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The real bandit, Burt Reynolds, dead at 82

The real bandit, Burt Reynolds, dead at 82

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. He showed the way to transition from being an athlete to being the highest paid actor, and he always inspired me.

Tributes flooded in for Reynolds from fans and fellow actors, as well as his co-stars.

"The entire Florida State University family is saddened to learn we have lost our good friend Burt Reynolds".

The moustachioed actor had undergone heart bypass surgery in 2010.

Reynolds began taking over as one of Hollywood's top leading men in the late 1970s, when he became the number one box-office attraction for five consecutive years.

He shot to fame in the 1972 film, Deliverance, and starred in Smokey and the Bandit, Boogie Nights and The Cannonball Run.

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In a statement to the Press Association, a spokesman for Reynolds said the star died in hospital in Jupiter, Florida, on Thursday morning after suffering a heart attack. Reynolds often did his own stunts on film and television.

Turning his attention to acting, he made the move to NY, struggling to find work for several years until landing a role on stage alongside Charlton Heston in Mr. Roberts in 1956.

His last high-profile gig was the big bad Boss Hogg in the 2005 remake of The Dukes of Hazzard, though Reynolds kept working through the end of his life, most recently signing on to an upcoming Quentin Tarantino movie called Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The Georgia native, whose easy-going charms and handsome looks drew prominent roles in films such as "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Boogie Nights", suffered a cardiac arrest, Eisner said. The actor reportedly turned down the roles of both Han Solo in Star Wars and John McClane in Die Hard.

During the peak of his success, he had money, mansions, and wives - including the famous Loni Anderson, whom he divorced in 1993.


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