Burt Reynolds dies at 82

Burt Reynolds dies at the age of 82

Burt Reynolds dies at the age of 82

He also fronted such commercial favourites as "Smokey and 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.

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In a statement to the Press Association, a spokesman for Reynolds said the star died in hospital in Jupiter, Florida, on Thursday morning after suffering a heart attack. The actor starred in dozens of films over the years, including Deliverance, Boogie Nights, and The Cannonball Run, and had a prolific career, particularly at the box office.

The moustachioed actor had undergone heart bypass surgery in 2010. He was cast in the upcoming Quentin Tarantino directed "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood", scheduled for release next year.

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During the 1970s and 80s, Mr Reynolds was one of Hollywood's most popular leading men. Reynolds was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for his performance - he won the Globe but lost the Oscar race to Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting - and the experience proved to many critics that he could take on serious roles, as well. Reynolds often did his own stunts on film and television.

Reynolds has also become well known for the roles that he turned down over the years.

The star had undergone a quintuple heart bypass in February 2010 but been working until recently; he was now filming Quentin Tarantino's film about the Charles Manson murders, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood.

The actor played porn director Jack Horner in the Paul Thomas Anderson film, though he later famously claimed to "hate" Anderson, and said he never watched "Boogie Nights" all the way through. He also "backed away" from playing Batman on TV in the '60s.

During the peak of his success, he had money, mansions, and wives - including the famous Loni Anderson, whom he divorced in 1993.

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