Burt Reynolds dead at 82

Burt Reynolds dies at the age of 82

The actor had struggled with health issues in recent years and underwent major heart surgery in February 2010.

Reynolds was hospitalized in 2013 after a bout with dehydration and severe flu symptoms. "I've had so many operations, and scars all over the place", he told the Sun-Times in 2011.

"I went home and shaved then had the operation the next day".

"I'm leaving. I'm not the player I was", Reynolds told his teammates.

In September 2009, Reynolds checked into rehab for an addiction to prescription drugs. He created the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre, a non-profit dedicated to involving the community in all aspects of the arts and preserving Reynolds' legacy for generations to come.

Tennis great Boris Becker described Reynolds in a tweet as "one of the last icons in Hollywood", while "Lord of the Rings" star Elijah Wood lamented the "passing of a legend".

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

Reynolds also directed several movies in which he starred, including Gator (1976), The End (1978), Sharky's Machine (1981) and Stick (1985). "And I've had a good time through it all".

"As a result, I missed a lot of opportunities to show I could play serious roles".

"It was the only time I saw men get up, sick, and walk out of a theater", he added.

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Reynolds is survived by his son, Quenton, whom he adopted with ex-wife Loni Anderson, when he was three days old. He also referred to Field as "the love of my life" during his 2015 interview with ET.

Burton Leon Reynolds was born on February 11, 1936, in Lansing, Michigan, to parents Fern and Burton Milo Reynolds. His family settled in Riviera Beach, Florida, after his father, who served in the Army, returned from Europe in 1946. He was a fine athlete and played American football at Florida State University in the 1950s before his professional American football hopes were dashed by injuries suffered in a auto crash.

Although he meant to go professional, his career was cut short by a series of injuries. He played football players in The Longest Yard and Semi-Tough - not a huge stretch for him, since he'd attended college on a football scholarship. Reynolds turned his attention to acting, moving to NY, where he struggled for several years until he landed a role in a revival of Mr. Roberts starring Charlton Heston in 1956. That film is scheduled to be released in 2019.

Reynolds in 1972 starred alongside Jon Voight, Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox in Deliverance, a film about four Atlanta businessmen and buddies who took a canoe trip on a remote Georgia river that went terribly wrong.

The T-top coupe remains so popular today that there companies that still build replicas, and one called Trans Am Depot has even turned the modern Chevrolet Camaro into a doppelganger for Bo Darville's ride.

As recently as July the actor was hoping to reconnect with Field with whom he was estranged.

But the poorly received films like Stroker Ace, Cannonball Run II, Rent-a-Cop and Heat took his career in a downward direction.

He earned his first and only Oscar nomination in 1998 for Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights".

"Gutted Burt Reynolds has died".

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