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    Default Burt Reynolds, rugged leading man of 'Smokey and the Bandit,' Dead..

    Burt Reynolds, rugged leading man of 'Smokey and the Bandit,' 'Boogie Nights' fame, dead at 82
    Joal Ryan 1 hour 16 minutes ago

    Burt Reynolds, the mustached sex symbol of the 1970s and 1980s, who ruled the box office with good-ol’-boy movies like Smokey and the Bandit and earned the critical praise he so badly desired in Starting Over and Boogie Nights, died Thursday in Florida of cardiac arrest, his agent confirmed to Yahoo Entertainment. He was 82.

    As much as Reynolds represented an era, he also stood as a timeless cautionary tale. After a five-year run as Hollywood’s No. 1 male movie star, from 1978 to 1982, Reynolds fell into a funk of flops and personal problems, including unfounded health rumors and a nasty tabloid divorce from TV star Loni Anderson, from which his career never recovered.

    Looking back once, Reynolds said he had something no one could take from him: He was “part of film history.”

    “You die with that,” Reynolds said. “They can say his career went downhill after that; he made bad films.’ It doesn’t matter.”

    Burt Reynolds, rugged leading man of 'Smokey and the Bandit,' 'Boogie Nights' fame, dead at 82
    Joal Ryan 1 hour 16 minutes ago
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    Burt Reynolds in 1977’s Smokey and the Bandit. (Photo: Getty Images)
    Burt Reynolds, the mustached sex symbol of the 1970s and 1980s, who ruled the box office with good-ol’-boy movies like Smokey and the Bandit and earned the critical praise he so badly desired in Starting Over and Boogie Nights, died Thursday in Florida of cardiac arrest, his agent confirmed to Yahoo Entertainment. He was 82.

    As much as Reynolds represented an era, he also stood as a timeless cautionary tale. After a five-year run as Hollywood’s No. 1 male movie star, from 1978 to 1982, Reynolds fell into a funk of flops and personal problems, including unfounded health rumors and a nasty tabloid divorce from TV star Loni Anderson, from which his career never recovered.

    Looking back once, Reynolds said he had something no one could take from him: He was “part of film history.”

    “You die with that,” Reynolds said. “They can say his career went downhill after that; he made bad films.’ It doesn’t matter.”


    Born Feb. 11, 1936, in Michigan, Reynolds was a Florida State University football player who broke into Hollywood in his early 20s. The early going was rough. He was fired from a studio on either the same day or in the same year, he would alternately recount, as Clint Eastwood: Eastwood was told his Adam’s apple was too big; Reynolds was told he couldn’t act.

    His first steady gig, on the TV Western Riverboat, ended when he quit because, he said, “I wasn’t getting along with the star … and I had a stupid part.”

    Although he became a regular on the long-running hit show Gunsmoke, Reynolds would chase breakout fame into his mid-30s. The actor credited guest-hosting stints for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show with leading him to two career-changing job offers: a role in Deliverance; and a chance to pose for Cosmopolitan magazine.

    Published in April 1972, the Cosmo centerfold spread placed a naked but strategically covered Reynolds on a bear rug and put the actor on the map as a sex symbol.

    “I can’t believe the chicks are turned on by it,” Reynolds told the Associated Press at the time.

    A few months after the magazine hit the stands, Reynolds starred alongside Jon Voight, Ned Beatty, and Ronny Cox in the Deliverance. The 1972 canoe-trip-from-hell drama was a popular and critical hit, scoring three Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.

    Around the time Reynolds’s star was ascending, his upper lip was evolving. Clean-shaven during the 1960s, Reynolds began sporting a mustache, off and on, in the early 1970s. (It’s off in Deliverance; it’s on in Cosmo.) By the late 1970s, the mustache was a fixture as much as Reynolds was atop the box-office standings. Hits from the decade included the pro-football comedy Semi-Tough, the prison-football football comedy The Longest Yard, the stuntman adventure Hooper, and the first Smokey and the Bandit crash-’em up, which co-starred Reynolds’s then-girlfriend (and the woman he later called the love of his life), Sally Field.

    For a time, Field was part of a Reynolds movie posse that included Dom DeLuise, Jim Nabors, Jerry Reed, director Hal Needham, and stock cars.


    Sally Field and Burt Reynolds in a photo dated Nov. 5, 1977. (Photo: Ron Galella/WireImage)
    Reynolds went clean-shaven for the 1979 comedy-drama Starting Over. For the first time, Reynolds received serious Oscar buzz; he did not, however, receive a nomination. When Reynolds didn’t accompany Field to the 1980 ceremony, where Field would win Best Actress for Norma Rae, his absence was chalked up to jealousy. Reynolds and Fields subsequently broke up, although the duo was seen onscreen together one last time in the 1980 hit sequel, Smokey and the Bandit II.

    After the hits The Cannonball Run and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Reynolds’s box-office luck ran out in 1983 when he released back-to-back-to-back bombs: Stroker Ace, Smokey and the Bandit III, and The Man Who Loved Women. “It turned bad with Stroker Ace,” he would say of one his misfires that year. “We went to the well too many times with the race cars and the cast.”


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    I remember him from Gunsmoke, Deliverance and the Longest Yard. Never seen any of his other movies. A TV western with Tom Berenger in the 90s where he was hardly recognizable behind a ton of plastic surgery.

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    Default He was a good guy for a long time until his stunt man act wore out.

    I remember his laugh...on Johnny Carson, when they broke each other up, with WHIPPED CREAM, and ICE CUBES.

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    So, this is for them.
    GOD BLESS AMERICA - IN GOD WE TRUST !

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