Burt Reynolds, whose career took him from being a fast-driving good ole boy in Smokey and the Bandit to an Oscar in Paul Thomas Anderson's adult film industry drama Boogie Nights, has passed away at age 82.
Reynolds, the star of countless action and comedy films over a career spanning almost half a century, passed away Thursday morning in Florida at the age of 82, his publicist, Jeffrey Lane, confirmed to CBSNews.
Burt Reynolds began his career on the small screen with roles on TV shows like Riverboat, The Blue Angels, Route 66, Perry Mason, The Twilight Zone, Gunsmoke, Flipper, Hawk and many more.
He went on to star in dozens of other famous films including The Longest Yard, Smokey and the Bandit, and Boogie Nights, for which he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
The actor was born on February 11, 1936 in Lansing, Mich., and at age 10 moved with his family to Florida, where he played high school football. I grew up watching Cannonball Run.
Earlier this year, "Extra's" Tanika Ray spoke with Reynolds for the last time at the premiere of "The Last Movie Star". Baby Driver director Edgar Wright remembered Reynolds for his work as a dramatic actor and director.
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He is also known to have owned several custom-made sports cars, 150 horses, and an impressive toupee collection valued at $100,000. That "was the closest to me, in terms of, I see myself in that character and it was a classic film", Reynolds told USA TODAY.
Reynolds also won a Golden Dlobe for television show "Evening Shade" in 1992. Men are like that, you know. His scholarship to the Hyde Park Playhouse in NY provided Reynolds valuable mentorship and the platform for what was to become a successful film career.
Reynolds starred in romantic comedies as well, including Starting Over (1979) with Jill Clayburgh and Candice Bergen, and in the musical comedy The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982) with Dolly Parton. Nor did a relationship with sometime co-star Sally Field, whom he later called the love of his life - to her evident surprise.
In 2015 he was honoured by the Stuntmen's Association of Motion Pictures with the organisation's Richard "Diamond" Farnsworth Award.
He has one adult son, Quinton Anderson Reynolds, from his second marriage.
He was married to "Laugh-In" star Judy Carne from 1963 to 1966, and to Loni Anderson, the stunning "WKRP in Cincinnati" star from 1988 to 1993.