Celebrities share their sorrow at passing of actor Burt Reynolds, 82

Burt Reynolds

Actor and former college football player Burt Reynolds has died at 82 years old, according to his agent.

He was transported to a Florida hospital after going into cardiac arrest; his family was by his side when he passed. The film is expected to hit theatres in 2019. Reynolds also generated attention for financial woes and his struggles with prescription pain medication.

Reynolds' career was also dotted with notable rejections as he reportedly turned down the roles of Han Solo in Star Wars and super cop John McClane in Die Hard. It was 1977's Smokey and the Bandit that truly made Reynolds the star we all think of today. He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in "Boogie Nights".

Burt Reynolds in the auto from Smoky and the Bandit; circa 1970; NY. He was cast as "Quint Asper" in the popular Gunsmoke series as well as earlier roles in other shows, including Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Perry Mason. Reynolds proved he was still a relevant actor by earning an Academy Award nomination and Golden Globe win for Boogie Nights, a movie in which he played pornographic film producer Jack Horner.

Reynolds had been battling health issues in past years.

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Reynolds is survived by his son, Quinton Anderson Reynolds.

Prior to his successful late '70s and early '80s run at the box office, Reynolds was a TV star, appearing in shows like "Riverboat", "Hawk" and "Dan August".

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". In the 80's, Reynolds' career cooled off considerably, but the CBS sitcom Evening Shade, which ran from 1990-94, helped revive him in the public eye.

"I had a tremendous freshman year, then I had gotten hurt at the beginning of my sophomore year and had my knee operated on", Reynolds says in the interview. "I took the part that was the most fun - 'Oh, this will be fun.' I didn't take the part that would be the most challenging", told television interviewer Piers Morgan in 2012. After marrying television actress Loni Anderson, Reynolds chose to produce and star in the sitcom Evening Shade, which ran on CBS from 1990-94.

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