Burt Reynolds, whose blend of Southern-fried machismo and wiseguy playfulness launched his worldwide celebrity in the 1970s, first as a freewheeling chat-show guest, then as a nude centerfold in Cosmopolitan magazine and finally as a Hollywood action star, died Sept. 6. He was 82.
His death was confirmed in a family statement provided by his manager, Erik Kritzer. Additional details were not immediately available.
Tire-screeching fare such as “Smokey and the Bandit” (1977) and “The Cannonball Run” (1981) largely bookended Mr. Reynolds’s reign as a top box-office draw and cemented his on-screen persona as a carefree man’s man with an arm around a lady and his foot on the gas pedal.
Off-screen, the mustachioed actor developed a reputation as a hard-drinking playboy whose charm alternated with a volcanic, hair-trigger temper. He made atrocious career decisions, propelled in part by a drug addiction and dramatic financial reversals. A low point was his excruciatingly public breakup and divorce from actress Loni Anderson in the early 1990s. ...
This came across our news and was a surprise but should not have been. The information we got was he was 82 years of age and died of heartfailure. I do remember two of his movies that were listed and enjoyed them both.
We all have to go some time, but with movies stars it seems many of us simply do not believe they will ever grow old.