Burt Reynolds, Star Of Smokey And The Bandit, Dies At Age 82

21st September 1972 Film star Burt Reynolds in relaxed mood

During his illustrious career, Reynolds starred on TV's "Gunsmoke" (1962-1965) and "Evening Shade" (1990-1994), and was one of the biggest box-office draws of all time, appearing in such hits as "Deliverance" (1972), "The Longest Yard" (1974), the "Smokey and the Bandit" films (1977-19803), the "Cannonball Run" films (1981-1984), "Sharky's Machine" (1981), "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" (1982), and "Boogie Nights" (1997). But when injuries derailed a promising athletic career, Reynolds turned to acting. He's been consistently working since he broke into TV in the late 1950s.

Actor Burt Reynolds died Thursday at the age of 82 after suffering a heart attack in Florida, according to CNN.

Smith's most memorable Reynolds reference was in Mallrats, when T.S. and Brodie talk with Alyssa Jones about a party during which Alyssa had sex with Clerks baddie Rick Derris on a pool table, while Rick and Alyssa were dressed as Smokey and The Bandit. And there's one thing they can never take away: "Nobody had more fun than I did".

During the peak of his success, he had money, mansions, and wives - including the famous Loni Anderson, whom he divorced in 1993. In March, he said on the "Today" show that ex-girlfriend Sally Field, who was also his co-star in "Smokey and the Bandit", was the love of his life.

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Reynolds was best known as an action star, often preferring to do his own stunts, but balanced his resume with romantic, comedic and dramatic parts, too, earning his lone Oscar nomination in 1998 for "Boogie Nights".

Years later, with a mustache gone gray, he suffered from health issues that included open heart surgery. The objective was "to regain control of his life" after becoming addicted to painkillers prescribed following back surgery, his manager said. "It proved I could act, not only to the public but me". "He showed the way to transition from being an athlete to being the highest paid actor, and he always inspired me".

Even in his older years, Reynolds continued his work in both film and television. He was cast in the upcoming Quentin Tarantino directed "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood", scheduled for release next year.

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