Burt Reynolds Passes Away At Age 82

1977 Actors Burt Reynolds and Sally Field in the film 'Smokey and the Bandit'

Burt Reynolds, 1970s/'80s Film Icon and Emmy Winner, Dead at 82

My years with Burt never leave my mind.

But Deliverance - however sensational it was - was a slightly atypical role for Reynolds.

Reynolds often seemed most comfortable in settings that played off his good-ol'-boy image.

The career of Burt Reynolds, centre, took off again after his Oscar-nominated performance in Boogie Nights in 1997. "And it was done with a insane leading man".

With his devil-may-care attitude, a permanent twinkle in his eyes and his trademark mustache, good-ol"-boy Reynolds was the bankable box-office star of the 1970s and early "80s - accumulating a string of box-office hits and unforgettable appearances on "The Tonight Show" couch with his "dear friend", host Johnny Carson".

He also had relationships with Dinah Shore and actress Sally Field.

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Actor Burt Reynolds accepts the Alpha Male award at the seventh annual Spike TV's "Guys Choice" awards in Culver City, California June 8, 2013. The actor was one of the biggest movie stars of the 1970s, with films such as The Cannonball Run and Smokey and the Bandit making him a household name.

"I don't know how long I'm going to be around but I want to be proud of what've done as I walk into the sunset", Reynolds' long-time manager Erik Kritzer remembers the star telling him about eight years ago. Reynolds' last film was the aptly titled The Last Movie Star, which was directed by Adam Rifkin is now available on demand.

Another of his better roles was that of a former pro quarterback who lands in prison and assembles a team of convicts to play the warden's squad of brutal prison guards in 1974's rollicking "The Longest Yard", directed by Robert Aldrich. The star went on to appear in almost 200 films throughout his lifetime. He attended Florida State University for two years on a football scholarship, but his sports career was derailed by a knee injury sustained in a vehicle accident.

Burton Leon Reynolds Jnr was born on February 11, 1936, and grew up in Florida. When asked by Hoda Kotb on Today in March who he would consider the love of his life, he confessed it was Field. Though he was highly favored to win, Reynolds undercut himself by firing his agent for casting him in the part and shunning publicity for the popular role. And while Reynolds is best known for his freewheeling, hellbent badass onscreen presence, he might never have leaped into Bandit's Camaro had he been just a little bit better football player. He was set to begin work on the writer-director Quentin Tarantino's next film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

Reynolds Wednesday Anderson in 1988.

He has one adult son, Quinton Anderson Reynolds, from his second marriage.

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