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Burt Reynolds, whose charming smile entertained us through decades, is dead at 82

Matt Boster

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Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Sep 06 2018 2:29 PM

(RNN) – Burt Reynolds, the charismatic actor known for playing a charming rogue in “Smokey and the Bandit” and “Cannonball Run” - then later in "Boogie Nights," has died at age 82. 

The actor died Thursday morning at Jupiter Medical Center in Florida, his manager told the Hollywood Reporter. The actor underwent heart surgery back in 2010.

Reynolds was one of the most popular male actors of the 1970s and 1980s. His charm and chiseled features – fronted by a sly and somewhat sinister grin – made him a sex symbol during his prime and a highly sought leading man in Hollywood.

He was in the middle of filming the movie "One Upon a Time in Hollywood" with Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie. Another movie, "Defining Moments," is slated to be released in December 2018. 

Critics rarely gave him credit for his roles, which changed later in life when he received an Oscar nomination for his role as pornography director in "Boogie Nights."

He got into acting after a promising football career at Florida State University was derailed by injuries. His scholarship to the Hyde Park Playhouse in New York provided Reynolds valuable mentorship and the platform for what was to become a successful film career.

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