"Smokey And The Bandit" star Burt Reynolds dies at 82

21st September 1972 Film star Burt Reynolds in relaxed mood

21st September 1972 Film star Burt Reynolds in relaxed mood

For a period during the "70s he was the nation's top box office draw". Despite his popularity, Reynolds would one day come to regret some of his career choices. Heavy will continue to update as more information is known.

Reynolds reportedly turned down the roles of Han Solo in Star Wars and John McClane in Die Hard, later saying he was more interesting in enjoying himself than pushing himself as an actor. The same year Woody Allen cast him in a small comedic role in his film Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex. He tapped his athletic background to play star football player-turned-inmate "Paul Crewe" in The Longest Yard.

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Reynolds had visited New Zealand to make the 2004 film Without a Paddle, alongside Seth Green.

He starred in dozens of films, also including White Lightning (1973), W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings (1975), Hustle (1975), Nickelodeon (1976) and Semi-Tough (1977).

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Reynolds called it "by far" his best film.

Reynold's singular, inimitable brand of suave masculinity slowly went out of popular style over the years, and a string of recent auctions featuring his possessions would indicate a few financial struggles along the way. "And it was done with a insane leading man". I grew up watching Cannonball Run. Reynolds being in any one of those roles would have drastically changed the trajectory of his career, not to mention the careers of Adam West, Harrison Ford, Jack Nicholson, Bruce Willis and Richard Gere.

Reynolds suffered from several health issues over the past decade.

And somehow, he kept coming back - most famously, perhaps, in the 1997 award victor Boogie Nights, where he played a porn director who had dreams of making movies that were more than (just) porn.

The success of Smokey and the Bandit, though, had a bit of a surprisingly negative effect on Reynolds' career as an actor. Along the way he picked up an Emmy as best actor in a comedy series. He had a promising future with the program, but he suffered a knee injury in the Seminoles' first game of his sophomore season, then later that year suffered another knee injury and lost his spleen as a result of a auto accident. The Institute, which recently moved into its new home in North Palm Beach, offers classes in acting, improvisation, stage and screen writing and film-making as well as lectures by experts in the film industry. "We never really made up".

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