The legendary TV and film star, Burt Reynolds, the Boogie Nights and Deliverance alum, passed away at 82 according to his publicist, Jeffrey Lane, who spoke with a reporter from CBS News. On Thursday morning, the actor died while at the Jupiter Medical in Florida.
Reynolds, who was born in Lansing, Michigan, in 1936, was a director, actor, and producer, perhaps most known for his role in The Longest Yard, Deliverance, Smokey And The Bandit, and Boogie Nights, among other films.
Before becoming a Hollywood actor, he was a football player at Florida State University, however, an injury ultimately ruined his chances of pursuing a career.
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His very first roles were in TV productions such as Gunsmoke and Dan August, but his first big success was in 1972’s Deliverance.
In 1978, Mr. Reynolds was the highest grossing male star and continued his domination all the way through 1982. In 1997, the actor made a comeback in Boogie Nights, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson for which he was given an Academy Award nomination.
The movie, starring Mark Wahlberg, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and many others, following a young pornographic actor with an exceptionally large penis. Burt also had a cameo in 2007’s The Longest Yard, created by the legendary director and comedian, Adam Sandler.
The remake of the classic prison yard movie was more of a comedic version, while the original was significantly darker and dramatic. One of Burt’s final starring roles was The Last Movie Star (Dog Years) – about an actor reflecting on his final moments in life and whether it was all worth it.
While Reynolds established himself as an iconic actor, his personal life fluctuated, especially in relationships, as well as financial ventures, one of which led him to bankruptcy in 1996. Despite his success around that time, Burt struggled financially for years, and even had to sell some of his properties later in life.