Actor Burt Reynolds Has Died
Legendary actor Burt Reynolds, of “Smokey and the Bandit” fame has died. He was 82.
Reynolds died Thursday morning at Jupiter Medical in Florida, according to his manager Erik Kritzer.
Reynolds had been battling health issues over the past few years. He was reportedly in ICU back in 2013, according to his rep, for dehydration.
In 2017, at the Tribeca Film Festival, Reynolds was seen using a cane as he posed for photographs.
“My uncle was not just a movie icon; he was a generous, passionate and sensitive man who was dedicated to his family, friends, fans and acting students,” Reynolds’ niece, Nancy Lee Hess, said in a statement.
“He has had health issues, however, this was totally unexpected. He was tough. Anyone who breaks their tailbone on a river and finishes the movie is tough. And that’s who he was. My uncle was looking forward to working with Quentin Tarantino (in the movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) and the amazing cast that was assembled.”
Reynolds was a sex symbol, having bared a striking resemblance to Marlon Brandon in his younger years. He was linked to several women, but it was Sally Field who he proclaimed to be the “love of his life.”
Reynolds appeared in more than 90 feature films and 300 TV episodes, including the CBS series Evening Shade, from 1990-94. He was known for his roles in Cannonball Run, Smokey and the Bandit). And in 1997, his role in Boogie Nights earned him a Supporting Actor Oscar nomination.