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Burt Reynolds dies from heart attack, aged 82

Deliverance star Burt Reynolds dies of a heart attack, age 82, following a decade of health struggles

  • Actor went into cardiac arrest and died at Jupiter Medical in Florida on Thursday 
  • Reynolds was best known for his roles in 1972’s Deliverance, 1977’s Smokey and the Bandit, and 1997’s Boogie Nights
  • He was also filming Tarantino’s new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Reynolds had been battling health issues for some time and in 2010 he underwent heart surgery 
  • He also struggled with addiction and in 2009, Reynolds checked into rehab for an addiction to prescription drugs
  • The star was married twice, both ending in divorce to actresses Loni Anderson and Judy Carne, with whom he had a son, Quinton Anderson Reynolds
  • He described the love of his life as ex-girlfriend Sally Field, his Smokey costar whom he dated on-off for five years in the ’70s and ’80s 
  • Tributes have begun pouring in for Reynolds from his many costars, friends and fans including Goldie Hawn, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Elihaj Wood
  • His ex girlfriend, and the ‘one that got away’ Sally Field, 71, also paid tribute saying he ‘will be in my history and my heart, for as long as I live’

    Burt Reynolds has died at the age of 82 from a heart attack.

    The actor went into cardiac arrest and died at Jupiter Medical in Florida on Thursday morning, surrounded by his family, manager Erik Kritzer told the Hollywood Reporter.

    Reynolds was best known for his roles in 1972’s Deliverance, 1977’s Smokey and the Bandit, and 1997’s Boogie Nights – the last of which earned him an Oscar nomination.

    He was also filming Quentin Tarantino’s new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood alongside Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio at the time of his death.  The film is expected to hit theaters in 2019.

    His ex girlfriend, and the ‘one that got away’ Sally Field, 71, has paid tribute to the Hollywood legend.

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    Burt Reynolds (pictured in April 2018 at the Palm Beach International Film Festival) has died at the age of 82 from a heart attack

    ‘There are times in your life that are so indelible, they never fade away,’ she told US Magazine. ‘They stay alive, even forty years later.

    ‘My years with Burt never leave my mind. He will be in my history and my heart, for as long as I live. Rest, Buddy.’

    Tributes have also been pouring in from other costars, celebrities and fans including Goldie Hawn, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Elihaj Wood.

    Reynolds had been battling health issues for some time.

    In 2013, he was hospitalized and placed in intensive care for flu-like symptoms and dehydration.

    Two years earlier, the actor underwent heart surgery after his doctor found his arteries were closed during a routine physical.

    Reynolds was best known for his roles in 1972's Deliverance, 1977's Smokey and the Bandit (pictured) and 1997's Boogie Nights - the last of which earned him an Oscar nomination.

    Reynolds was best known for his roles in 1972’s Deliverance, 1977’s Smokey and the Bandit (pictured) and 1997’s Boogie Nights – the last of which earned him an Oscar nomination.

    The actor, pictured on Smokey and the Bandit with the 'one that got away' as ex-girlfriend Sally Field, suffered a cardiac arrest Thursday morning 

    The actor, pictured on Smokey and the Bandit with the ‘one that got away’ as ex-girlfriend Sally Field, suffered a cardiac arrest Thursday morning

    His first big movie breakout role was as Lewis Medlock in box office hit Deliverance  (pictured) in 1972

    His first big movie breakout role was as Lewis Medlock in box office hit Deliverance  (pictured) in 1972

    Reynolds, known for his manly swagger, and was something of a 1970s sex symbol after rising to prominence on TV shows Gunsmoke and Dan August (pictured in an ad for his luxury mail catalog business) 

    Reynolds, known for his manly swagger, and was something of a 1970s sex symbol after rising to prominence on TV shows Gunsmoke and Dan August (pictured in an ad for his luxury mail catalog business)

    ‘My doctor said I needed to undergo bypass surgery immediately,’ he told People at the time. ‘I went home and shaved then had the operation the next day.’

    His manager told CNN after the op that Reynolds ‘has a great motor with brand new pipes.’

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

    Reynolds, known for his manly swagger, and was something of a 1970s sex symbol after rising to prominence on TV shows Gunsmoke and Dan August.

    With his trademark mustache, rugged looks and macho aura, he was a leading male sex symbol of the 1970s. He appeared naked – reclining on a bearskin rug with his arm strategically positioned for the sake of modesty – in a centerfold in the women’s magazine Cosmopolitan in 1972.

    His first big movie breakout role was as Lewis Medlock in box office hit Deliverance in 1972.

    He followed it up with one success after another, in box office hits The Longest Yard  Smokey and the Bandit, Hooper, The Cannonball Run and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

    At the peak of his career, Reynolds was one of the most bankable actors in the film industry, until a career downturn in the mid-1980s, when he returned to TV in sitcom Evening Shade.

    He rebounded in 1997 with a nomination for a best supporting actor Academy Award for ‘Boogie Nights’ and won an Emmy Award for his role in the 1990-1994 TV series ‘Evening Shade.

    Last year, he received critical acclaim for his performance in the indie movie ‘The Last Movie Star.’

    Reynolds’ personal life sometimes overshadowed his movies, with marriages that ended in divorce to actresses Loni Anderson and Judy Carne and romances with  the likes of Dinah Shore.

    He has one adult son, Quinton Anderson Reynolds, from his second marriage.

    The star described the love of his life as ex-girlfriend Sally Field, whom he dated on-off for five years in the ’70s and ’80s after she starred across him in Smokey and the Bandit.

    Reynolds also generated attention for financial woes and his struggles with prescription pain medication.

    Reynolds cited director John Boorman’s Oscar-nominated 1972 ‘Deliverance’ as his best film and said he regretted that the hoopla from his Cosmopolitan appearance detracted from the movie that made him a star. He played tough-guy Lewis Medlock – opposite Jon Voight, Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox – in the chilling tale of a canoe trip gone bad in rural Georgia.

    Many of his films were set in the South. He often played a lovable rascal who outwits local authorities as in director Hal Needham’s 1977 crowd-pleasing action comedy ‘Smokey and the Bandit,’ co-starring Field and Jackie Gleason, and its two sequels.

    Another of his better roles was that of former a pro quarterback who lands in prison and assembles a team of convicts to play the warden’s squad of brutal prison guards in 1974’s rollicking ‘The Longest Yard,’ directed by Robert Aldrich. He appeared in a supporting role 2005’s remake with Adam Sandler.

    Reynolds also directed several movies in which he starred, including ‘Gator’ (1976), ‘The End’ (1978), ‘Sharky’s Machine’ (1981) and ‘Stick’ (1985).

    While some of his performances were critically praised, others were ridiculed, particularly in the bloated action comedy ‘Cannonball Run II,’ a sequel to his financial success ‘The Cannonball Run’ (1981). He also starred in the notorious 1975 musical flop ‘At Long Last Love,’ a film so atrocious that director Peter Bogdanovich publicly apologized for making it.

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