Burt Reynolds, Hollywood Legend, Dead At 82

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The veteran actor died at a hospital in Florida, his manager Erik Kritzer told film industry magazine The Hollywood Reporter.

"He is having difficulty breathing and chest pains", the caller says.

Hollywood legend Burt Reynolds has died at age 82.

They also state how at the time, Reynolds was "breathing, but he's not answering questions".

The caller responds: 'He had a bypass a few years ago'.

Sally Field, his "Smokey and the Bandit" co-star who Reynolds has called the "love of my life," released a statement Thursday.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that about 790,000 Americans have a heart attack every year, meaning that on average, one heart attack occurs every 40 seconds. British audiences fondly came to notice Burt Reynolds in Specsavers ads on TV, and he managed his later years with good humour and self-deprecation.

Burt Reynolds is survived by his son Quintin.

Reynolds also played a starring role in the 1977 football movie "Semi-Tough", which co-starred Kris Kristofferson.

Reynolds' notoriety soared through the late 1970s and 1980s, during which time he spearheaded the "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Cannonball Run" movie franchises. In addition to acting (and one or two songs on soundtracks), he also directed several movies, with the aforementioned Gator and Sharkey's Machine among his credits.

In an interview with Andy Cohen on SiriusXM in November 2017, Wahlberg said that he thinks his co-star should have won the Academy Award for his role in the film.

While some of his performances were critically praised, others were ridiculed, particularly in the bloated action comedy Cannonball Run II, a sequel to his financial success The Cannonball Run (1981).

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Reynolds notably walked away from playing the space scoundrel Han Solo in the first Star Wars, turned down the role of James Bond and declined the leading role played by Richard Gere in Pretty Woman.

"The other 57 days were really fun and a lot of laughs, but there were three tense days there in the middle where Mark was fighting with Burt, or in the film".

Considered a major heartthrob in his day, Reynolds' love life was often a topic of interest among his fans and the media.

Burton Leon Reynolds Jr. was born on February 11, 1936, and grew up in Florida. Reynolds had lived in Florida for many years and had suffered ill health in recent years.

He began acting after enrolling in a junior college.

Turning his attention to acting, he made the move to NY, struggling to find work for several years until landing a role on stage alongside Charlton Heston in Mr. Roberts in 1956. Reynolds often was cast in Westerns, including the popular "Gunsmoke" TV series in the 1960s. "I said, 'I just want to thank you for many hours of entertainment, '" Marx tweeted.

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