he did take home a Golden Globe.

Two of Reynold's own "Bandit" Pontiac Trans-Ams have crossed the auction block over the years. The actor was also slated to appear in Quentin Tarantino's Manson family drama Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which is now scheduled to debut in July 2019.

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.

The Georgia native, whose easy-going charms and handsome looks drew prominent roles in films such as "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Boogie Nights", suffered a cardiac arrest, Eisner said.

Reynolds was married to actresses Judy Carne from 1963 to 1965 and Loni Anderson from 1988 to 1993.



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