Burt Reynolds Dead at 82 After Reported Heart Attack

Friday, 07 Sep, 2018

Part of the prize for that award was a scholarship to a NY theatre, the Hyde Park Playhouse; speaking many years later Reynolds credited those experiences, and Duncan's support, for launching his acting career. In 2013, his rep said that he was taken to an intensive care unit in a Florida hospital for the flu.

The celebrity news magazine reports Reynolds had heart problems for years and underwent major heart surgery in 2010. "Along the way, I've met some wonderful people". "I'm going to go off to Hollywood to be a movie star". At the time, his manager told CNN that he "has a great motor with brand new pipes".

In September 2009, Reynolds checked into rehab for an addiction to prescription drugs.

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

Burt Reynolds, the macho, mustachioed "Smokey and the Bandit" star, has reportedly died.

He acted in TV and lesser-known films before finding his break in the 1972 thriller Deliverance. His breakout movie was 1971's Deliverance.

Among the movies Reynolds made in his home state were "Smokey and the Bandit II" (1980), "Cop and a Half" (1993) and "Striptease" (1996).

Reynolds released his memoir, But Enough About Me in 2015 and spoke candidly with ET about his decades-long life in the spotlight. He was playing a lot of rather serious characters around this time and his Tonight Show appearances showed how charming he could be, as well. "By the time I finally woke up and tried to get it right, nobody would give me a chance".

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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. His family settled in Riviera Beach, Florida, after his father, who served in the Army, returned from Europe in 1946.

Reynolds passed away at Jupiter Medical Centre in Florida.

Although he meant to go pro, his career was cut short by a series of injuries.

Stars have taken to social media to pay tribute to Reynolds.

His acting career began on stage in NY in the 1950s. For his efforts, the Academy nominated him for a Best Supporting Actor trophy. The film, famous for a scene in which one of the party is ordered to "squeal like a pig" before being raped by their captors, made Reynolds a star, even if many of his later roles would gently mock Lewis Medlock's brimful machismo.

Smokey and the Bandit was one of Reynolds most successful films, earning $126 million and also introducing him to Sally Field where the two became a couple for a while.

Actor Wesley Snipes referenced a line from Smokey And The Bandit in his tribute to Reynolds.