Arnold Schwarzenegger Remembers Burt Reynolds As One Of His Heroes

Arnold Schwarzenegger Remembers Burt Reynolds As One Of His Heroes

His publicist said he died in Florida after suffering a heart attack. But it's his big screen career that took off in the early 1970s that made Burt Reynolds a star.

The actor suffered cardiac arrest and died at Jupiter Medical in Florida on Thursday morning, surrounded by his family, manager Erik Kritzer told the Hollywood Reporter. The film is expected to hit theaters in 2019. Reynolds also participated in the remake.

In that span, he released films like "Starting Over", "The Cannonball Run", "Rough Cut", and a sequel to "Smokey and the Bandit". He did win a Golden Globe for the role in 1998, and another Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy in 1992 for his role in the CBS series Evening Shade.

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Reynolds was also known for turning down famous roles.

His lone Oscar nomination came in 1998, in the best supporting actor category, for his portrayal of pornographic film producer Jack Horner in the film "Boogie Nights".

Well known for his many romances, Reynolds' tempestuous relationship with his ex-wife Loni Anderson was key tabloid fodder in the 1980s and the divorce left him millions in debt just when his film career faltered. To this day, Smokey and the Bandit remains the star's most successful endeavor.

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He later said he regretted that centerfold image, which showed Reynold's spread out across a bearskin rug, and said it distracted attention from his "Deliverance" co-stars and likely cost them an Academy Award.

Reynolds made an acting resurgence in recent years, appearing in numerous films and TV shows. Deliverance, Boogie Nights... some great ones.

Burt Reynolds in the April, 1972 centrefold of Cosmopolitan magazine.

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From left to right: Adam Rifkin, Brian Cavallaro, Robert DeNiro, Burt Reynolds, Chevy Chase, Ariel Winter, Kathleen Nolan, Gordon Whitener, Neil Mandt and Juston Street attend the "Dog Years" Premiere during 2017 Tribeca Film Festival at Cinepolis Chelsea on April 22, 2017 in New York City. And there's one thing they can never take away: "Nobody had more fun than I did".

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