Burt Reynolds, star of Knoxville's 'The Last Movie Star,' dead at 82

06 September, 2018, 23:33 | Author: Rachel Mcdaniel
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He said: 'No comment, just heartbreaking'.

A MI native transplanted to Florida, he was an American football player in his youth, but switched to acting after a knee injury was aggravated by a auto accident.

"Defining Moments", a film featuring one of Reynolds's last roles, is scheduled to be released in December.

We're working to gather more information. "I was interested in having a good time", Reynolds said in his 2015 memoir, But Enough About Me. Blake Edwards cast him in the lead of the American remake of The Man Who Loved Women in 1983.

Reynolds was born in Lansing, Michigan, on February 11, 1936.

At Palm Beach High School, he first made a name for himself as a football star and earned an athletic scholarship to Florida State University.

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Overall, Reynolds' career spanned more than 200 credits across film and television.

His profile got a bump in the early seventies when he posed naked on a bear skin rug for Cosmopolitan magazine, but his film breakthrough arose shortly after with Deliverance - another story of backwoods behaviour - in which Reynolds starred opposite Jon Voight.

After a couple of flops in the late eighties, he returned to TV in sitcom Evening Shade but made a triumphant return to the big screen in Boogie Nights in 1997. In 1977's Smokey and the Bandit, Jackie Gleason was Smokey the sheriff, Burt Reynolds was Bandit, and the plot hinged on whether Bandit and a truck-driving pal could blow through Smokey's roadblocks and make the run in 28 hours. He also earned People's Choice Awards in 1979, 1982 and 1983 as all-around male entertainer of the year.

Burt Reynolds, Loni Anderson and Dom DeLuise at The 43rd Primetime Emmy Awards on August 25, 1991 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.

The success of Smokey and the Bandit, though, had a bit of a surprisingly negative effect on Reynolds' career as an actor. And there's one thing they can never take away: "Nobody had more fun than I did".

In a statement on social media, Schwarzenegger called Reynolds one of his heroes and praised the actor's trailblazing spirit as well as his sense of humor.

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