Longtime Hollywood leading man Burt Reynolds has died at the age of 82. The actor rose to prominence in the 1970s and 1980s with roles in films such as “Deliverance,” “Smokey and the Bandit,” “The Longest Yard” and “Semi-Tough.” He earned an Oscar nomination for his role playing pornography director Jack Horner in 1997’s “Boogie Nights.”
Although he achieved a lot of commercial success, his career was marked by ups and downs, and he was often plagued by poor critical reception. However, he often struck a self-effacing and humorous tone when speaking about himself and his career to the press. He continued to act into his old age, and his latest film, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” is currently filming and slated to premiere in 2019. It is unknown whether Reynolds had begun to shoot scenes.
Considered a major heartthrob in his day, Reynolds’ love life was often a topic of interest among his fans and the media. 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. He was married to English actress Judy Carne from 1963 to 1965 and actress Loni Anderson from 1988 to 1993.
In the wake of his death, many of his colleagues in Hollywood have taken to social media to pay tribute to the legendary actor.
Actor-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger called Reynolds “one of my heroes” and “a trailblazer:”
Burt Reynolds was one of my heroes. He was a trailblazer. He showed the way to transition from being an athlete to being the highest paid actor, and he always inspired me. He also had a great sense of humor – check out his Tonight Show clips. My thoughts are with his family.
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) September 6, 2018
Filmmaker Kevin Smith called him a defining movie star of his childhood
As THE movie star of my childhood, the Bandit stole our hearts for decades. I always loved how Burt Reynolds worked with his friends as often as he could and then showcased the fun of movie-making in the end credits of his flicks. He was true American icon. Hate to see him go… https://t.co/jaMZjJA4e8
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) September 6, 2018
His “Boogie Nights” co-star Mark Wahlberg called Reynolds a “legend and a friend” and shared a photo of the two from the movie:
— Mark Wahlberg (@markwahlberg) September 6, 2018
Reba McEntire, who co-starred with Reynolds in the 1993 TV movie “The Man From Left Field,” shared a photo from the movie and called the actor her “good friend,” saying she’ll never forget the “wonderful times” they shared together:
— Reba (@reba) September 6, 2018
What was your favorite Reynolds’ role?