Burt Reynolds Dies at 82: Reports | Deliverance | boogie nights | children

21st September 1972 Film star Burt Reynolds in relaxed mood

Reynolds continued to support Florida State after becoming a big-time Hollywood star and was often spotted on the sidelines or in the stands during gameday.

Reynolds' manager, Erik Kritzer, confirmed the "Smokey and the Bandit" star's death to The Hollywood Reporter, saying he passed away Thursday morning at Jupiter Medical Center in Florida. That film is scheduled to be released in 2019. Reynolds also checked into a drug rehab clinic in 2009.

He spent his last days dependent on a cane and a wheelchair after he had been ravaged by heart disease and arthritis, and reportedly battled addiction to pain pills.

Actors Ralph Macchio and Kevin Smith also paid tribute to the star, remembering their childhoods watching him in "Smokey the Bandit". Other actors such as Marlon Brando had turned the role down, but Reynolds took his part in the John Boorman-directed feature and it worked out quite well.

'Very lucky to have met the man, the myth, the legend, Burt Reynolds RIP'.

He also appeared on the popular series "Gunsmoke" in the early '60s for 50 episodes as Quint Asper, the eventual Dodge City blacksmith.

Reynolds was nominated for an Oscar for his role as a porn director in the 1997 movie, Boogie Nights.

He was married in the 1980s to "WKRP in Cincinnati" star Loni Anderson, with whom he had a son before the couple ended up in a bitter divorce.

Part of the prize for that award was a scholarship to a NY theatre, the Hyde Park Playhouse; speaking many years later Reynolds credited those experiences, and Duncan's support, for launching his acting career.

An action star who did many of his own stunts, Reynolds was also a charismatic rogue and relentless flirt on-screen, helping to make one of the biggest sex symbols of his time. And he had a hit TV show in the 1990s with "Evening Shade". Reynolds had lived in Florida for many years and had suffered ill health in recent years. Deliverance, Boogie Nights... some great ones. And there's one thing they can never take away: "Nobody had more fun than I did".

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