Although his movies were rarely popular with critics, at his peak he was the most popular actor in Hollywood.
He launched his acting career with TV shows like "Gunsmoke" and "Dan August", but it was his breakout film role was in "Deliverance" in 1972 that launched him to stardom.
Just months before his passing, Reynolds was reported to have joined the star-studded cast of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.
He had a long relationship with his "Smokey and the Bandit" co-star Sally Field.
It was the original "Smokey" in 1977 that Reynolds is best known for; a Hal Needham action comedy flick that featured Reynolds as Bo "Bandit" Darville, a man hired to transport 400 cases of beer from Texas to Atlanta in 28 hours in his black Pontiac Trans-Am.
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As Radar previously reported, Reynolds spent his last years battling illness that left him frighteningly frail and weighing barely 100 pounds. That kind of star power has been rarely seen since then, and may never be seen again. In the movie, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, Reynolds was to play George Spahn, the blind rancher who owned the property that Charles Manson and his followers were living on when they hatched their most infamous murders.
Reynolds had recently been announced as playing a part in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and has Defining Moments coming out later this year. He enrolled in an acting class, accepted immediate urging to try out for the lead role in a play and eventually won the Florida State Drama Award.
Burt Reynolds was tragically pronounced dead today at the age of 82. For better or worse, those roles were tailor-made for Burt Reynolds.
The actor also kept busy on television, with guest appearances in The X-Files, Ed, My Name Is Earl and Burn Notice and voicework on Robot Chicken, Duck Dodgers, American Dad and Archer. He stayed active on the big screen with roles in films like The Last Movie Star and less celebrated fare like Apple of My Eye.
He was now filming the highly anticipated Quentin Tarantino film Once Upon a Timein Hollywoodalongside Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, which is slated to be released in theaters in 2019.