Burt Reynolds, star of 'Deliverance,' 'Smokey and the Bandit,' dies at 82

Smokey and The Bandit Burt Reynolds

Reynolds' swagger, smile and that damned mustache positioned him as this sleazy but decidedly awesome uncle who only showed up once or twice a year in a cloud of tire and unfiltered cigarette smoke.

The former high school and college athlete plays a washed-up football star in this 1974 film, which pits prisoners in a football game against their guards.

He received an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of adult film director Jack Horner in 1997's "Boogie Nights". Reynolds amassed his wealth from his long career in film and television.

Reynolds often seemed most comfortable in settings that played off his good-ol'-boy image. The movie won Reynolds a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Blake Edwards cast him in the lead of the American remake of The Man Who Loved Women in 1983. While the 1970s were promoting newer, more cerebral, less macho stars like Woody Allen and Dustin Hoffman, Reynolds was a holdout, an unapologetic man's man.

The star described the love of his life as ex-girlfriend Sally Field, whom he dated on-off for five years in the '70s and '80s.

Burt Reynolds, who died Thursday at age 82, was just weeks away from a shooting start on the Quentin Tarantino-directed Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, THR reports.

Reynolds' notoriety soared through the late 1970s and 1980s, during which time he spearheaded the "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Cannonball Run" movie franchises. The magnetic actor was known for his roles in "The Longest Yard", "Deliverance", and the "Smokey and the Bandit" movies.

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Born in south Georgia, Reynolds and his family moved to MI and eventually wound up in southeastern Florida, according to the website of the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, where he was inducted in 1993.

He had his hopes pinned on playing football professionally but his dream ended after he suffered separate injuries in both in his knees. Hollywood has been awash with the news of his passing, and messages of praise and condolences to Reynolds' family from notable industry players have surfaced with continued momentum.

Reynolds went on to say Duncan was the most influential person in his life.

The actor then refocused his efforts primarily on television in the ensuing years, starring in the TV show Evening Shade from 1990 to 1994.

What was your favorite Reynolds' role?

He has one adult son, Quinton Anderson Reynolds, from his second marriage.

He eventually regained his health, and in 1988 he married Anderson.

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