Hollywood legend Burt Reynolds dies, aged 82

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LOS ANGELES: Burt Reynolds at the "The Last Movie Star" Premiere at the Egyptian Theater on February 22, 2018. Photo credit: Shutterstock

BURT REYNOLDS, the star of such films as Deliverance, The Longest Yard and Smokey and the Bandit has died, aged 82.

The American actor, director and producer was born Burton Leon Reynolds on February 11, 1936.

He first rose to prominence starring in television series such as Gunsmoke (1962–1965) and Dan August (1970–1971).

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His breakout film role was as Lewis Medlock in Deliverance (1972).

Reynolds, who received an Oscar nomination when he portrayed porn director Jack Horner in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights (1997) passed away at the Jupiter Medical Center in Florida, his manager, Erik Kritzer, told The Hollywood Reporter today (Thursday).

He had been suffering from heart problems for a number of years.

Celebrities lined up to the movie star including Arnold Schwarzenegger who said, “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.”

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