Iconic Hollywood leading man Burt Reynolds passed away this morning (6th September 2018) in Florida from cardiac arrest at the age of 82.
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At one stage the most bankable name in Hollywood, Reynolds was the highest grossing star of the year for 5 straight years between 1978 and 1982 and was the lead in such memorable films as The Longest Yard, Smokey and the Bandit and Deliverance.
A one time Oscar nominee for his supporting role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights (1997), Reynolds was an actor who favoured star roles in action and comedy movies more than those with awards buzz, and was apparently so unhappy at how he was presented in Boogie Nights that he fired his agent.
A seven time Golden Globe nominee for film and television performances, and a sex icon in his own time, Reynolds has long been one of the most recognisable names and faces in Hollywood.
In the final words of his memoirs, he wrote “I always wanted to experience everything and go down swinging […] nobody had more fun than I did.”
Our thoughts are with his loved ones during this difficult time.