Published: Thu, September 06, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

Burt Reynolds dies at 82

Burt Reynolds dies at 82

The publication he was rushed to hospital in Florida, after going into cardiac arrest at his home. Between 1978 and 1982, he was the US's top grossing star, with action and comedy films such as The Cannonball Run, Smokey and the Bandit, The Longest Yard, Starting Over, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas proving to be box office gold.

In one of his last interviews, Burt Reynolds admitted he regretted turning down roles in James Bond and Star Wars.

Reynolds was hospitalized in 2013 after a bout with dehydration and severe flu symptoms.

The celebrity news magazine reports Reynolds had heart problems for years and underwent major heart surgery in 2010. He said: 'No comment, just heartbreaking'.

In September 2009, Reynolds checked into rehab for an addiction to prescription drugs.

Reynolds also made his mark in Westerns, such as 1959's "Riverboat" and "Gunsmoke" from 1962 until 1965. The film told the story of three reunited childhood friends on a trip up a remote river searching for the loot of long-lost airplane hijacker D. B. Cooper.

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Burt Reynolds, the legendary actor who starred in iconic films including "Smokey and the Bandit" and "The Longest Yard" has died, Fox News confirms. When it comes to his legacy, the actor said he knows exactly how he wants to be remembered: "He worked hard, he was always on time and knew his lines, and he tried really hard to be a good guy".

Reynolds had ambitions to play football professionally, but those hopes were dashed after the loss to N.C. State University on October 12, 1957, Reynolds said in a 2007 interview posted on YouTube. He was playing a lot of rather serious characters around this time and his Tonight Show appearances showed how charming he could be, as well.

"It was the only time I saw men get up, sick, and walk out of a theater", he added.

Reynolds was famously married to actress Loni Anderson from 1988-1993, and was also married to Judy Carne for two years in the 1960s.

Reynolds and Anderson had one son, Quinton. His family settled in Riviera Beach, Florida, after his father, who served in the Army, returned from Europe in 1946.

Reynolds died at the Jupiter Medical Center in Florida, according to the Hollywood Reporter. However, his promising career as a running back was cut short after he suffered a knee injury from a vehicle accident. Reynolds often did his own stunts on film and television.

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