Friday, September 7, 2018

Burt Reynolds Dead: 'Smokey and the Bandit' and 'The Longest Yard' Star was 82

 Burt Reynolds Dead: 'Smokey and the Bandit'

and 'The Longest Yard' Star was 822 

Burt Reynolds, the mustachioed megastar who first strutted on screen more than half a century ago, died Thursday, according to his agent

Legendary actor Burt Reynolds infographic about his life

Burt Reynolds, the legendary actor with the attractive smile and mustache who played a lead role in iconic films like "Smokey and the Bandit" and "The Longest Yard," has died Thursday morning from cardiac arrest, at the age 82.

Burton Leon Reynolds Jr. (February 11, 1936 – September 6, 2018) was an American actor, director, and producer. He first starring in television series such as Gunsmoke (1962–1965), Hawk (1966), and Dan August (1970–1971).

Reynold's career at Peak in the ‘70s after his breakout film role as Lewis Medlock in 1972’s “Deliverance.” He went on to appear in nearly 200 films throughout his lifetime.

His breakout film role was as Lewis Medlock in Deliverance (1972). Reynolds played the leading role in a number of box office hits, such as The Longest Yard (1974), Smokey and the Bandit (1977), Semi-Tough (1977), Hooper (1978), Smokey and the Bandit II (1980), The Cannonball Run (1981) and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982).

After a few box office failures, Reynolds returned to television, starring in the sitcom Evening Shade (1990–1994). He received an Oscar nomination for "Boogie Nights" in 1997.

Born Burton Leon Reynolds Jr. in Waycross, Ga., Reynolds attended Florida State University for two years on a football scholarship. However, his promising career as a running back was cut short after he suffered a knee injury in a car accident.

Men are like that, you know. You find the perfect person, and then you do everything you can to screw it up
- Burt Reynolds on his relationship with Sally Field

Reynolds then focused on acting and moved to New York City where he struggled to find his footing. His first credited role was the 1958 TV series “Flight.” He also made several guest roles in shows such as “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Perry Mason” and “The Twilight Zone,” among others.

Source: Wikipedia, Foxnews

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