Hollywood action and comedy star Burt Reynolds has died, passing away last night, aged 82.
A coroner’s report stated Reynolds died of cardiac arrest. His niece, Nancy Hess, said that although her uncle “has had health issues, this was totally unexpected”.
Indeed, Reynolds was due to begin filming Quentin Tarantino’s latest project Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, about the Manson Family murders, circa late 1960s.
Burt Reynolds starred in a host of action and comedy films that included Smokey and the Bandit, Cannonball Run, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and Boogie Nights. He also appeared in controversial movie Deliverance, about a bunch of rednecks who cross familial boundaries.
But it’s roles he didn’t take on that Reynolds is just as famous for.
But it’s roles he didn’t take on that Reynolds is just as famous for. He rejected the role of James Bond, Michael Corleone in The Godfather, Han Solo in Star Wars, Jack Nicholson’s roles in Terms of Endearment and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Bruce Willis’ role in Die Hard, and even Richard Gere’s role in Pretty Woman.
Known for his charisma and charm, Reynolds often let it rip when it came to giving good quote. He once said “marriage is about the most expensive way for the average man to get [his] laundry done”, and on his own career, he once quipped, “My movies [are] the kind they show in prisons and aeroplanes, because nobody can leave.”
Tributes continue to flow in through social media, from fans and industry colleagues.
Rest in peace, a true Hollywood legend. Antonino Tati