'Smokey and the Bandit' star Burt Reynolds dead at age of 82

21st September 1972 Film star Burt Reynolds in relaxed mood

Burt Reynolds, the macho movie star who had a string of blockbuster hits in the '70s and '80s, followed by an Oscar-nominated comeback in 1997's Boogie Nights, died Thursday in Florida, according to his manager.

Reflecting on his ascent in 1981, Reynolds told the New York Times, "You know, there are three ways to make it in Hollywood".

21st September 1972: Film star Burt Reynolds in relaxed mood.

Reynolds called it "by far" his best film. He was also cast in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which is now filming.

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Burt was a star in the moves and on TV - appearing in classics like "Smokey and the Bandit", "Boogie Knights" and "Cannonball Run".

From James Bond to Hans Solo in George Lucas' 1977 blockbuster "Star Wars", Reynolds also reportedly was among Paramount Pictures' top choices to play Michael Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 epic "The Godfather". "I don't take myself seriously, and I think the ones that do, there's some sickness with people like that".

Reynolds was married to Judy Carne from 1963 until 1965, and to Loni Anderson from 1988 to 1993. While the film about the golden age of porn earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor, it never stopped him from trashing the film, which he said he could never finish watching, or the director, who he said he didn't like.

Years later, with a mustache gone gray, he suffered from health issues that included open heart surgery.

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