Hollywood Remembers Burt Reynolds: 'The Bandit Stole Our Hearts'

Burt Reynolds dies at the age of 82

The legendary actor passed away on Thursday after suffering cardiac arrest.

Reynolds, who underwent heart surgery in 2010, was involved in Quentin Tarantino's new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood at the time of his death. 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. The movie's infamous rape scene may have helped the public - especially men - better understand the horrors of sexual attacks, Reynolds said.

Reynolds is survived by his son.

The actor soon started to rebuild his fortune, appearing in classics such as Boogie Nights, Without a Paddle, The Dukes of Hazzard.

He recently released his autobiography, But Enough About Me, in 2015.

Burton Leon Reynolds was born on February 11, 1936, in Lansing, Michigan, to parents Fern and Burton Milo Reynolds.

But he also was a frequent nominee for the Razzie, the tongue-in-cheek award for Hollywood's worst performance, and his personal life provided ongoing drama, particularly after an acrimonious divorce from Anderson in 1995.

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His first big movie breakout role was as Lewis Medlock in box office hit Deliverance in 1972.

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 vehicle accident.

He began appearing on television in the late 1950s, but it wasn't until 1962 that he secured a consistent role as the half-Native American blacksmith Quint Asper on Gunsmoke.

Reynolds kicked himself for some of the roles he turned down, such as Jack Nicholson's characters in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Terms of Endearment", and Richard Gere's part in "Pretty Woman". Reynolds continued to support Florida State after becoming a big-time Hollywood star and was often spotted on the sidelines or in the stands during gameday.

"Reynolds" appeal lay in his post-modern macho posture undercut by a wry self-awareness, which he used to good effect in comedies as well as action films. Reynolds was an award-winning actor with numerous nominations under his belt, including his Oscar-nominated best-supporting actor role in Boogie Nights.

"Great to see Mr. De Niro, who I love, and. you know, all the people that I know", he said.

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