R.I.P. Burt Reynolds

The actor was 82
R.I.P. Burt Reynolds
Burt Reynolds — the actor, director and producer known for starring in DeliveranceSmokey and the Bandit and Boogie Nights — has died. Reynolds' manager, Erik Kritzer, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that the actor passed away in Jupiter, Florida this morning. He was 82.

Born in Lansing, Michigan in 1936, Reynolds began acting on television in the late 50's. The early 60's saw him make his film debut in 1961's Angel Baby, while joining the cast of TV Western Gunsmoke in 1962.

Reynolds saw his fame skyrocket after being cast in John Boorman's 1972 film Deliverance. The 70's brought Reynolds further success with 1974's The Longest Yard and 1977's Smokey and the Bandit. The latter was the highest grossing film of that year behind Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, and spawned a pair of sequels in 1980 and 1983.

Reynolds also starred in Paul Thomas Anderson's 1997 film Boogie Nights, which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Reynolds made his directorial debut in 1976 with Gator, following that up with 1978's The End. He also leant his voice acting chops to 1989's All Dogs Go to Heaven. He also voiced the character Avery Carrington in 2002 video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

Earlier this year, Reynolds had been named to the cast of Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in HollywoodTMZ reports that Reynolds died of a heart attack. The actor had undergone heart bypass surgery in 2010.

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