Burt Reynolds, the Hollywood heartthrob whose fuzzy chest and rugged mustache made him a symbol of '70s masculinity (as well as a top box-office draw), has died at the age of 82.
The charismatic movie star rose to fame in the early 1970s with a leading role in the thriller Deliverance. He went on to feature in a string of classic films, including The Longest Yard, Smokey and the Bandit with Sally Field, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas alongside Dolly Parton. In the late 1990s, his career experienced a surprising revival, as his role in the 1997 film Boogie Nights earned him an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor.
Reynolds underwent heart surgery in 2010. His agent told CNN at the time that the aging film star "has a great motor with brand-new pipes." At the time of this writing, no official cause of death has been released.
In addition to his movies, Reynolds is known for his on-and-off relationship with his costar Sally Field. The pair dated for five years during the '70s and '80s, and in a 2015 interview with Vanity Fair, Reynolds called her the one that got away.
In 2015, the actor published his memoirs, But Enough About Me ($16.84, Amazon), in which he claimed to have no life regrets. "I always wanted to experience everything and go down swinging," the final paragraph of the book reads. "Well, so far, so good. I know I'm old, but I feel young. And there's one thing they can never take away: Nobody had more fun than I did."
Our thoughts are with Reynolds' family, including his son. He will be dearly missed.
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