Actor Burt Reynolds dead at age 82


Burt Reynolds, a staple of machismo-fueled, good ol' boy movies from the 1970s and 1980s and an Emmy victor for his role on TV's Evening Shade, died of a heart attack on Thursday.

Tributes have been paid to Reynolds.

Us Weekly reports that the actor went into cardiac arrest on Thursday and that his family was by his side. He was cast in the upcoming Quentin Tarantino directed "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood", scheduled for release next year.

He is also known to have owned several custom-made sports cars, 150 horses, and an impressive toupee collection valued at $100,000. The actor reportedly turned down the roles of both Han Solo in Star Wars, and John McLane in Die Hard. In 1977 he starred with Sally Field and Jackie Gleason in the comedy programmer Smokey and the Bandit, which proved to be his most successful undertaking ever and was followed by the inevitable sequels. Reynolds kept trying to win an Oscar in his later life, with his first nomination coming in 1997 for Boogie Nights.

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Actor Burt Reynolds accepts award onstage during Spike TV's Guys Choice 2013 at Sony Pictures Studios on June 8, 2013 in Culver City, California. Even earlier in his career, he passed up the opportunity to play Batman in the 1960s television series and later turned down the role Richard Gere played in Pretty Woman.

Reynolds was arguably the biggest star in the world in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and made more than 200 films during his 60-year career. He is survived by his son from his second marriage, Quinton Anderson Reynolds.

Edgar Wright tweeted: "R.I.P. Burt Reynolds, underrated as a dramatic actor (Deliverance), underrated as a director (Sharkey's Machine), but also a rare movie star that seemed to be just having an absolute ball onscreen". And he had a hit TV show in the 1990s with "Evening Shade". And there's one thing they can never take away: "Nobody had more fun than I did". The actor was as much of a ladies' man off-screen, and was married twice, to Judy Carne from 1963 to 1965 and to Loni Anderson from 1988 to 1993.