In 2013, Reynolds cheated death after he was put in the ICU while battling the flu.
Horsing around during the filming of "Deliverance" in 1971
During his illustrious career, Reynolds starred on TV's "Gunsmoke" (1962-1965) and "Evening Shade" (1990-1994), and was one of the biggest box-office draws of all time, appearing in such hits as "Deliverance" (1972), "The Longest Yard" (1974), the "Smokey and the Bandit" films (1977-19803), the "Cannonball Run" films (1981-1984), "Sharky's Machine" (1981), "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" (1982), and "Boogie Nights" (1997).
Reynolds was not nominated for an Oscar for "Deliverance" (pictured), but did nab a nomination for "Boogie Nights."
One of America's most prominent sex symbols, he was known for posing nude in Cosmopolitan magazine in 1972. He was a staple of the tabloids for his second marriage, to actress Loni Anderson (from 1988-1993), and for his many high-profile relationships, including with TV host Dinah Shore and co-star Sally Field.
With Sally Field in 1977
After hearing about his death, many celebrities took to social media to mourn his loss. Arnold Schwarzenegger tweeted, "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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Burt Reynolds & Clint Eastwood were fired from GUNSMOKE & RAWHIDE at the same time. Burt was told he couldn't act and Clint his neck was too skinny. In the parking lot, Burt said to Clint, "I dunno what you're gonna do, but I'm gonna take acting lessons." #RIPBurtReynolds
R.I.P. Burt Reynolds, 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. Nobody broke frame with a bigger gleam in his eye. "Just watch ol' Bandit run." pic.twitter.com/L4NlRyqahb
RIP to another legend. Grew up with my parents, my brothers and a worn out VHS copy of Cannon Ball Run, watched Deliverance on my first date with my wife (don't ask) & revisit Boogie Nights every few months to marvel at his performance. A very great loss. https://t.co/rmwoCHJcNM
I met Burt Reynolds once in a video store in the 90s before he did “Boogie Nights.” He was by himself and no one seemed to notice him. I said, “I just want to thank you for many hours of entertainment.” He smiled so big and shook my hand and said, “You made my day. Thank you.”