Hollywood legend Burt Reynolds dies from heart attack aged 82

Tonya Becker
September 6, 2018

And Arnold Schwarzenegger led the tributes to the Boogie Nights star, following the news.

A source tells Us the actor went into cardiac arrest at a hospital in Florida on Thursday, September 6. He was cast in the upcoming Quentin Tarantino directed "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood", scheduled for release next year.

Reynolds retreated to his adopted home of Florida and opened the Jupiter Theater, a popular spot with local audiences where he directed several productions and appeared in a couple as well.

"My career is not like a regular chart, mine looks like a heart attack", he told The Associated Press in 2001.

For a five-year period starting in the late 1970s, Burt Reynolds was the number one draw at the box office.

Burt Reynolds began his career on the small screen with roles on TV shows like Riverboat, The Blue Angels, Route 66, Perry Mason, The Twilight Zone, Gunsmoke, Flipper, Hawk and many more.

But Burt didn't let his financial issues hold back his career, going on to star in 47 films after declaring bankruptcy.

Reynolds continued to act regularly over the next four decades, notably starring in the "Cannonball Run" franchise in the '80s and the sitcom "Evening Shade" in the early '90s.

Reynolds scored another major role as the lead in the Smokey and the Bandit series, which seemed to perfectly fit his image as a smooth and sharply sarcastic country boy with a disregard for authority.

Reynolds is survived by his son, Quenton, whom he adopted with ex-wife Loni Anderson, when he was three days old.

Reynolds re-emerged previous year for a personal movie "The Last Movie Star" which looked into the life of a faded movie star filled with regret and longing, an exaggerated version of the actor content to living a mostly quiet life in Jupiter, Florida.

Following his tragic death, how much was the Boogie Nights star worth?

The one that got away: The icon said that Sally Field was the love that got away. After marrying television actress Loni Anderson, Reynolds chose to produce and star in the sitcom Evening Shade, which ran on CBS from 1990-94.

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