Burt Reynolds passed away from a heart attack Sept. 6 in a Florida hospital, and his famous friends are paying tribute to the late actor. Click through RadarOnline.com’s gallery to read their heartfelt words and thoughts on his sudden passing.
“Burt Reynolds was one of my heroes,” said Arnold Schwarzenegger. “He was a trailblazer. He showed the way to transition from being an athlete to being the highest paid actor, and he always inspired me. He also had a great sense of humor — check out his Tonight Show clips. My thoughts are with his family.”
Elijah Wood tweeted: “Sad to hear of the passing of legend, Burt Reynolds.”
Very sad to hearing about the passing of Burt Reynolds,” said comedian Steve Harvey. “He was a great actor, a philanthropist and a pioneer of the cool mustache. Thank you, Burt. You will be missed.”
Singer Richard Marx recalled a special interaction he had with Reynolds years ago: “I met Burt Reynolds once in a video store in the 90s before he did Boogie Nights. He was by himself and no one seemed to notice him. I said, ‘I just want to thank you for many hours of entertainment.’ He smiled so big and shook my hand and said, ‘You made my day.’ Thank you.”
“Rest in peace to a legend and friend,” Mark Wahlberg wrote on Twitter.
Comedian Ricky Gervais had kind words for the screen legend: “RIP Burt Reynolds. Seems his whole career was tongue in cheek. Always warm and funny.”
“As a kid I must have seen Smokey and the Bandit 10 times in the theatre,” recalled Karate Kid star Ralph Macchio.“Met Burt Reynolds a few years back... so glad I did. Deliverance, Boogie Nights... some great ones. RIP.”
Sylvester Stallone shared a personal story about Reynolds. “A sad day, my friend BURT REYNOLDS Has passed away,” he wrote on Instagram. “I remember him back in 1979, he always reminded me that I should’ve cast him as Colonel Trautman in FIRST BLOOD. I said that’s impossible, because you’re too expensive and too famous, and probably tougher than Rambo ! He laughed , He had a great sense of humor and I enjoyed his company so much... RIP
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