Legendary actor Burt Reynolds has passed away at 82, according to Us Weekly. The Gunsmoke star died in Florida. A source told Us he went into cardiac arrest and passed away Thursday, September 6, surrounded by family.
Despite his age, Burt was still active in the film industry. His film Defining Moments is set to be released this December. Most recently, he was cast in Quentin Tarrantino‘s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood as George Spahn, the real-life rancher who let the infamous Manson Family live on his property.
He told the Daily Mirror last month about his work on the film, “I still haven’t done the best work I can do and I’d like to do something people really wouldn’t expect.” It’s not known if he finished filming before he passed.
Burt was born in Michigan and grew up in Florida. Out of high school, he won a football scholarship, but a knee injury derailed his plans. He initially worked as a stunt man when he moves to Los Angeles, before becoming a full-fledged actor.
In the 1970s, once he grew his trademark mustache, he became an enormous movie star and sex symbol. He received acclaim for his role in 1972’s Deliverance. Other films from the decade include The Longest Yard, Smokey and the Bandit, and the Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
During the 1990s, he was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in Boogie Nights, the iconic Paul Thomas Anderson film. He won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his starring role in the television show Evening Shade.
Last year, Burt played the titular role in The Last Movie Star. He played Vic Edwards, a washed-up movie star. He told the Daily Mirror about the part, “I guess it wasn’t too big a stretch for anyone to imagine me in the role,” with a laugh.
Burt was married twice, to Judy Carne from 1963 to 1965 and to Loni Anderson from 1988 to 1993. With Loni, he adopted a son, Quinton. He previously described ex-girlfriend Sally Field as “the one that got away.”
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