Burt Reynolds Dies: Legendary Film Star and Sex Symbol Was 82

Burt Reynolds (Credit: YouTube)

Burt Reynolds, the actor who became a household name after appearing on television and in such classic films as Smokey and the Bandit and Boogie Nights, died Thursday. He was 82.

Reynolds passed away at a hospital in Jupiter, Florida, his manager told The Hollywood Reporter.

Known for his on-screen charm and leading man looks, Reynolds became a sex symbol, and in the 1970s was one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars.

Born on Feb. 11, 1936, in Waycross, Ga.,  Reynolds grew up in Florida. He played football in high school, but suffered a knee injury and decided to pursue a career in acting.

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After appearances on Broadway, he made the transition to television and gained prominence by starring in Gunsmoke in the 1960s, and the crime series Dan August from 1970-1971.

Reynolds’ many film credits include the thriller Deliverance (1972), Woody Allen’s Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972) and Striptease (1997). He received an Oscar nomination for his role in the 1997 film Boogie Nights, about the adult entertainment industry.

The actor continued to work right up until his death. He was currently shooting a role in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood alongside Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Reynolds also has a role in the comedy Defining Moments, which is set to be released in December 2018.

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Reynolds was married to British actress Judy Carne from 1963-66. He exchanged vows with WKRP in Cincinnati actress Loni Anderson in 1988. They divorced in 1993.  He also had high-profile relationships with Sally Field and Dinah Shore.

Reynolds is survived by one son.