American actor, director and producer Burt Reynolds, who was best known for his performance in 1972’s Deliverance, 1977’s Smokey and other movies, passed away at the age of 82 on Thursday after suffering a cardiac arrest. He took his last breath at Jupiter Medical in Florida in the presence of his family members, Reynolds’ manager Erik Kritzer mentioned this in a statement. Known for his performance in 1972’s Deliverance, Boogie Nights and other blockbusters, the 82-year-old actor had a six-decade long career in the entertainment industry. Burt Reynolds received the Oscar nomination for playing a porn director Jack Horner in the movie Boogie Nights in the 1997.
It has been said that Burt Reynold’s easy-going charms and handsome looks helped in getting roles in films like Smokey and the Bandit and Boogie Nights.
Inspired from the works of others in the industry, Burt Reynolds did try his talent in direction and later founded Burt Reynolds Institute for Film & Theatre in Florida. He was also known as the sex symbol in front of the camera.
According to industry insiders, Burt Reynolds used to be known as one of the most bankable actors in the entertainment industry after giving a series of hit films. However, his popularity witnessed a certain drop during 1980s. Though, he later grabbed an Emmy for his performance in 1990-1994 TV series Evening Shade.
Talking about his personal life, Burt Reynolds always remained in entertainment gossip over his relationships with actresses Sally Field, Dinah Shore, others and his failed marriages with Loni Anderson and Judy Carne. He also remained in news due to health related issues like prescription pain.
Some of Burt Reynolds’ top performing films include White Lightning (1973), W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings (1975), Hustle (1975), Nickelodeon (1976), Semi-Tough (1977) among others. At one point of time, Burt Reynolds was among the most high-paid actors in the film industry.