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Burt Reynolds, star of film, TV and tabloids, dead at 82

Posted at 2:31 PM, Sep 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-06 19:14:11-04

NEW YORK (AP) – Burt Reynolds, whose credits included acclaimed films such as “Deliverance” and commercial hits like “Smokey and the Bandit,” has died.

The handsome film and television star died at age 82, according to his agent Todd Eisner. Several sources indicate he died of a heart attack.

During a long, erratic career, Reynolds starred in the Oscar-winning film “Deliverance” in 1972 and the Oscar-nominated “Boogie Nights” in 1997. He also fronted such commercial favorites as “Smokey and the Bandit.” And he had a hit TV show in the 1990s with “Evening Shade.”

But he also had more than his share of flops and tabloid moments, including an acrimonious divorce from former TV star Loni Anderson and a nearly nude centerfold in Cosmopolitan magazine. reports that Reynolds never filmed his final role.

He had been cast in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Charles Mansion film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” But a source told that Reynolds hadn’t shot his scenes yet.

Reynolds was supposed to shoot for two days in his role of George Spahn, the owner of the ranch where the Mansion Family lived and plotted the Tate-LiBianca murders.

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