Burt Reynold Dead: 'Smokey and the Bandit' Star Passes Away At 82

There is more sad news coming out of Hollywood this week, as another legend is gone. Movie star Burt Reynolds has passed away at the age of 82. Reynolds was one of the biggest stars in Hollywood during the 1970s and 1980s. People will remember him from his roles in classics like Smokey and the Bandit, Cannonball Run and Boogie Nights.

Burt Reynolds backstory is even as impressive as his run in Hollywood. He was born in Michigan, but was raised in Florida. He grew up to become a football star at Florida State University, but that career choice came to an end after a knee injury and car accident. No more dreams of the NFL for Reynolds, so he packed up and moved to New York City after he graduated from Florida State. He wanted to become an actor and he had some recurring roles in the 1960s in Gunsmoke, Riverboat and Hawk. However, his career truly took off after his performance as Lewis Medlock in the 1972 classic Deliverance.

His death news was reported by The Hollywood Reporterwhich was confirmed by Reynolds' manager. He passed away at the Jupiter Medical Center in Jupiter, Florida, earlier this morning. At this time, no cause of death has been given. He was actually about to make his comeback on the Hollywood scene, as he was ready to shoot Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. In this role, Reynolds was slated to play George Spahn, who happens to be the man that let Charles Manson and his "family" stay at his ranch before the infamous Sharon Tate murder.

Reynolds was the man in Hollywood for a while, as he once had four movies playing in theaters at the same time, which never happens nowadays! And he was so busy with his acting gigs, he even had to turn down some pretty big roles over the years. Those roles included Han Solo in Star Wars, which of course went to Harrison Ford, along with John McClane in Die Hard, which went to Bruce Willisand Garrett Breedlove of Terms of Endearment, a role that went to Jack Nicholson and won him his second Oscar! Burt has stated that turning down the Breedlove role was the worst mistake of his professional career. He will surely be missed!


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