Los Angeles - Burt Reynolds, the handsome film and television star known for his acclaimed performances in Deliverance and Boogie Nights, commercial hits such as Smokey and the Bandit and for an active off-screen love life which included relationships with Loni Anderson and Sally Field, has died at age 82.
His death was confirmed on Thursday by his agent Todd Eisner. In a statement, his niece, Nancy Lee Hess, called his death "totally unexpected," although she acknowledged he had health issues.
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Following the news of his death fellow Hollywood stars, including ex-lovers, paid tribute to the iconic actor.
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"There are times in your life that are so indelible, they never fade away. They stay alive, even forty years later. My years with Burt never leave my mind. He will be in my history and my heart, for as long as I live. Rest, Buddy." — Sally Field, in a statement released to The Associated Press.
"Quinton and I are extremely touched by the tremendous outpouring of love and support from friends and family throughout the world. Burt was a wonderful director and actor. He was a big part of my life for twelve years and Quinton's loving father for 30 years. We will miss him and his great laugh." — Loni Anderson and Quinton Anderson Reynolds, Burt Reynolds' ex-wife and son, in a statement to the AP.
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
Worked with Burt Reynolds on a TV show once. He introduced himself by saying, "Hi, I'm Burt Reynolds. I used to be big in the 70's." How do you not love that?— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) September 6, 2018
Burt, what an impact you made.Working beside you and seeing first hand what a movie star was like when cameras were and were not rolling was truly instructive. Thanks for the kindness you always extended. RIP, Giant. #BePeace— Carl Weathers (@TheCarlWeathers) September 6, 2018
Im 19. I get a few lines in a movie. The megastar on set was really nice and cool to this punk actor(me) for no reason. The director called me before the movie came out to tell me I had hit the cutting room floor. But I never forgot that Star. Thanks Burt. RIP— Kevin Bacon (@kevinbacon) September 6, 2018
Burt Reynolds the movie star was larger-than-life. Burt the man was down-to-earth, funny as hell, and more talented than he ever gave himself credit for. A true icon has passed.— Larry King (@kingsthings) September 6, 2018
Rest in peace Burt Reynolds. You were an icon and one of my heroes. -DT pic.twitter.com/0fKZhaKpuH— Danny Trejo (@officialDannyT) September 6, 2018
Coach Corso and Burt Reynolds were college roommates and teammates at Florida State. They became life-long friends.— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) September 6, 2018
Corso on the passing of "Buddy": pic.twitter.com/4dOoENMkkj
Burt Reynolds, you are the glorious dictionary definition of a golden man. Thank you for spreading your glow ??— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) September 6, 2018
“Stroker Ace was born to race”— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) September 6, 2018
Much respect to you Burt Reynolds. RIP pic.twitter.com/w8FlIShmIR
Very sad to hearing about the passing of Burt Reynolds. He was a great actor, a philanthropist and a pioneer of the cool mustache. Thank you, Burt. You will be missed. pic.twitter.com/nuuFWMSnJg— Steve Harvey (@IAmSteveHarvey) September 6, 2018