Actor Burt Reynolds went into cardiac arrest at his home last Thursday morning, and after an ambulance transported him to a Florida hospital, the Boogie Nights star passed away at the age of 82. For over 60 years, Reynolds starred in TV and movies and appeared in classics like Smokey and the Bandit, The Cannonball Run, and Deliverance.
Quentin Tarantino had also cast him in his upcoming Charles Manson film Once Upon A Time in Hollywood alongside Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. He was supposed to play the role of George Spahn, the owner of the ranch where the Manson family lived and planned the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders.
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He showed up with the rest of the cast for a table reading of the script in June, and he was supposed to shoot for two days. However, an insider says that he had not yet shot his scenes. No comment has been made about replacing him at this time.
After going into cardiac arrest at his Florida home, a man called 911 just after noon and told emergency operators that Reynolds was having chest pain and trouble breathing. The caller also said that Reynolds could not answer questions, but he was awake.
But, when he got to the hospital, he died surrounded by family.
According to TMZ, the Oscar-nominated actor had had heart problems for years, and back in February 2010, he underwent major heart surgery. A rep for Reynolds said that he had appeared extremely frail recently and had been in and out of the hospital.
Reynolds had a long, successful career in both movies and television. He won a Golden Globe for the role of porn director Jack Horner in Boogie Nights and was one of the biggest movie stars on the planet in the 1970s. He was the number one box office draw for five solid years and shared the silver screen with iconic actresses like Julie Andrews, Goldie Hawn, Sally Field, and Dolly Parton.
He was also the star and executive producer of the hit CBS comedy Evening Shade in the early 1990s.
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Reynolds was part of one of the nastiest breakups in Hollywood history. He married WKRP star Loni Anderson in 1988, but they split in 1993. He accused her of being unfaithful, and she made accusations of physical abuse. When they divorced, he agreed to pay Anderson $234,794.13, but then refused to pay the bill for decades. It wasn’t until 2015 that he finally caved.
The actor was a star college football player at Florida State University, and he also posed for a pic that became a national sensation in 1972. In the photo that appeared in Cosmo, Reynolds was naked and lying on a bearskin rug while smoking a cigarette. Even though it was one of the biggest moments of his career, he later said that he regretted it.
“It was really stupid. I don’t know what I was thinking. I really wish I hadn’t done that,” said Burt Reynolds.