Hollywood star Burt Reynolds dies, aged 82

21st September 1972 Film star Burt Reynolds in relaxed mood

21st September 1972 Film star Burt Reynolds in relaxed mood

Revered Hollywood star Burt Reynolds has died aged 82, his publicist has said.

Tributes poured in for the late star, including from fellow actor Arnold Schwarzenegger and other celebrities. "RIP Bandit", another user wrote.

Before that, he was the archetypal good ol' boy actor, frequently starring in action movies and the kind of hyper-masculine roles that simply don't exist in modern movies. He was true American icon.

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

Burt Reynolds helped promote the auction of the promo vehicle, which came with a batch of memorabilia. Although Reynolds name and face have graced many worthy movies, he will forever be remembered as the charming, devil-may-care Bo "Bandit" Darville in the 1977 pop culture hit Smokey and the Bandit.

Reynolds was also known for roles in popular films like "The Longest Yard" and "Deliverance".

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His manager, Erik Kritzer confirmed the news on Thursday that Reynolds died that morning at Jupiter Medical in Florida.

While THR didn't include a cause of death, The Daily Mail reports that Reynolds died of a heart attack.

Reynolds made a comeback with 1997's "Boogie Nights", for which he was nominated for an Oscar. Though the actor lost the Oscar that year to Robin Williams, he did win a Golden Globe for the role. Reynolds often did his own stunts on film and television.

The Georgia native, whose easy-going charms and handsome looks drew prominent roles in films such as "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Boogie Nights", suffered a cardiac arrest, Eisner said. In 2010, Reynolds underwent a quintuple heart bypass one year after entering rehab to end a reliance on prescription drug habit acquired after back surgery. That film is scheduled to be released in 2019.

Turning his attention to acting, he made the move to NY, struggling to find work for several years until landing a role on stage alongside Charlton Heston in Mr. Roberts in 1956. He also "backed away" from playing Batman on TV in the '60s.

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