RENOWNED Hollywood actor, director and producer Burt Reynolds has died at age 82, it has been confirmed.
Reynolds’ manager, Erik Kritzer, announced the movie star’s death, confirming he passed away this morning at Jupiter Medical in Florida from a suspected heart attack.
The actor, whose swagger, good looks and charm made him one of Hollywood’s most popular actors, has almost 200 film and TV credits under his belt and was the highest paid movie star in his day.
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Reynolds’ starred in many top films, including 1974’s The Longest Yard, 1977’s Smokey and the Bandit, Striptease in 1996 and Boogie Nights in ’97, and spent almost five years as the No.1 box officer hit in America in the 1970’s.
His career spanned six decades, during which time he won an Emmy and a Golden Globe award, and was nominated for an Oscar.
His family has released the following statement, confirming his shock passing.
“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,” his niece, Nancy Lee Hess said in a statement.
“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.”