According toUS Weekly, Reynolds died at the Jupiter Medical Center in Florida. Reynolds had lived in Florida for many years and had suffered ill health in recent years. Nevertheless, he had continued to act and was reportedly set to appear in Quentin TarantinosOnce Upon a Time in Hollywood, which is currently in production.
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Reynolds was one of the biggest movie stars of the 1970s.
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However, Reynolds career never gained the subsequent momentum thatBoogie Nightssuggested it might, and much of his work since consisted of small roles in low budget movies and TV voicework on shows such asKing of the HillandAmerican Dad.
Reynolds leaves behind an impressive legacy. Although his movies were rarely popular with critics, at his peak he was the most popular actor in Hollywood. Between 1978 and 1982, he was the USs top grossing star, with action and comedy films such asThe Cannonball Run,Smokey and the Bandit,The Longest Yard,Starting Over,andThe Best Little Whorehouse in Texasproving to be box office gold.
In his 2015 memoirBut Enough About Me, Reynolds admitted that he missed many opportunities over years. I didnt open myself to new writers or risky parts because I wasnt interested in challenging myself as an actor, I was interested in having a good time, he said. As a result, I missed a lot of opportunities to show I could play serious roles. By the time I finally woke up and tried to get it right, nobody would give me a chance. Nevertheless, his status as one of Hollywoods greatest movie stars is undeniable.
Burt Reynolds, Star Of Boogie Nights And Smokey And The Bandit, Dies At Age 82
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Burt Reynoldshas died at the age of 82. The actor was one of the biggest movie stars of the 1970s, with films such asThe Cannonball RunandSmokey and the Banditmaking him a household name.
Although Reynolds was best known for his relaxed, wise-cracking, charismatic on-screen persona, he also had some success as a more serious actor. In 1972 he appeared in John Boormans harrowing survival classicDeliverance, and his career enjoyed a brief renaissance when he starred in Paul Thomas Andersons 1997 movieBoogie Nightsas a porn director who takes Mark Wahlbergs character under his wing. The movie won Reynolds a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.