Hollywood icon Burt Reynolds is no more

Hollywood icon Burt Reynolds is no more

Los Angeles - Reynolds, the handsome film and television star died on Thursday at age 82.


Published: Fri 7 Sep 2018, 11:02 PM

Last updated: Sat 8 Sep 2018, 2:27 AM

Burt Reynolds, the mustachioed heart-throb of 1970s cinema who won acclaim in Deliverance and a host of awards later in his career for Boogie Nights, died on Thursday, his family announced.
The famously suave 82-year-old, a huge box office draw at his peak who had a reputation as a hard-drinking playboy, reportedly suffered a heart attack and died at a hospital in Florida.
"It is with a broken heart that I said goodbye to my uncle today," the actor's niece Nancy Lee Hess, said in a statement. "My uncle was not just a movie icon; he was a generous, passionate and sensitive man, who was dedicated to his family, friends, fans and acting students." Reynolds, whose career spanned six decades, earned a Golden Globe, Oscar nomination and several critics' awards for his portrayal of porn director Jack Horner in the 1997 film Boogie Nights. Last year, he also drew critical acclaim for his performance in the indie movie The Last Movie Star.
The actor was considered box office gold in the 1970s and early 80s with such hits as Smokey and the Bandit, Starting Over, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, films that were popular at the box office and often less popular with critics. It was his breakout role in the 1972 thriller Deliverance, in which he plays macho survivalist Lewis Medlock, that cemented his status as one of Hollywood's leading men in the 1970s and 80s. 

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