Burt Reynolds dead: Boogie Nights and Deliverance star dies age 82 after cardiac arrest

September 16, 2018
Burt Reynolds

BURT Reynolds has died.

The Oscar-nominated actor, who starred in Boogie Nights and Deliverance, has died at the age of 82 after going into cardiac arrest, US Weekly confirmed.

He passed away on Thursday at a hospital in Jupiter, Florida, with his family by his side.

Fans had been concerned about his health in recent years, ever since he was seen on multiple occasions not looking his usual self.

The charismatic star appeared in a number of famous films, including The Longest Yard and Smokey and the Bandit.

A statement was released by Burt’s family following his death.

His niece said: “My uncle was not just a movie icon; he was a generous, passionate and sensitive man who has dedicated to his family, friends, fans and acting students.

“He has had health issues, however, this was totally unexpected. He was tough. Anyone who breaks their tailbone on a river and finishes the movie is tough.

“And that’s who he was. My uncle was looking forward to working with Quentin Tarantino [in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood] and the amazing cast that was assembled.”

Burt received an Oscar nomination for his role as porn director Jack Horner in 1997’s Boogie Nights.

He was the number one box office attraction for an impressive five-year stretch of the 1970s and was famed for performing his own stunts.

Burt also starred in a number of romantic comedies with some huge female stars, including appearing alongside Dolly Parton in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and with Goldie Hawn in Best Friends.

The actor may have been beloved by his audiences, but he was rarely seen favourably by critics.

The first night he saw himself in Boogie Nights, he was so unhappy that he actually fired his agent.

But in the end, he went on to win a Golden Globe for his performance, however, he did lose an Oscar to Robin Williams who won for his role in Good Will Hunting.

Writing in his memoir But Enough About Me in 2015, Burt said: “I didn’t open myself to new writers or risky parts because I wasn’t interested in challenging myself as an actor, I was interested in having a good time.

“As a result, I missed a lot of opportunities to show I could play serious roles. By the time I finally woke up and tried to get it right, nobody would give me a chance.”

Burt was Hollywood’s top-grossing star every single year between 1978 and 1982 - the longest stretch the business had seen since Bing Crosby’s reign in the 1940s.

But his career was just as marked as the movies he didn’t make. He famously turned down the role of Hans Solo in Star Wars, with Harrison Ford going on to star in the iconic role instead.

Burt also passed on playing retired astronaut Garrett Breedlove in Terms of Endearment and cop John McClane in Die Hard.

He was often quoting as saying that passing on Terms of Endearment - a role Jack Nicholson won an Oscar for - was one of his worst career mistakes.

Burt was married twice, first to Judy Carne from 1963 to 1965 and then to Loni Anderson from 1988 to 1993.

He has one child, a son, Quinton Anderson Reynolds.

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