News // BURT REYNOLDS DIES AT 82.

Reynolds received an Oscar nomination for Boogie Nights.



Burt Reynolds, the actor who rose to fame in mainstream films like Deliverance, The Longest Yard, and Smokey and the Bandit, has died. He was 82.


During his career, Reynolds became a box office star curating a five-year status as a movie king in the late 1970s and early 1980s. His films stretched beyond just action films to include experimental dramas and romantic comedies. The latter films found him appearing alongside the likes of Jill Clayburgh, Candice Bergen, Dolly Parton, Julie Andrews, and Goldie Hawn in various films.


Possibly his most famous on-screen companion was Sally Field, his co-star in the Smokey and the Bandit films. The first film was a massive success, earning $126 million at the box office.


Reynolds earned a late-in-his-career critical boost for his turn in Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights. For his performance, Reynolds won the Golden Globe for Supporting Actor and was nominated for the Academy Award in the same category, losing to Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting.


Per The Hollywood Reporter, Reynolds was outspoken about the films he looked over throughout his career, some of which he regretted. The most notable was the Jack Nicholson role in James L. Brooks' Terms of Endearment.


Before Boogie Nights brought him awards attention, his other major brush with accolades was in Best Picture nominee Deliverance in 1972. It was during the filming of the film that Reynolds became known for performing many of his own stunts. The film has been described by Reynolds as the one in his filmography that he'd preserve.


Outside of cinema, Reynolds was known as a sex symbol. His famous centerfold for Cosmopolitan in April 1972 found him posing naked on a bearskin rug. He'dThe issue sold over 1.5 million copies. He also later appeared on the cover of Playboy.


He also held a prolific television carer, most notably in the CBS sitcom Evening Shade. He earned an Emmy Award for his work on the show.


Reynolds was born on February 11, 1936, in Waycross, GA, as Burton Milo Reynolds Jr. He was raised in Florida, becoming a football star in his high school years. He followed his sports dreams to Florida State University before suffering a knee injury that ended his football career. He then attended PalmBeach Junior College and began pursuing acting. While studying at the Actors Studio, he roomed with Rip Torn.


Reynolds and his Smokey co-star, Field, dated at one time. He was also linked to Dinah Shore, Inger Stevens, and Chris Evert. From 1963-1966, he was married to Judy Carne. From 1988-1993, he was married to Loni Anderson.


He is survived by his son, Quinton, whom Reynolds adopted with Anderson.

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