Today Hollywood is mourning the loss of a legendary actor and leading man known for his machismo and his moustache. Burt Reynolds, star of such films as Deliverance, The Longest Yard and Smokey and the Bandit, reportedly passed away at Jupiter Medical in Florida today. The cause of death was not released but he was known to have had a quintuple heart bypass back in 2010. Reynolds had been in the process of shooting Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. He was 82 years old.
Burt Reynolds originally had dreams of being a professional football player but injuries in college ended his sports career before it really even started. He began acting on TV in the ’50s and ’60s, also appearing in some low budget movies while reportedly being considered to play James Bond at one point as well. It wasn’t until he starred in John Boorman’s 1972 film Deliverance that his career really took off.
Throughout the ’70s and early ’80s, he was a major Hollywood star appearing in some of the biggest box office hits of the time including Smokey and the Bandit, Hooper, The Cannonball Run and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Reynolds also experienced a bit of a resurgence in the ’90s thanks to P.T. Anderson’s Boogie Nights in 1997, which earned him Golden Globe and Oscar nominations. Last year he also received acclaim for his performance in Adam Rifkin’s The Last Movie Star and he has a role in Tarantino’s next movie, although it is unclear how his death will affect the production. What are your favourite Burt Reynolds performances?