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 :

Reynolds is survived by his son Quinton. 

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A reporter by trade, Sara is a lover of horror, sci-fi, and all things pop culture. From indies to classics to even the strangest schlock, all movies and TV shows are fair game. She believes Batman is the most fascinating superhero, and that Silent Hill is one of the best horror franchises ever made (as long as you don't count the movies). Fun Fact: The only movie Sara will not rewatch is The Room -- once was more than enough.