Burt Reynolds, star of film, TV and tabloids, dead at 82

21st September 1972 Film star Burt Reynolds in relaxed mood

21st September 1972 Film star Burt Reynolds in relaxed mood

But he also was a frequent nominee for the Razzie, the tongue-in-cheek award for Hollywood's worst performance, and his personal life provided ongoing drama, particularly after an acrimonious divorce from Anderson in 1995.

Reynolds reportedly waved off roles as James Bond and "Star Wars" character Han Solo. He told the Mirror he regretted his bad choices.

Reynolds then focused on acting and moved to New York City where he struggled to find his footing. "I was recently with my friend Clint Eastwood, who's had one of the most successful careers of all".

Reynolds called it "by far" his best film.

'I'll never forget how much that meant to me'. "It wasn't original. But if you have to steal, steal from the best".

Radar can reveal Reynolds took his last breath at Jupiter Medical Hospital in his home state of Florida. And off-screen, he also cultivated an outlaw vibe - including posing nude on a bearskin rug for Cosmopolitan. I don't know what I was thinking.

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"I just kept working", Reynolds recounted to ET in 2015 about struggling with addiction and battling rumors that he was dying of AIDS due to his extreme weight loss.

Another enduring hit came in 1977 when Reynolds starred in Smokey and the Bandit, a madcap action comedy in which the actor played a rebellious trucker, Bo Darville (aka "Bandit"), hired to drive bootleg booze across state lines. They dated for five years, and broke up in 1982. "You find the flawless person, and then you do everything you can to screw it up".

Reynolds rose to fame in the '70s and had a prolific career.

The Burt Reynolds Ranch was a sprawling 153-acre estate, which included a petting zoo which was used for filming scenes for Smokey and the Bandit. He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in "Boogie Nights". "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. He underwent quintuple heart bypass surgery in 2010 and was hospitalised in intensive care in 2013 with the flu.

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