Hollywood legend Burt Reynolds dies, aged 82

Burt Reynolds Dead

British audiences fondly came to notice Burt Reynolds in Specsavers ads on TV, and he managed his later years with good humour and self-deprecation.

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.

In 1998, Reynolds scored his sole Oscar nomination for best supporting actor after his portrayal of a porn film producer in the film "Boogie Nights", despite his dislike of the film and its apparent glorification of the porn industry.

After an early start in theatre, Burt secured small roles in low budget films in the 1950s and 1960s before making his breakthrough in Deliverance.

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He later said he regretted that centerfold image, which showed Reynold's spread out across a bearskin rug, and said it distracted attention from his "Deliverance" co-stars and likely cost them an Academy Award. He had a troubled marriage to Judy Carne, a romance with Dinah Shore and a relationship with Field damaged by his acknowledged jealousy of her success.

He was thus cast in his first A-title role, in John Boorman's Deliverance, one of the most popular and well received films of 1972 (several major actors, including Marlon Brando, had turned the role down before it was offered to Reynolds).

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In movies like Smokey and the Bandit, and The Cannonball Run (with their various sequels) or WW and the Dixie Dance Kings, Reynolds popularised like no other actor that twinkly-eyed male star, with a touch of the rebel.

During his career, he would also become known as much for the hit movies he racked up as the big roles he turned down. The star went on to appear in almost 200 films throughout his lifetime. He also appeared in the 2005 remake starring Adam Sandler.

Born February 11, 1936, in Lansing, Michigan, Reynolds began acting after he was injured while attending Florida State University on a football scholarship.

Field was asked again about Reynolds still holding a torch for her during "The Jess Cagle Interview" on Sirius XM in 2016, and the Oscar-winning actress said that the two didn't "really talk to each other" anymore. He continued to act into his old age, and his latest film, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood", is now filming and slated to premiere in 2019.

He had his hopes pinned on playing football professionally but his dream ended after he suffered separate injuries in both in his knees.

He also fronted such commercial favorites as "Smokey and the Bandit", and had a hit TV show in the 1990s with "Evening Shade". - Dolly Parton, who posted the statement on social media along with a photo of Reynolds in a sheriff's uniform in their 1982 film "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas".

He eventually regained his health, and in 1988 he married Anderson.

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