Celebrities share their sorrow at passing of actor Burt Reynolds, 82

Celebrities share their sorrow at passing of actor Burt Reynolds, 82

Celebrities share their sorrow at passing of actor Burt Reynolds, 82

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

TMZ reports that Reynolds suffered a heart attack and passed away at a Florida hospital on Thursday.

In recent years, Reynolds also battled his health; he was injured while filming City Heat, underwent back surgery in 2009 and a quintuple heart bypass in 2010.

Reynolds, who famously turned down the roles of James Bond and Han Solo, never-the-less forged a film career that marked him out as a singular talent. "When you crash and burn, you have to pick yourself up and go on and hope to make up for it", Reynolds said in an interview in March with USA TODAY.

He was married in the 1980s to "WKRP in Cincinnati" star Loni Anderson, with whom he had a son before the couple ended up in a bitter divorce. 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.

Sharing a picture of the Boogie Nights actor on her Instagram story, she wrote: 'Very lucky to have met the man, the myth, the legend, Burt Reynolds RIP'.

The actor was born on February 11, 1936 in Lansing, Mich., and at age 10 moved with his family to Florida, where he played high school football. Over the next few years, there were hits like Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Best Friends and City Heat, as well as audience-friendly fare like Rough Cut, Sharky's Machine (which he also directed) and Cannonball Run.

Reynolds said in 2012 that he regretted some of his film choices.

With his sex symbol good looks and mischievous, self-deprecating sense of humor, Reynolds always seemed like a shoe-in for big-screen stardom. He was a fine athlete and played American football at Florida State University in the 1950s before his professional American football hopes were dashed by injuries suffered in a vehicle crash.

After Deliverance put him on the map, Reynolds more or less owned the rest of that decade.

Reynolds made a comeback in 1997 with Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights", for which he was nominated an Oscar. The Institute, which recently moved into its new home in North Palm Beach, offers classes in acting, improvisation, stage and screen writing and film-making as well as lectures by experts in the film industry.

Reynolds has also become well known for the roles that he turned down over the years.

"Great to see Mr. De Niro, who I love, and. you know, all the people that I know", he said.

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