Actor Burt Reynolds has died at age 82


He passed away Thursday morning at Jupiter Medical Center in Florida.

Burt Reynolds sits on a 1977 Pontiac Trans-Am at the world premiere of "The Bandit" at the Paramount Theatre during the South by Southwest Film Festival in March 2016 in Austin, Texas. Known for his easy grin and handsome looks, his movie work took a leap with 1971's Deliverance, with the controversial drama rocketing him to a period of major stardom in the 1970s and "80s".

The actor, who was known to have a hot temper, starred in several critically acclaimed movies but leaned more toward popular fare often panned by critics.

The star of Deliverance, The Cannonball Run, Boogie Nights and The Longest Yard was a beloved staple of the industry having picked up an Oscar nomination in 1997 for Paul Thomas Anderson's portrait of the adult movie industry. "By the time I finally woke up and tried to get it right, nobody would give me a chance". Two years earlier, he broke taboo and posed nude in Cosmopolitan magazine, which helped cement his growing status as a sex symbol.

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"Not Burt Reynolds! Grew up loving Smokey and the Bandit when I was a kid". In March, he said on the "Today" show that ex-girlfriend Sally Field, who was also his co-star in "Smokey and the Bandit", was the love of his life.

Years later, with a mustache gone gray, he suffered from health issues that included open heart surgery. In 1988, he married actress Loni Anderson, but that also ended bitterly in 1993.

Once among Hollywood's highest-paid actors, Reynolds later fell into financial trouble amid private ventures in an Atlanta restaurant and a professional sports team, though he continued to make cameo appearances and teach acting classes. He was cast in the upcoming Quentin Tarantino directed "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood", scheduled for release next year. His later years were a mix of smaller roles in films and a return to guest shots on TV series, some such as animated spy spoof Archer playing on Reynolds' own past glories.