Acting icon Burt Reynolds dead at 82

Rosalie Gross
September 6, 2018

Actor Burt Reynolds, the mustachioed icon who starred in such films as Smokey and the Bandit, Deliverance and The Cannonball Run, has died at 82, CBS News confirmed on Thursday.

College football commentator Lee Corso has been known to joke about the fact that he and Reynolds were roommates at Florida State.

His first big movie breakout role was as Lewis Medlock in box office hit Deliverance in 1972. "I've seen women do that (before)", but not men. Even earlier in his career, he passed up the opportunity to play Batman in the 1960s television series and later turned down the role Richard Gere played in Pretty Woman. Reynolds was romantically linked with a string of women that, among others, included tennis star Chris Evert, Smokey and the Bandit co-star Sally Field, and singer and longtime partner Dinah Shore, who was 20 years older.

But Burt didn't let his financial issues hold back his career, going on to star in 47 films after declaring bankruptcy. He was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his role as porn director Jack Horner in Boogie Nights in 1997.

Reynolds, known for his manly swagger, and was something of a 1970s sex symbol after rising to prominence on TV shows Gunsmoke and Dan August.

Born in Lansing, Michigan on February 11, 1936, Reynolds moved to South Florida in 1946, when his father became police chief in Riviera Beach.

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Born in MI in 1936, Reynolds played football for Florida State University before injuries ended his sports career and he moved into acting.

Reynolds and Anderson had one son, Quinton.

From left to right: Adam Rifkin, Brian Cavallaro, Robert DeNiro, Burt Reynolds, Chevy Chase, Ariel Winter, Kathleen Nolan, Gordon Whitener, Neil Mandt and Juston Street attend the "Dog Years" Premiere during 2017 Tribeca Film Festival at Cinepolis Chelsea on April 22, 2017 in New York City.

He would later call Field "the one that got away".

Reynolds was famously married to actress Loni Anderson from 1988-1993, and was also married to Judy Carne for two years in the 1960s. Reynolds continued to support Florida State after becoming a big-time Hollywood star and was often spotted on the sidelines or in the stands during gameday.

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