Legendary Hollywood actor Burt Reynolds has died at the age of 82.
Reynolds was one of Hollywood’s most popular leading men during the 1970s and early 1980s with a roster of films including the likes of “Deliverance,” “Smokey and the Bandit,” “Cannonball Run,” “Hooper,” “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” and “The Longest Yard”. Macho yet self-aware and deprecating, he used that skill to great effect, especially in comedies.
However after numerous duds his popularity waned somewhat until the 1990s where, following several years on the sitcom “Evening Shade,” he made a comeback in the likes of “Striptease” and then “Boogie Nights” for which he scored an Oscar nomination. He’s since appeared in numerous films and shows.
He was occasionally hostile with the press, made headlines as the first celebrity male-nude centerfold in a 1972 issue of Cosmopolitan, and was famed for turning down numerous high profile roles including James Bond, Han Solo and two of Jack Nicholson’s most famous roles in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Terms of Endearment”.
Reynolds had been set to appear in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Hollywood”. Reynolds was married and divorced twice and is survived by adopted son Quinton from his second marriage. Our sincerest condolences to his family and friends.