TV And Movie Star Burt Reynolds Dead At 82

Burt Reynolds’ career has spanned several decades, but he is best known for his roles in the films Deliverance, Smokey and the Bandit, The Longest Yard and his Oscar nominated role in Boogie Nights. He passed away this morning in Jupiter Florida at the age of 82.

If you lived through the ’70s and ’80s you would know Reynolds name just as well as your own. During those two decades he was one of the most popular leading men in Hollywood. He was usually typecast as the macho man, but he was good in both action films and comedies. During the ’70s he was the top draw at the box office for a few years. In 1990 he moved to TV, where he won an Emmy award for Evening Shade. He continued making cameos in films and TV once Evening Shade ended in 1994, including a memorable one in 1996’s Striptease, and in 1997 he earned his one and only Oscar nomination for Boogie Nights. 

Reynolds was also known for his press, both good and bad, which made him one of the most sought after interviews. Reynolds was no stranger to publicity stunts either, including appearing in a 1972 issue of Cosmopolitan as the first celebrity male-nude centerfold.

Throughout his life, Reynolds was married twice, both of which ended in divorce. First to Laugh-In comedienne Judy Carne and then to long-time girlfriend Loni Anderson. It was with the latter, that he adopted his son Quinton. 

Reynolds continued working up until his death, including appearing in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Hollywood. It’s unclear though if he finished his work in the film. 

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