Burt Reynolds, legendary film and TV actor, dies at 82


Burt Reynolds has died at 82. The actor is famous for television and film roles spanning from the ’50s to today.

Famed actor Burt Reynolds, famous for television and film roles such as Deliverance, Smokey and the Bandit, Gunsmoke and more, has died at 82.

The actor reportedly went into cardiac arrest at a Florida hospital on Thursday, Sept. 6, according to The Hollywood Reporter. His family was with him when he passed.

Reynolds, who has nearly 200 film and TV credits, launched his career with successful parts in Gunsmoke and Dan August. His suave acting style and unforgettable features soon landed him the ’70s breakout role as Lewis Madlock in Deliverance. He’d go on to star in box office hits including The Longest YardHooperThe Cannonball Run, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Reynolds received a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role as pornographer Jack Horner in Boogie Nights, which he starred in alongside a fresh-faced Mark Wahlberg.

Fans of Reynolds may mourn his loss today, and may honor him when his upcoming film Defining Moments comes to theaters this December. He was also set to appear in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which has a theatrical release in 2019, but THR adds that he did not film anything for the role.

Back in 2013, Reynolds was in intensive care in a Florida hospital, being treated for flu symptoms. Prior to that, in 2010 he underwent heart surgery. Despite these health concerns, Reynolds’ manager Erik Kritzer told CNN the actor was fine and post-surgery, humorously saying the actor had “brand new pipes.”

Reynolds was previously married to Judy Carne, from 1963 to 1965, and Loni Anderson, from 1988 to 1993. He also famously dated Sally Field throughout the ’70s and ’80s, and told Vanity Fair in 2015 that she was “the perfect person.”

Reynolds is survived by his son, Quinton Anderson Reynolds.

Our thoughts are with Reynolds’ family and loved ones at this time.