Hollywood Icon Burt Reynolds Dead At Age 82

Burt Reynolds dies at the age of 82

Born Burton Leon Reynolds Jr, the actor often claimed to have been born in Waycross, Georgia, yet admitted in his autobiography But Enough About Me that his life actually began in Lansing, Michigan, and he grew up in Palm Beach, Florida. He turned to acting after injuries derailed his athletic career.

At Palm Beach High School, he first made a name for himself as a football star and earned an athletic scholarship to Florida State University. He's been consistently working since he broke into TV in the late 1950s. He also became a sex symbol after posing nude for Cosmopolitan magazine in 1972.

LEGENDARY actor Burt Reynolds, star of movies including Smokey and the Bandit and Deliverance, has passed away at the age of 82.

But he also turned down some of the biggest roles in Hollywood history.

The Academy Award-nominated actor died at a hospital in Jupiter, Florida, according to The Hollywood Reporter. And there's one thing they can never take away: "Nobody had more fun than I did".




Burt Reynolds is survived by one son, whom he adopted with actress and then-wife Loni Anderson.

In a recent interview on the "Today" show, Reynolds said that Field was the love of his life.

Years later, with a mustache gone gray, he suffered from health issues that included open heart surgery. Between 1978 and 1982, he was the US's top grossing star, with action and comedy films such as The Cannonball Run, Smokey and the Bandit, The Longest Yard, Starting Over, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas proving to be box office gold. Reynolds also checked into a drug rehab clinic in 2009.

"I worked as an actor for 60 years, I must have something I can give", he told CNN. His later years were a mix of smaller roles in films and a return to guest shots on TV series, some such as animated spy spoof Archer playing on Reynolds' own past glories. He was cast in the upcoming Quentin Tarantino directed "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood", scheduled for release next year.

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