The actor was nominated for an Academy Award for his part in 'Boogie Nights'
Legendary actor Burt Reynolds has died. He was 82 years old.
The actor starred in films such as Deliverance, Smokey and the Bandit, and Boogie Nights. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his role of porn director Jack Horner in the latter.
According to his agent Todd Eisner, the star died after suffering a cardiac arrest on Thursday (September 6). In 2010, Reynolds underwent major heart surgery, undergoing a triple bypass.
The actor reportedly turned down huge roles in his career, including James Bond, Han Solo, and The Godfather‘s Michael Corleone. Speaking to CNN later in his career, he said: “I took the part that was the most fun… I didn’t take the part that would be the most challenging.”
Tributes have already started to come in on social media for the star, with stars from across the entertainment world paying their respects. “Underrated as a dramatic actor (Deliverance), underrated as a director (Sharkey’s Machine), but also a rare movie star that seemed to be just having an absolute ball onscreen,” wrote Baby Driver director Edgar Wright. “Nobody broke frame with a bigger gleam in his eye.”
Actor Elijah Woods added he was “sad to hear of the passing of legend, Burt Reynolds”, while Wesley Snipes called meeting the actor “one of the greater joys of my adult life & artistic career.”
Read those and more tributes below.
This is a developing story and will be updated.