Hollywood Icon Burt Reynolds Dies at 82

September 6, 2018
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Burt Reynolds, star of some of the most classic Hollywood films like Smokey and the Bandit, Deliverance and The Longest Yard, has passed away at the age of 82.

Reynolds was such a big star in the late '70s and early '80s, that any film he starred in had a strong opening, simply based off of his personality alone.

He shined as a charismatic character both on and off screen that was beloved by millions everywhere. From 1978 through 1982, Reynolds was the highest-grossing actor in Hollywood, despite that he was also known for turning down some of the biggest roles in film history, like Han Solo in Star Wars, John McClane in Die Hard, and Garrett Breedlove in Terms of Endearment.

In one of his most iconic roles as survivalist Lewis Medlock in Deliverance, Reynolds considered the film as one of his proudest moments as an actor, proving to himself and the public that he could handle serious roles like that.

In Smokey and the Bandit, where he starred alongside Sally Field as Bo "Bandit" Deville, grossed $126 million (which would be $508 million today). The only film to take in more that year was Star Wars. Tasked with transporting 400 cases of Coors from Texas to Atlanta, Smokey and the Bandit was even noted to be Alfred Hitchcock's favorite film.

Reynolds would later star in two Smokey sequels, the Cannonball Run franchise, and Sharky's Machine.

No matter the ups and downs that life threw at him, Burt Reynolds without a doubt lived the life the best way possible, without any regrets.