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The ex-jock from Florida starred in 'Deliverance' and 'Boogie Nights' but preferred making such populist, fun fare as 'Smokey and the Bandit,' 'The Cannonball Run' and 'Starting Over.'

Burt Reynolds, the charismatic star of such films as Deliverance, The Longest Yard and Smokey and the Bandit who set out to have as much fun as possible on and off the screen — and wildly succeeded — has died. He was 82.

Reynolds, who received an Oscar nomination when he portrayed porn director Jack Horner in Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights (1997) and was the No. 1 box-office attraction for a five-year stretch starting in the late 1970s, died Thursday morning at Jupiter Medical Center in Florida, his manager, Erik Kritzer, told The Hollywood Reporter

Always with a wink, Reynolds shined in many action films (often doing his own stunts) and in such romantic comedies as Starting Over (1979) opposite Jill Clayburgh and Candice Bergen; The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982) with Dolly Parton; Best Friends (1982) with Goldie Hawn; and, quite aptly, The Man Who Loved Women (1983) with Julie Andrews.

Though beloved by audiences for his brand of frivolous, good-ol'-boy fare, the playful Reynolds rarely was embraced by the critics. The first time he saw himself in Boogie Nights, he was so unhappy he fired his agent. (He went on to win a Golden Globe but lost out in the Oscar supporting actor race to Robin Williams for Good Will Hunting, a bitter disappointment for him.)

"I didn't open myself to new writers or risky parts because I wasn't interested in challenging myself as an actor. I was interested in having a good time," Reynolds recalled in his 2015 memoir, But Enough About Me. "As a result, I missed a lot of opportunities to show I could play serious roles. By the time I finally woke up and tried to get it right, nobody would give me a chance."

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RIP    BANDIT 

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how about stroker ace, Lonnie Anderson was so hot!

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Watch ole bandit run. RIP

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 He played kind of a super Duper nice guy and hero for a year and a half to almost two on Gunsmoke. Quint  Asper was his name in Gunsmoke. It was  around the early 60s.

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Bummer, RIP!

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R I P Smokey!!!

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:(RIP Burt Reynolds.

My parents took me to see Smokey and the Bandit....

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20 minutes ago, TD said:

:(RIP Burt Reynolds.

My parents took me to see Smokey and the Bandit....

Hooper was the first movie I went on a "date" to. 

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Rest in Peace Sir.

:ez:

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Funniest thing ever....well to me anyway, I laughed so hard my sides hurt.

We went to a Lake Elsinore Storm baseball game, opposing team had a player named Burt Reynolds.

Every time he came to bat they posted a huge iconic picture of "Burt Reynolds" on the jumbo screen instead of this guys player pic.

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Man lead one hell a life R.I.P. and thanks for being am icon.

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maybe even cooler than steve?

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Only guy who could make a Trans Am cool RIP

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Who didn't love him in striptease?  Rip

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32 minutes ago, quaddaddy said:

Only guy who could make a Trans Am cool RIP

 What about Michael Knight of Nightrider?

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2 hours ago, jeeperdino said:

maybe even cooler than steve?

 

Would Steve McQueen ever pose nude for Cosmopolitan Magazine ? ? ?

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Can you imagine what Hollyweird would do to him today......he would be destroyed for  his male privilege .......So sad...our kids are getting screwed out of some good times.....RIP sir.

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2 hours ago, jeeperdino said:

maybe even cooler than steve?

No, but just as great and in his own category.  He was one of the greats Burt Reynolds, Steve McQueen,  Clint Eastwood, Paul Newman,  James Garner are all cool guys and I doubt there will ever be a group of guys like them again in pedowood. 

 

R.I.P. Bandit 

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The good ‘ol 70’s

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1 hour ago, SANDPSYCHO said:

No, but just as great and in his own category.  He was one of the greats Burt Reynolds, Steve McQueen,  Clint Eastwood, Paul Newman,  James Garner are all cool guys and I doubt there will ever be a group of guys like them again in pedowood. 

 

R.I.P. Bandit 

never heard it called that before, about fell out of my chair

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6 hours ago, onanysunday said:

classic, I forgot about that one, thanks

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