Burt Reynolds Has Died From A Heart Attack, Aged 82
Hollywood actor Burt Reynolds has died at the age of 82 after suffering a heart attack.
The actor starred in the films Deliverance, The Longest Yard and Smokey and the Bandit, and received an Oscar nomination for his role in Boogie Nights.
His manager, Erik Kritzer, told the Hollywood Reporter that Reynolds had passed away on Thursday morning at Jupiter Medical Centre in Florida.
He went into cardiac arrest and died surrounded by his family.
Reynolds was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor following his role as porn director Jack Horner in Boogie Nights, which was released in 1997.
In his 2015 memoir But Enough About Me, he said: "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.
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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"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."
One of the 'opportunities' he could have been referring to is Die Hard - he was allegedly turned down from playing the part of John McClane.
But one thing he gave himself credit for was Deliverance, writing: "I don't know if it's the best acting I've done, but it's the best movie I've ever been in. It proved I could act, not only to the public but me."
The star famously posed naked for Cosmopolitan magazine on a bearskin rug, something which he later revealed that he regretted.
During an interview with AOL's What To Watch, he said: "It was really stupid. I don't know what I was thinking. I really wish I hadn't done that."
Reynolds was due to star in the new Quentin Tarantino movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood which is set to be released in 2019. He was set to appear alongside Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio.
RIP Burt Reynolds.
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