Burt Reynolds, the ever-mustached actor with roles in a a handful of classics like Boogie Nights, The Longest Yard, Smokey and the Bandit, and Deliverance, has died.
Reynolds, 82, died Thursday morning surrounded by his family, Us Weekly reported.
A versatile yet consistently handsome actor, Reynolds earned an Oscar nomination for his supporting role in 1997’s Boogie Nights playing porn mogul Jack Horner and won two Golden Globes in his career.
While his more dramatic role in Boogie Nights earned Reynolds the most critical acclaim, he cut his chops and built his career in more light-hearted movies like Smokey and the Bandit, Cannonball Run, and Starting Over, and even had a role as a sperm in Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Ask.
Reynolds became a sex icon in the ’70s and ’80s, exuding a rugged, irresistible kind of manliness with his stark mustache and charming swagger.
And it’s hard to forget his centerfold spread in Cosmopolitan from 1972.
With the news of his passing, many people took to Twitter to send their condolences and remember the legendary actor.
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
So saddened by the passing of my old friend Burt Reynolds. He was a man who lived life to the fullest. Loved our time together on the set of Cannonball II & our trip to FSU. Thank u for the smiles. RIP Buddy
— Joe Theismann (@Theismann7) September 6, 2018
I will never forget our dinners,laughs & gems you dropped. Meeting you was one of the greater joys of my adult life & artistic career. You were the “Man” then, now & forever in my book. 10-4 Bandit ,you’ve got nothing but open road now – love, WS. the Student. #burtreynolds 🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/uhdAGjtH8H
— WS (@wesleysnipes) September 6, 2018
Burt Reynolds is survived by his son Quintin.