Published On: Fri, Sep 7th, 2018

Burt Reynolds; star of the “Smokey and the Bandit” dead at 82

Burt Reynolds first made his appearance in the box office over half a century ago; died on Thursday. The news was confirmed by his agent Todd Eisner. At the time of death he was 82 years old.

Burt Reynolds; star of the “Smokey and the Bandit” dead at 82

Michigan Native renowned for his iconic roles in mega block buster movies like “Smokey and The Bandit” and “Boogie Nights” died after suffering form a cardiac arrest. 911 records show that a call for an ambulance was received from his estate in Martin County, Florida.

Burt Reynolds renowned for being a sexual symbol of Hollywood also tried his hands in the directorial services as well. He was later famed for his philanthropic endeavors such as opening of Burt Reynolds Institute for Film & Theater located n Florida.

Burt was born in Lansing, Michigan but his family later moved to South Florida when he was only 5 years old. During his time in Palm Beach High School, Burt made a name for himself as a star football player who made his way to Florida State University riding on athletics scholarship. A career ending injury during college football resulted in Burt to turn towards acting.

Scrolling through small part from 1950’s he made it on to big screen in 1974 when he got his first major role in movie “The Longest Yard”. He also broke the taboo of male Hollywood celebrities by posing nude for Cosmopolitan Magazine and earned the title of sex symbol of Hollywood.

Reynolds who was once a famed and highest paid actors in Hollywood struggled with financial problems later down the road after his failed private ventures in Atlanta restaurant and a professional sports team. During this time he still made cameo appearances as well as taught acting classes.

He once told BBC that, OI have worked as an actor for 60 years and I must have something that I can give.”

Reynolds was set for the shooting of “Once upon a time in Hollywood’ scheduled to be released next year. Burt never even started shooting his role for the film.

 

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