The Hollywood legend and Oscar nominee, Burt Reynolds has passed away on Thursday at the age 82. His family announced that he suffered a severe heart attack and died in a Florida hospital. He went heart bypass surgery in 2010. He was a famous comedian of 1970s cinema and a huge box office draw at his peak with his reputation as a hard-drinking playboy. He wasn’t just a movie icon, but he was a passionate, sensitive, and generous person.
The career of Reynolds spanned 6 decades. He also earned Golden Globe, Oscar nomination, and a number of major awards for his sketch of porn director Jack Horner in the film Boogie Nights in 1997. He drew critical compliments for his performance last year in the indie movie “The Last Movie Star”. He was considered the gold of box office in the 1970s and 1980s with some hits including Starting Over, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and Smokey and the Bandit. These films got popularity at the box office.
He earned 3 Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Editing. Reynolds made an acting appearance during recent years. He performed in various films and TV shows. He was also cast in the upcoming “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”. This film was directed by Quentin Tarantino and it was scheduled for release next year.
Tributes poured in for the late star on the news and his fellow actors and other celebrities expressed their feelings in tweets:
Burt Reynolds was one of my heroes. He was a trailblazer. He showed the way to transition from being an athlete to being the highest paid actor, and he always inspired me. He also had a great sense of humor – check out his Tonight Show clips. My thoughts are with his family.
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) September 6, 2018
Very sad to hearing about the passing of Burt Reynolds. He was a great actor, a philanthropist and a pioneer of the cool mustache. Thank you, Burt. You will be missed. pic.twitter.com/nuuFWMSnJg
— Steve Harvey (@IAmSteveHarvey) September 6, 2018
— Mark Wahlberg (@markwahlberg) September 6, 2018
— Reba (@reba) September 6, 2018
RIP Burt Reynolds. Seems his whole career was tongue in cheek. Always warm and funny.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) September 6, 2018