Actor, icon, and man’s man Burt Reynolds has passed away at the age of 82, due to cardiac arrest.
Reynolds dominated the film scene as one of the most popular leading men in the 1970s and 1980s, best known for films like Smokey and the Bandit, and Boogie Nights. He also played various TV roles as well, such as the beloved Evening Shade. He played in comedies and dramas, more introspective fare and action films alike. And yes, he even sang with Dolly Parton in the movie musical, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
He was scheduled to play a role in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film on the Manson Family, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. He was to be George Spahn, the man who rented out his ranch to Manson and his cult stayed prior to the murder of Sharon Tate and others. However, he had not filmed his part yet, and sadly will likely be replaced.
His niece Nancy Lee Hess released the following statement to The Hollywood Reporter on behalf of her family:
My uncle was not just a movie icon; he was a generous, passionate and sensitive man who was dedicated to his family, friends, fans and acting students.
He has had health issues, however, this was totally unexpected. He was tough. Anyone who breaks their tailbone on a river and finishes the movie is tough. And that’s who he was. My uncle was looking forward to working with Quentin Tarantino [In Once Upon a Time in Hollywood] and the amazing cast that was assembled.
There has been an outpouring of condolences and support :
Burt Reynolds & Clint Eastwood were fired from GUNSMOKE & RAWHIDE at the same time. Burt was told he couldn't act and Clint his neck was too skinny. In the parking lot, Burt said to Clint, "I dunno what you're gonna do, but I'm gonna take acting lessons." #RIPBurtReynolds
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) September 6, 2018
Burt Reynolds was one of my heroes. He was a trailblazer. He showed the way to transition from being an athlete to being the highest paid actor, and he always inspired me. He also had a great sense of humor – check out his Tonight Show clips. My thoughts are with his family.
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) September 6, 2018
“Stroker Ace was born to race”
Much respect to you Burt Reynolds. RIP pic.twitter.com/w8FlIShmIR
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) September 6, 2018
Burt (Reynolds) was a true gentleman and was a member of Hollywood’s old school of screen charisma, charm and class. His comedic wit made you laugh till you cried and if you were lucky enough to spend any time with him, you were truly one of the fortunate ones.
— ERIK ESTRADA (@ErikEstrada) September 7, 2018
Sally Field said a touching tribute to her late ex-boyfriend Burt Reynolds. The pair dated for nearly 5 years after meeting on the set of the 1977 film “Smokey and the Bandit.” https://t.co/SgvcUYTjB4 pic.twitter.com/Y6LuT2mkMl
— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 7, 2018
Reynolds is survived by his son Quinton.