According to The Hollywood Reporter, Smokey and the Bandit and Boogie Nights star, Burt Reynolds, has passed away at the age 82.
Little is known thus far, as his cause of death is yet to be determined, but Reynolds’ former manager has confirmed the news and a statement from Reynolds’ family is likely not too far behind.
Reynolds began his career in television, starring in both Gunsmoke and Dan August, but it wasn’t until the success of the Deliverance, cast alongside Jon Voight, Ned Beatty, and Ronny Cox, that Reynolds’ cinematic career really took off.https://www.criticsatlarge.ca/2010/04/body-revisiting-deliverance.html Source: Credits At Large
Reynolds went on to star in The Longest Yard, Shamus, Hooper, Smokey and the Bandit, White Lightning, and The Cannonball Run. After years of success throughout the late ’70s and early ’80s, Reynolds’ career began to slow down, but in 1997, Reynolds was cast in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights, to which he received his first Oscar nomination.
Rest in peace, Burt! You’ll be missed!