Burt Reynolds, Star Of Smokey And The Bandit, Dies At Age 82

09 September, 2018, 03:53 | Author: Rafael Roberts
  • Burt Reynolds dead at 82

Reynolds also checked into a drug rehab clinic in 2009.

With his trademark mustache, rugged looks and macho aura, Reynolds was a leading male sex symbol of the 1970s. He appeared naked - reclining on a bearskin rug with his arm strategically positioned for the sake of modesty - in a centerfold in the women's magazine Cosmopolitan in 1972.

Reynolds, who shot to superstardom in the 1970s for his breakout role as Lewis Medlock in the film Deliverance, logged almost 200 acting credits in television and in film over his six-decade career.

Ben Mankiewicz, host of Turner Classic Movies, tweeted, "For those my age, #BurtReynolds was for a time the biggest movie star in the world".

Previously, he was married to Judy Carne from 1963 to 1965 and to Loni Anderson from 1988 to 1993.

Reynolds is survived by his son, Quinton Anderson Reynolds. Earlier this year, he said that Sally Field, his co-star in "Smokey and the Bandit", whom he dated for five years after meeting her on-set, was the true love of his life. His financial woes and his struggles with prescription pain medication also generated attention.

Over his long career, the actor, director, and producer starred in, and won awards for, many television series and feature films, such as Gunsmoke, Deliverance, The Longest Yard, Smokey and the Bandit, and The Cannonball Run.

He played Lewis Medlock, one of four friends who canoe down a river in the Georgia wilderness and run into some locals who savagely attack them.

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Reynolds often seemed most comfortable in settings that played off his good-ol'-boy image. He and Field met while filming "Smokey and the Bandit" in 1977, with Reynolds portraying Bo "Bandit" Darville and Field playing the runaway bride Carrie.

In the following years, Reynolds appeared mainly in supporting and smaller roles on a number of films and TV shows.

Reynolds made his directing debut with 1976 action film Gator and 1978's black comedy The End.

He starred in dozens of films. Lucky for Harrison Ford, Reynolds turned down the role of Han Solo in Star Wars.

"The other 57 days were really fun and a lot of laughs, but there were three tense days there in the middle where Mark was fighting with Burt, or in the film".

But Reynolds was always a complicated figure, sometimes happy with publicity and often shunning the press, making some unsuccessful career choices amid a turbulent personal life.

He was born in Lansing, Michigan on February 11, 1936 and grew up mainly in Riviera Beach, Florida after his family relocated there in 1946.

The Chicago Sun-Times's Roger Ebert and the New York Times's Janet Maslin agreed that his portrayal of Jack Horner was a career highlight: "Burt Reynolds rises to this occasion by giving his best and most suavely amusing performance in many years", the latter wrote, adding that he gave Jack "an extra edge by playing a swaggering, self-important figure very close to the bone".

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