Published: Sun, September 09, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Hollywood legend Burt Reynolds has died

Hollywood legend Burt Reynolds has died

The legendary actor passed away after going into cardiac arrest at a Florida hospital on September 6, according to Us Weekly. He had been set to appear in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Hollywood. Even so, Reynolds had a knack for playing aggressively amusing characters in a wide spectrum of action films and comedies throughout the '70s and '80s. For a period during the "70s he was the nation's top box office draw". In the 80's, Reynolds' career cooled off considerably, but the CBS sitcom Evening Shade, which ran from 1990-94, helped revive him in the public eye.

An Oscar nominee and Golden Globe victor, Burt was one of the most recognisable faces on television and cinema in the 1970s and 1980s. He could be affable with the media but at times downright hostile.

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.

Another of his memorable performances was that of a former pro quarterback who lands in prison and assembles a team of convicts to play the warden's squad of brutal prison guards in 1974's rollicking "The Longest Yard", directed by Robert Aldrich.

He also had relationships with the singer Dinah Shore and the actress Sally Field, whom he called the love of his life. He also starred in The Cannonball Run, a 1981 film about an illegal cross-country race through the United States.

While he had many hits, Reynolds turned down iconic roles such as James Bond, Han Solo in the Star Wars franchise, and Michael Corleone in The Godfather. The couple adopted a son, Quinton. Along the way he picked up an Emmy as best actor in a comedy series.

Famed actor Burt Reynolds has passed away. He attended Florida State University for two years on a football scholarship, but his sports career was derailed by a knee injury sustained in a auto accident. He appeared in a supporting role in 2005's remake with Adam Sandler.

"We don't really talk to each other, no", she shared. But Reynolds said he regrettably skipped some roles that were more challenging in favor of some fun parts. He then went on to fill the title roles on ABC dramas Hawk (in 1966), Dan August (1970) and B.L. Stryker (1989). He was simultaneously making movies, starting with "Armored Command" and "Angel Baby" in 1961.

His big film break came when he was cast in 1972's Deliverance, about a group of friends on a rafting trip in Georgia, who are tormented by some psychotic locals.

The actor, who was known to have a hot temper, starred in several critically acclaimed movies but leaned more toward popular fare often panned by critics.

After shooting to fame in 1972's Deliverance, Burt became a megastar throughout the 70s and 80s and was nominated for an Oscar for his role in the 1998 film Boogie Nights. In fact, the role of the former Astronaut in Terms of Endearment was specifically written for Reynolds but he passed it over to do the race auto film, Stroker Ace.

After losing the Oscar he continued to work regularly in indifferent projects like The Crew, Mystery, Alaska and Universal Soldier III.

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