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Burt Reynolds (1936 – 2018), Hollywood superstar known for “The Longest Yard” and “Smokey and
the Bandit”

Burt Reynolds (1936 – 2018) was one of the biggest stars in Hollywood during the 1970s and 1980s. The magnetic actor was known for his roles in “The Longest Yard,” “Deliverance,” and the “Smokey and the Bandit” movies. He was nominated for an Oscar for his supporting role in “Boogie Nights.” On television, he starred on the CBS sitcom “Evening Shade” in the 1990s.

  • We invite you to share condolences for Burt Reynolds in his Guest Book.

  • Died: Thursday, September 6, 2018 (Who else died on September 6?)

  • Details of death: Died in a Jupiter, Florida hospital from cardiac arrest at the age of 82.

“If I had to put only one of my movies in a time capsule, it would be ‘Deliverance’, I don’t know if it’s the best acting I’ve done, but it’s the best movie I’ve ever been in. It proved I could act, not only to the public but me.”

Burt Reynolds

Many celebrities shared their condolences for Burt Reynolds via Twitter and Instagram including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolly Parton & Sylvester Stallon.

    Arnold Schwarzenegger tweeted a touching tribute: “Burt Reynolds was one of my heroes. He was a trailblazer. He showed the way to transition from being an athlete to being the highest paid actor, and he always inspired me.”

      Dolly Parton tweeted: “Oh how sad I am today along with Burt’s millions of fans around the world as we mourn one of our favorite leading men,” Dolly Parton tweeted out with a photo. “I know we will always remember his funny laugh, that mischievous sparkle in his eyes, and his quirky sense of humor. You will always be my favorite sheriff, rest in peace my little buddy. I will always love you.”

        In the mid-1960s, Burt Reynolds had begun landing starring roles in films such as “Navajo Joe,” “100 Rifles,” “Sam Whiskey,” “Shark!,” “Impasse” and “Skullduggery.” They generally were the kind of movies that he joked “they show in prisons and airplanes because nobody can leave.”

        That self-deprecating charm became his trademark and endeared him to the masses, turning him into Hollywood’s wisecracking, good-ol’ boy and a box-office champ in the late 1970s and early ’80s.

        “He is the only movie star who didn’t come from a hit play or a big movie,” former girlfriend Sally Field, who starred with Reynolds in “Smokey and the Bandit” and three other movies, told Variety in 1997. “He just came crawling along, clutching and punching and digging his way.”

        Reynolds, who also starred in “The Cannonball Run” and made pop-culture history as Cosmopolitan magazine’s first nude male centerfold, died Thursday in Jupiter, Fla., of cardiopulmonary arrest, according to his agent, Erik Kritzer. Reynolds was 82.

        Top 3 Burt Reynolds fims according to IMBD:

        1.  Smokey and the Bandit  (1977)
        The Bandit is hired on to run a tractor trailer full of beer over state lines, in hot pursuit by a pesky sheriff.

        2. The Longest Yard  (1974)
        A sadistic warden asks a former pro quarterback, now serving time in his prison, to put together a team of inmates to take on (and get pummeled by) the guards.

        3.  Deliverance (1972)
        Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it’s turned into one huge lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a river-rafting trip they’ll never forget into the dangerous American back-country.

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