Hollywood star Burt Reynolds dies at 82

In a statement to the Press Association, a spokesman for Reynolds said the star died in Jupiter, Florida, on Thursday morning after suffering a heart attack.

His last high-profile gig was the big bad Boss Hogg in the 2005 remake of The Dukes of Hazzard, though Reynolds kept working through the end of his life, most recently signing on to an upcoming Quentin Tarantino movie called Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

In 1977, Reynolds made "Smokey and the Bandit", which took in over $100 million at the box office and spawned two sequels.

For his role in 1997's Boogie Nights he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

In his 2015 memoir But Enough About Me, Reynolds admitted that he missed many opportunities over years. "It proved I could act, not only to the public but me".

"It was the only time I saw men get up, sick, and walk out of a theater", he added.

Burt Reynolds has played an important part in Palm Beach County's modern history and the impact he has had on their community is a vital part of that history. But Reynolds never had any regrets for how his life turned out.

He launched his acting career in Western TV shows like "Gunsmoke" and "Dan August", but his breakout film role was in thriller "Deliverance" in 1972.

The late Burt Reynolds played over 100 characters during his six-decade career, but he'll always be synonymous with one: The Bandit.

Reynolds reportedly turned down the roles of Han Solo in Star Wars and John McClane in Die Hard, later saying he was more interesting in enjoying himself than pushing himself as an actor.

Once among Hollywood's highest-paid actors, Reynolds later fell into financial trouble amid private ventures in an Atlanta restaurant and a professional sports team, though he continued to make cameo appearances and teach acting classes. "My thoughts are with his family".

FSU Football shared a photo of Reynolds in his football uniform with the caption "RIP Burt".

  • Kyle Peterson