Acting legend Burt Reynolds, who’s been one of Hollywood’s most magnetic stars for more than half a century ago, passed away at age 82.
He rose to prominence after starring in a string of blockbuster hits throughout the ’70s and ’80s, and later made a comeback with an Oscar-nominated role in Boogie Nights.
Reynolds became an instant sensation thanks to Deliverance, The Longest Yard and Smokey and the Bandit, but never let fame go to his head. He was the star of the people, who won them over with his versatility and self-deprecating grace.
Reynolds had a history of health issues for some time, but that never stopped him from doing what he loved the most. He was looking forward to appearing in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, but never got a chance to shoot his scenes.
Dozens of Hollywood stars paid tribute to this American icon after learning he passed away. His niece Nancy Lee Hess also released a touching statement on behalf of the family, thanking everyone for their support at this time of grief.
“My uncle was not just a movie icon; he was a generous, passionate and sensitive man, who was dedicated to his family, friends, fans and acting students. I want to thank all of his amazing fans who have always supported and cheered him on, through all of the hills and valleys of his life and career,” wrote Hess.