We have sad news to report today as Hollywood icon Burt Reynolds has passed away. Reynolds best known for his roles in such films as ‘Smokey and the Bandit‘ and ‘The Longest Yard‘ was 82. Get more on his life and accomplishments below, and be sure and share your thoughts AFTER THE JUMP!
Reynolds died on Thursday morning at the Jupiter Medical Center in Florida, The Hollywood Reporter said, citing Reynolds’ manager, Erik Kritzer.
At the peak of his career, Reynolds was one of the most bankable actors in the film industry, reeling off a series of box office smashes until a career downturn in the mid-1980s. He rebounded in 1997 with a nomination for a best supporting actor Academy Award for “Boogie Nights,” and won an Emmy for his role in the 1990-1994 TV series “Evening Shade.”
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’ personal life sometimes overshadowed his movies, including marriages that ended in divorce to actresses Loni Anderson and Judy Carne and romances with Sally Field and Dinah Shore, among others. His financial woes and his struggles with prescription pain medication also generated attention.