We will miss him and his great laugh.”
Sally Field, his “Smokey and the Bandit” co-star who Reynolds has called the “love of my life,” released a statement Thursday.
“There are times in your life that are so indelible, they never fade away,” she said in the statement. He was simultaneously making movies, starting with “Armored Command” and “Angel Baby” in 1961. But his ’60s output, which included “Navajo Joe,” “100 Rifles” and “Sam Whiskey,” did little to further his feature film aspirations.
Reynolds’ assured performance in the controversial and violent “Deliverance” started him on a decade or more of enormous success.
But after riding the wave of popularity, a messy, high-profile divorce from and custody battle with Anderson in the early 1990s and a tell-almost-all autobiography, “My Life,” in 1994 cast him in a negative light, not helped by his understandable, but often irritable attitude toward the press, which was always keenly interested in his love life.
Comeback attempts in movies including “Switching Channels,” “Cop and a Half,” “The Man From Left Field” (which he also directed) and “Striptease” were failures. Rest, Buddy.”
Reynolds’ “Boogie Nights” co-star Mark Wahlberg said, “Rest in peace to a legend and a friend.”
He was thus cast in his first A-title role, in John Boorman’s “Deliverance,” one of the most popular and well received films of 1972 (several major actors, including Marlon Brando, had turned the role down before it was offered to Reynolds). Though he was highly favored to win, Reynolds undercut himself by firing his agent for casting him in the part and shunning publicity for the popular role.
After losing the Oscar he continued to work regularly in indifferent projects like “The Crew,” “Mystery, Alaska” and “Universal Soldier III.” He was second billed in Renny Harlin’s racecar actioner “Driven,” starring Sylvester Stallone; played the coach in the comedic 2005 remake of “The Longest Yard” that starred Adam Sandler; and played Boss Hogg in the feature adaptation of “The Dukes of Hazzard,” also in 2005, but other film work was mostly in lower-profile material.
. He will be in my history and my heart, for as long as I live. That same year he was again on the gridiron in the hit comedy “Semi-Tough.”
Reynolds made his directing debut with 1976 action film “Gator” and 1978’s black comedy “The End.”
Reynolds landed several series starring roles, mostly in Westerns, starting with “Riverboat” in 1959. By the mid-’90s the former $1 million-plus player’s services could be had for as little as $100,000 (which he received for “Striptease”).
Toward the end of the decade he received critical kudos for his performance as a self-deluded porno director in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Boogie Nights,” which brought him an Oscar nomination for supporting actor. He appeared for three seasons as a Native American on the long-running “Gunsmoke” in the mid-’60s, then moved over to the cop/detective genre as the lead in “Hawk” (1966) and “Dan August” (1970-71). The same year Woody Allen cast him in a small comedic role in his film “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex.”
He solidified his position as a rising film star with 1974 prison football drama “The Longest Yard.” In 1977 he starred with Sally Field and Jackie Gleason in the comedy programmer “Smokey and the Bandit,” which proved to be his most successful undertaking ever and was followed by the inevitable sequels. “They stay alive, even forty years later. My years with Burt never leave my mind. “He was a big part of my life for twelve years and Quinton’s loving father for thirty years. Celebrities are taking to social media to pay tribute to popular film star Burt Reynolds, who has died at age 82, multiple news outlets have confirmed, including The
Reynolds, known for his work in films such as “Deliverance,” “The Longest Yard” and “Smokey and the Bandit,” was celebrated for his career on Twitter and Instagram Thursday.
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Reynolds’ second wife Loni Anderson shared this statement about the “wonderful director and actor” she was married to from 1988 to 1994.