Burt Reynolds passed away at the age of 82 on Thursday, September 6, a family member exclusively confirmed to RadarOnline.com. The iconic actor passed away after suffering from cardiac arrest. As Radar previously reported, the actor had spent his last years battling an illness leaving him frail and barely 100 lbs. The actor rose to fame after his breakout role as Lewis Medlock in Deliverance. Born in Michigan, the actor made his way around the country as he lived in West Palm Beach, Florida, and of course, to Hollywood. Click through the gallery to see the legendary actor’s life in photos.
Reynolds was born on February 11, 1936 in Lansing, Michigan.
His family moved to Missouri before settling in Palm Beach, Florida while he was in high school. Growing up, the actor was a member of the football team, shown here. He reportedly received scholarship offers for his skills on the field.
For four years, Reynolds was linked to Hollywood legend, Dinah Shore. The pair were attached at the hip in the early 1970s, despite the 20-year age gap between them.
Of course, the actor was never shy about his undying love for ex, Sally Field. Months before his death, Reynolds told NBC’s Today host, Hoda Kotb, that Field was still the love of his life. He also confessed that she was just 7 when he first fell in love with her.
In 1998, the actor officially tied the knot to Loni Anderson. They split after six years together and the bitter divorce haunted Reynolds for years. It wasn’t until 22 years after their split that Reynolds settled his divorce debt.
Reynolds rose to fame after his breakout role as Lewis Medlock in Deliverance in 1972.
Two years later, the legendary actor returned to his football roots as he was cast as a former NFL player in The Longest Yard.
The movie star will also be remembered for his signature look of a cowboy hat and a red shirt he donned in his role as truck driver “Bandit” in Smokey and the Bandit.
His success continued in the 80s, when he starred in The Cannonball Run. In 2015, Reynolds revealed his best-kept secrets and scandals in his brutally honest memoir, But Enough About Me.
In 1997, the icon landed a role opposite Mark Wahlberg in Boogie Nights. His comedic role as a porn site director landed Reynolds a Golden Globe as a supporting actor in a motion picture. Reynolds died at the age of 82, and was reportedly surrounded by family.
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