Stars React To Actor Burt Reynolds’ Death

Carla Harmon
September 9, 2018

Sally paid tribute to Burt, saying in a statement: "My years with Burt never leave my mind".

He solidified his position as a rising film star with 1974 prison football drama The Longest Yard.

After shooting to fame in 1972's Deliverance, Burt became a megastar throughout the 70s and 80s and was nominated for an Oscar for his role in the 1998 film Boogie Nights.

His big film break came when he was cast in 1972's Deliverance, about a group of friends on a rafting trip in Georgia, who are tormented by some psychotic locals.

"Very sad to hear about the passing of Burt Reynolds", wrote boxer Oscar De La Hoya. That role saw Reynolds awarded his second Golden Globe, his first for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture. "And it was done with a insane leading man".

Reynolds, known for his manly swagger, and was something of a 1970s sex symbol after rising to prominence on TV shows Gunsmoke and Dan August. He spoke fondly of the actor during a recent interview we conducted for the release of Director's Cut from Dread Central Presents.

Reynolds' notoriety soared through the late 1970s and 1980s, during which time he spearheaded the "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Cannonball Run" movie franchises.

Burt Reynolds, who died Thursday at age 82, was just weeks away from a shooting start on the Quentin Tarantino-directed Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, THR reports. Reynolds' last film was the aptly titled The Last Movie Star, which was directed by Adam Rifkin is now available on demand. Lucky for Harrison Ford, Reynolds turned down the role of Han Solo in Star Wars. He played running back for Florida State in 1954 before knee injuries in 1955 and 1957 ended his career.

Reynolds went on to say Duncan was the most influential person in his life.

Reynolds turned to television and had a successful run on the situation comedy Evening Shade, co-starring Marilu Henner and Charles Durning. Though he was highly favored to win, Reynolds undercut himself by firing his agent for casting him in the part and shunning publicity for the popular role. He leaves behind a son, Quinton, whom he'd adopted with his ex-wife, WKRP in Cincinnati actress Loni Anderson.

Reynolds also played a starring role in the 1977 football movie "Semi-Tough", which co-starred Kris Kristofferson. Reynolds, who died suddenly of a suspected heart attack earlier today, was to play rancher George Spahn in the movie, set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969 before the Manson murders were committed.

Reynolds Wednesday Anderson in 1988.

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