On Air Now
Smooth Breakfast with Eamonn Kelly 6am - 10am
6 September 2018, 20:15 | Updated: 6 September 2018, 20:28
Burt Reynolds has passed away at the age of 82.
The American actor starred in many huge movies of the 1970s and beyond, including Smokey and the Bandit and Deliverance.
Us Weekly reports that he passed away in a Florida hospital of a heart attack, and was with his family.
Known for his iconic moustache and as a leading man in many successful films, he had previously undergone heart bypass surgery in 2010.
He is survived by his son, Quinton.
The actor's agent, Todd Eisner, told NBC News that his death was "heartbreaking".
Burt Reynolds' breakout hit was as Lewis Medlock in the 1972 horror-drama Deliverance, and he went on to appear in The Longest Yard, Smokey and the Bandit, Semi-Tough, Hooper, The Cannonball Run and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
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.— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) September 6, 2018
He had a big comeback in 1997, earning an Oscar nomination for his performance in Boogie Nights.
Reynolds was married to Judy Carne from 1963 to 1965, and to Loni Anderson from 1988 to 1993. He and Anderson adopted a son, Quinton.
He also had relationships with Dinah Shore and actress Sally Field.