Actor Burt Reynolds dies at 82 in Jupiter, Florida,

21st September 1972 Film star Burt Reynolds in relaxed mood

21st September 1972 Film star Burt Reynolds in relaxed mood

He died on Thursday morning at Jupiter Medical Center in Florida, which was confirmed by his manager Erik Kritzer to The Hollywood Reporter.

This week, Mr Reynold's agent, Todd Eisner, told NBC News the passing of the veteran actor was "heartbreaking".

He made his big-screen debut in 1961 in "Angel Baby", starred in the original convict football film "The Longest Yard" (he played halfback at Florida State), and as recently as May 2018 he was cast in "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood".

He starred in films such as Deliverance and Boogie Nights.

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Born Burton Leon Reynolds Jr, the actor often claimed to have been born in Waycross, Georgia, yet admitted in his autobiography But Enough About Me that his life actually began in Lansing, Michigan, and he grew up in Palm Beach, Florida. "By the time I finally woke up and tried to get it right, nobody would give me a chance".

He launched his acting career with TV shows like "Gunsmoke" and "Dan August", but his breakout film role was in "Deliverance" in 1972.

Smith's most memorable Reynolds reference was in Mallrats, when T.S. and Brodie talk with Alyssa Jones about a party during which Alyssa had sex with Clerks baddie Rick Derris on a pool table, while Rick and Alyssa were dressed as Smokey and The Bandit.

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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In a recent interview on the "Today" show, Reynolds said that Field was the love of his life. This was a previous health concern for the actor, who underwent heart surgery in 2010. "It proved I could act, not only to the public but me".

Once among Hollywood's highest-paid actors, Reynolds later fell into financial trouble amid private ventures in an Atlanta restaurant and a professional sports team, though he continued to make cameo appearances and teach acting classes.

Two of Reynold's own "Bandit" Pontiac Trans-Ams have crossed the auction block over the years. Reynolds had mixed feelings about the film in spite of the acclaim.

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