Burt Reynolds dies at 82

Burt Reynolds dies at the age of 82

But he only took up acting after a promising football career was cut short by a knee injury while playing at Florida State University.

His big film break came when he was cast in 1972's Deliverance, about a group of friends on a rafting trip in Georgia, who are tormented by some psychotic locals. "I've seen women do that (before)", but not men. It was 1977's Smokey and the Bandit that truly made Reynolds the star we all think of today. After that, from 1978 through 1982, Burt Reynolds was Hollywood's top-grossing star every single year. While the film about the golden age of porn earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor, it never stopped him from trashing the film, which he said he could never finish watching, or the director, who he said he didn't like.

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 returned to television, where he'd gotten his start, mostly in Westerns, and produced his own sitcom, Evening Shade, which brought him an Emmy.

Born in Lansing, Michigan on February 11, 1936, Reynolds moved to South Florida in 1946, when his father became police chief in Riviera Beach.

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Reynolds passed away at Jupiter Medical Centre in Florida.

Reynolds is survived by his son, Quenton, whom he adopted with ex-wife Loni Anderson, when he was three days old.

In a statement on social media, Schwarzenegger called Reynolds one of his heroes and praised the actor's trailblazing spirit as well as his sense of humor. 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. To this day, Smokey and the Bandit remains the star's most successful endeavor.

Reynolds is known for many roles, including his work in films "Deliverance", "The Longest Yard" and "Smokey and the Bandit". Reynolds also checked into a drug rehab clinic in 2009. A bearskin-rug centerfold he posed for in Cosmopolitan magazine became a famous photo, though Reynolds later said he regretted the shot.

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