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Hollywood actor Burt Reynolds has died aged 82

Hollywood actor Burt Reynolds has died aged 82

Burt Reynolds, the actor who defined '70s machismo on the big screen, has died. He was 82.

According to reports, the star of Smokey and the Bandit, Deliverance and Boogie Nights was recovering from a short illness in hospital when he suffered a heart attack. 

Reynolds died at the Jupiter Medical Center in Florida, his manager told The Hollywood Reporter.

He was the top-grossing star in Hollywood every year from 1978, when he had four movies playing in cinemas at once, through to 1982. 

Reynolds was nominated for an Oscar for his role as a porn director in the 1997 movie, Boogie Nights.

However, according to Hollywood legend, when he watched  himself in the film for the first time, he fired his agent, as he was so unhappy.

Burt Reynolds, left, and Mark Wahlberg in Boogie Nights.
Burt Reynolds, left, and Mark Wahlberg in Boogie Nights.
The macho star also appeared in 1972's Deliverance, which was nominated for three Academy Awards.

More recently, in 2005 Reynolds starred in the Adam Sandler film The Longest Yard and played Boss Hogg in The Dukes of Hazzard remake.

In 2015 he was honoured by the Stuntmen's Association of Motion Pictures with the organisation's Richard "Diamond" Farnsworth Award. Reynolds often did his own stunts on film and television.

Stars have taken to social media to pay tribute to Reynolds.

Reynolds had been set to appear in Quentin Tarantino's next film, Once Upon a Hollywood.

He was married twice. First to to British actress Judy Carne in 1963, who he divorced two years later. In 1988, he married actress Loni Anderson, but that also ended bitterly in 1993.

Reynolds is survived by his son, Quinton.

Republished by permission of Stuff.co.nz.

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