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Burt Reynolds dies at 82, fans remember actor online

Burt Reynolds dies at 82, fans remember actor online

Burt Reynolds died at the age of 82 from a heart attack in Florida on Thursday morning.

The actor had struggled with health issues in recent years and underwent major heart surgery in February 2010.

Soon after tributes for the movie icon - who starred in such films as Smokey And The Bandit and Boogie Nights - flooded in. "When you crash and burn, you have to pick yourself up and go on and hope to make up for it", Reynolds said in an interview in March with USA TODAY. Set in the 1970s porn industry, Anderson's film rejuvenated Reynolds career by casting him as the pragmatic, occasionally ruthless adult film director Jack Horner. The original The Longest Yard and Smokey and the Bandit are chief among such instances.

Before that, he was the archetypal good ol' boy actor, frequently starring in action movies and the kind of hyper-masculine roles that simply don't exist in modern movies. "I was interested in having a good time", Reynolds wrote in his 2015 memoir, But Enough About Me.

Reynolds was born in Lansing, Michigan, in 1936, and in 1946 moved with his family to Riviera Beach, Florida, where his father became a police chief.

It also proved a hit in Reynolds' personal life, too.

Reynolds was a burgeoing football star at Florida State University in the mid-1950s when a knee injury interrupted that career.

Reynolds inspired a wide range of responses over his long, erratic career: critical acclaim and critical scorn, commercial success and box office bombs. 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.

Actors Ralph Macchio and Kevin Smith also paid tribute to the star, remembering their childhoods watching him in "Smokey the Bandit". "I didn't take the part that would be the most challenging", Reynolds said in an interview with CNN. And there's one thing they can never take away: "Nobody had more fun than I did".

Actor Wesley Snipes referenced a line from Smokey And The Bandit in his tribute to Reynolds. He created the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre, a non-profit dedicated to involving the community in all aspects of the arts and preserving Reynolds' legacy for generations to come.

"Great to see Mr. De Niro, who I love, and. you know, all the people that I know", he said.


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