[Ed. – If you’re my age, you think, “Burt Reynolds couldn’t possibly have been 82!” Although his career spanned decades, he will live in memory in his younger roles: brash, sly, often hilarious; an outsize presence on any screen. R.I.P.]
Burt Reynolds, the charismatic star of such films as Deliverance, The Longest Yard and Smokey and the Bandit who set out to have as much fun as possible on and off the screen — and wildly succeeded — has died. He was 82.
Reynolds, who received an Oscar nomination when he portrayed porn director Jack Horner in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights (1997) and was the No. 1 box-office attraction for a five-year stretch starting in the late 1970s, died Thursday morning at Jupiter Medical Center in Florida, his manager, Erik Kritzer, told The Hollywood Reporter.
The cause of death was cardiopulmonary arrest.
Always with a wink, Reynolds shined in many action films (often doing his own stunts) and in such romantic comedies as Starting Over (1979) opposite Jill Clayburgh and Candice Bergen; The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982) with Dolly Parton; Best Friends (1982) with Goldie Hawn …
Reynolds was married to British actress Judy Carne (famous for NBC’s Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In) from 1963-66 and then to Loni Anderson, the voluptuous blonde best known for the CBS sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati, from 1988-93. Both marriages were tempestuous, and his divorce with Anderson was particularly messy. …
Burton Milo Reynolds Jr. was born on Feb. 11, 1936, in Lansing, Michigan, and raised in Florida’s Palm Beach County. His father was an Army veteran who became the police chief in Riviera Beach, Florida, not too far from the Everglades. …
Survivors … include his son, Quinton; he and Anderson adopted him when he was 3 days old.
Despite the ups and downs of a Hollywood life, Reynolds seemed to have no regrets.
“I always wanted to experience everything and go down swinging,” he wrote in the final paragraph of his memoir. “Well, so far, so good. …”
#RIP legend Burt Reynolds. In this 12/1/85 photo, Burt Reynolds poses with President and Mrs. Reagan at NBC's "All Star Tribute to Dutch Reagan" with Emmanuel Lewis, Charlton Heston, Ben Vereen, Monty Hall, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Vin Scully. pic.twitter.com/EqZHon5irK
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