Iconic Actor Burt Reynolds Dies at Age 82

Posted September 06, 2018

College football commentator Lee Corso has been known to joke about the fact that he and Reynolds were roommates at Florida State.

Reynolds came to stardom in Deliverance and Smokey and the Bandit in the 1970s, and was still making movies more than 40 years later.

Very early in his TV career, he played Quint on Gunsmoke.

His charismatic notoriety soared through the late 1970s and into the 1980s, during which he spearheaded the "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Cannonball Run" movie franchises. Reynolds had lived in Florida for many years and had suffered ill health in recent years.

His performance in 1997's "Boogie Nights" earned him an Oscar nomination, and he won the Golden Globe.

Rejected roles aside, Reynolds made quite a career for himself as a devil-may-care man film fans either wanted to be or wanted to be with.

Born in southern Georgia, Reynolds and his family moved to MI and eventually to southeastern Florida, according to his profile on the website of the Florida Artist Hall of Fame, in which he was inducted in 1993. Reynolds - who played football while he attended Florida State University - played an ex-professional football player who returns to rural Evening Shade, Arkansas, to coach a losing high-school football team. Reynolds also starred alongside singer and actress Dolly Parton in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

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"I had a tremendous freshman year, then I had gotten hurt at the beginning of my sophomore year and had my knee operated on", Reynolds says in the interview.

He has one adult son, Quinton Anderson Reynolds, from his second marriage.

With his sex symbol good looks and mischievous, self-deprecating sense of humor, Reynolds always seemed like a shoe-in for big-screen stardom.

In April 1972, the actor posed nude on a bearskin rug for Cosmopolitan and nearly a decade later even ended up on the cover of Playboy.

Later the red leather jacket Reynolds wore in Smokey and the Bandit was part of a collection of memorabilia sold off by the actor in 2014 to pay off mortgage debts of a rumoured $1.4 million.

He would later call Field "the one that got away".