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Hollywood Legend Burt Reynolds Dead Following A Heart Attack

Burt Reynolds, the moustachioed megastar who first strutted on screen more than half a century ago died at the age of 82

Hollywood Legend Burt Reynolds Dead Following A Heart Attack
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Hollywood Legend Burt Reynolds Dead Following A Heart Attack
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2018-09-07T14:26:06+05:30

Burt Reynolds known for his easy-going charms and handsome looks  which gave him prominent roles in films such as "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Boogie Nights," suffered a cardiac arrest on Thursday.

Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger tweeted, “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.”

An iconic Hollywood sex symbol in front of the camera, Reynolds also tried his directorial hand behind it, and later earned a reputation for philanthropy after founding the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre in Florida.

His roles over the years ranged and pivoted from Southern heart throb to tough guy to comedy, notably in his role as Rep. David Dilbeck in the 1996 film "Striptease", which flopped at the box office but earned him widespread praise for his comedic prowess.

But it was John Boorman's 1972 thriller "Deliverance", which cast Reynolds as outdoorsman Lewis Medlock, that is widely credited for launching his early career.

Reynolds made an acting resurgence in recent years, appearing in numerous films and TV shows. He was cast in the upcoming Quentin Tarantino-directed "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood", scheduled for release next year. 

Reynolds had not yet started shooting his appearance in the film. 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.

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