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Film star Burt Reynolds dies aged 82

Film star Burt Reynolds dies aged 82

This week, Mr Reynold's agent, Todd Eisner, told NBC News the passing of the veteran actor was "heartbreaking". Known for his easy grin and handsome looks, his movie work took a leap with 1971's Deliverance, with the controversial drama rocketing him to a period of major stardom in the 1970s and "80s".

However, in 1997 Reynolds sent Hollywood a signal that he wasn't done with the big screen.

His roles over the years ranged and pivoted from Southern heartthrob to tough guy to comedy, notably for his role as Rep. David Dilbeck in the 1996 film "Striptease", which flopped at the box office but earned him widespread praise for his comedic prowess.

After appearing in several plays, Reynolds began booking TV roles, and soon broke through with his role in the 1972 thriller "Deliverance".

"I thought maybe this film is more important in a lot of ways than we've given it credit for", he said in an interview years later. "By the time I finally woke up and tried to get it right, nobody would give me a chance". "I've seen women do that (before)", but not men.

Reynolds had a long relationship with Florida State University, and was a lifelong FSU Seminoles fan. But when injuries derailed a promising athletic career, Reynolds turned to acting.

Burt Reynolds, a familiar and charismatic star, producer and director whose career has spanned decades, has died.

"Not Burt Reynolds! Grew up loving Smokey and the Bandit when I was a kid".

The Academy Award-nominated actor died at a hospital in Jupiter, Florida, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Again, the star expressed regrets. And there's one thing they can never take away: "Nobody had more fun than I did".

Reynolds was married to actresses Judy Carne from 1963 to 1965 and Loni Anderson from 1988 to 1993. This was a previous health concern for the actor, who underwent heart surgery in 2010. Reynolds also checked into a drug rehab clinic in 2009.

Once among Hollywood's highest-paid actors, Reynolds later fell into financial trouble amid private ventures in an Atlanta restaurant and a professional sports team, though he continued to make cameo appearances and teach acting classes. "It proved I could act, not only to the public but me".

Reynolds, named the top box office draw for five consecutive years by The National Association of Theatre Owners, was an Oscar nominee, a two-time Golden Globe victor, and the recipient of the People's Choice Award for six straight years.

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