Actor Burt Reynolds, superstar of 1970s cinema, dies at 82

21st September 1972 Film star Burt Reynolds in relaxed mood

He brought the decade to a successful close with the action film Hooper and the urbane comedy Starting Over and began the '80s with a popular sequel to Smokey.

Reynolds scored another major role as the lead in the Smokey and the Bandit series, which seemed to perfectly fit his image as a smooth and sharply sarcastic country boy with a disregard for authority. He rebounded a bit with the hit sitcom, Evening Shade, for which he won an Emmy in 1991, but outside of Boogie Nights, he had trouble finding good roles in his later years.

And somehow, he kept coming back - most famously, perhaps, in the 1997 award victor Boogie Nights, where he played a porn director who had dreams of making movies that were more than (just) porn.

Reynolds called it "by far" his best film. My thoughts are with his family.

Very sad to hearing about the passing of Burt Reynolds. "By the time I finally woke up and tried to get it right, nobody would give me a chance".

Burt Reynolds & Clint Eastwood were fired from GUNSMOKE & RAWHIDE at the same time. His family eventually moved from MI to Florida, where Burt attended Palm Beach High School and played halfback on the football team.

More recently, in 2005 Reynolds starred in the Adam Sandler film The Longest Yard and played Boss Hogg in The Dukes of Hazzard remake. He appeared naked - reclining on a bearskin rug with his arm strategically positioned for the sake of modesty - in a centrefold in the women's magazine Cosmopolitan in 1972.

Reynolds starred in many movies including "Deliverance", "Smokey and the Bandit" and "The Cannonball Run". Reynolds also generated attention for financial woes and his struggles with prescription pain medication.

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He was also offered the role of British super spy James Bond, Reynolds said, but he turned it down, thinking only an Englishman should play that iconic role.

Reynolds reportedly turned down the roles of Han Solo in Star Wars and John McClane in Die Hard, later saying he was more interesting in enjoying himself than pushing himself as an actor.

Again, the star expressed regrets.

"For two more days, I sat in there".

He was married in the 1980s to "WKRP in Cincinnati" star Loni Anderson, with whom he had a son before the couple ended up in a bitter divorce.

In 1997 Reynolds was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in "Boogie Nights".

Years later, with a mustache gone gray, he suffered from health issues that included open heart surgery.

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