“Smokey and the Bandit” star Burt Reynolds passed away Thursday, according to reports. He was 82.
According to CNN, Reynolds who starred in classic movies such as “The Cannonball Run,” “Stroker Ace” and “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” died due to a heart attack.
TMZ reports that Burt suffered from heart problems for years and was taken to a Florida hospital following cardiac arrest. Burt was surrounded by family when he passed away.
Burt was married Judy Carne from 1963-1965, and Loni Anderson from 1988- 1993. He is survived by his one son, Quinton, with Anderson.
The actor started his career in television shows, “Gunsmoke” and “Dan August.” He later moved to film. His star rose after starring in the movie “Deliverance” in 1971. After starring in successful films throughout the ’70s and ’80s, he returned to television to star in “Evening Shade.” He was nominated for an Oscar in 1997 for his role in “Boogie Nights.”
After hearing of his passing, stars shared their condolences on social media.
Burt Reynolds was one of my heroes. 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.
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) September 6, 2018
— Mark Wahlberg (@markwahlberg) September 6, 2018
So sad hearing about the passing of Burt Reynolds. Such a nice man, true friend & a good soul! You left this world with wonderful memories..We will miss you my friend- RIP
— ERIK ESTRADA (@ErikEstrada) September 6, 2018
RIP Burt Reynolds. Seems his whole career was tongue in cheek. Always warm and funny.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) September 6, 2018
Burt Reynolds & Clint Eastwood were fired from GUNSMOKE & RAWHIDE at the same time. Burt was told he couldn't act and Clint his neck was too skinny. In the parking lot, Burt said to Clint, "I dunno what you're gonna do, but I'm gonna take acting lessons." #RIPBurtReynolds
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) September 6, 2018
America lost a fabulous actor today. Buff and comely, Burt Reynolds was ruggedly handsome and always looked so striking, so very fit. His bravado and sass made him the crush of many fans, and his manly swagger endeared him to many. His charms will live on always in our dreams.
— Nice Donald Trump |a parody (@niceDonaIdTrump) September 6, 2018