Burt Reynolds, 1970s/'80s Film Icon and Emmy Winner, Dead at 82

Burt Reynolds

"I didn't take the part that would be the most challenging", Reynolds said in an interview with CNN.

The actor suffered cardiac arrest and died at Jupiter Medical in Florida on Thursday morning, surrounded by his family, manager Erik Kritzer told the Hollywood Reporter. The film is expected to hit theatres in 2019.

He is also known to have owned several custom-made sports cars, 150 horses, and an impressive toupee collection valued at $100,000.

He spent his last days dependent on a cane and a wheelchair after he had been ravaged by heart disease and arthritis, and reportedly battled addiction to pain pills. Reynolds was romantically linked with a string of women that, among others, included tennis star Chris Evert, Smokey and the Bandit co-star Sally Field, and singer and longtime partner Dinah Shore, who was 20 years older.

However, Reynolds career never gained the subsequent momentum that Boogie Nights suggested it might, and much of his work since consisted of small roles in low budget movies and TV voicework on shows such as King of the Hill and American Dad.

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"Burt Reynolds was one of my heroes", the former California governor wrote on Twitter. Even earlier in his career, he passed up the opportunity to play Batman in the 1960s television series and later turned down the role Richard Gere played in Pretty Woman.

Toward the end of the decade he received critical kudos for his performance as a self-deluded porno director in Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights, which brought him an Oscar nomination for supporting actor. In the 80's, Reynolds' career cooled off considerably, but the CBS sitcom Evening Shade, which ran from 1990-94, helped revive him in the public eye.

Another poor decision came around the release of Deliverance (1972).

Still, Reynolds had plenty other roles in which he could revel in - the MI native was the top-grossing movie star in Hollywood for each year from 1978 to 1982.

Reynolds experienced some health issues later in his life. In 1988, he married actress Loni Anderson, but that also ended bitterly in 1993.

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