Burt Reynolds, star of Smokey and the Bandit, dead at 82

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Nearly 20 years (and 60 roles) later, he published a memoir called But Enough About Me - a jokey title for a bestseller that proved beyond a doubt, that audiences still weren't exhausted of hearing about Burt Reynolds.

He solidified his position as a rising film star with 1974 prison football drama The Longest Yard. Paul Thomas Anderson's second feature, set in the porn industry during the late 1970s, hit theaters in October 1997 and received a great deal of critical acclaim - something Reynolds, who played auteurist porn director Jack Horner, hadn't experienced in years. Reynolds amassed his wealth from his long career in film and television.

- "Worked with Burt Reynolds on a TV show once".

The career of Burt Reynolds, centre, took off again after his Oscar-nominated performance in Boogie Nights in 1997. Blake Edwards cast him in the lead of the American remake of The Man Who Loved Women in 1983. He later rose to fame during the 1970s starring "Deliverance". He had a troubled marriage to Judy Carne, a romance with Dinah Shore and a relationship with Field damaged by his acknowledged jealousy of her success.

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Reynolds was 82 years old. The magnetic actor was known for his roles in "The Longest Yard", "Deliverance", and the "Smokey and the Bandit" movies. The star went on to appear in almost 200 films throughout his lifetime. Reynolds turned his attention to acting, moving to NY, where he struggled for several years until he landed a role in a revival of Mr. Roberts starring Charlton Heston in 1956.

Reynolds went on to say Duncan was the most influential person in his life. Reynolds' niece Nancy Lee Hess released a statement saying that the actor had been dealing with health issues, but his death was still unexpected.

Reynolds excelled in football and was a star halfback at Florida State University before an injury derailed his career.

Reynolds made his acting debut in 1958 and first began to gain some notoriety in hit TV shows such as Gunsmoke and Dan August, But his true breakout role came in 1972's Deliverance, which earned a Best Picture nomination at the Academy Awards. In fact, the role of the former Astronaut in Terms of Endearment was specifically written for Reynolds but he passed it over to do the race auto film, Stroker Ace. The actor was also now co-starring in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie and Brad Pitt at the time of his death. Reynolds and Anderson adopted a son, Quinton Anderson Reynolds, now 30.

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