Burt Reynolds dies at 82

21st September 1972 Film star Burt Reynolds in relaxed mood

21st September 1972 Film star Burt Reynolds in relaxed mood

Arnold Schwarzenegger called Burt Reynolds a "hero" of his and noted that it was his inspiration that led him to go from being an athlete to one of the world's highest paid actors.

Overall, Reynolds' career spanned more than 200 credits across film and television. He's been consistently working since he broke into TV in the late 1950s.

His first big movie breakout role was as Lewis Medlock in box office hit Deliverance in 1972.

While his popularity waned relatively, Reynolds continued to score movie and TV roles into the 1990s. He flaunted his sex appeal in 1972, posing rakishly on a bearskin rug as the first male nude (well, nearly) centerfold in Cosmopolitan magazine - a choice he later describes as "one of the biggest mistakes I've ever made".

Reynolds scored another major role as the lead in the Smokey and the Bandit series, which seemed to perfectly fit his image as a smooth and sharply sarcastic country boy with a disregard for authority. He rode that wave to starring in films like The Longest Yard and Lucky Lady, even becoming famous enough to play himself in Mel Brooks' spoof Silent Movie.

He is also known to have owned several custom-made sports cars, 150 horses, and an impressive toupee collection valued at $100,000.

More details to come... That included on "Evening Shade", where he earned an Emmy in 1991 playing Wood Newton - once again, a former football player.

He was nominated for an Oscar in 1997, for his portrayal of porn director Jack Horner in Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights.

His romps with several attractive Hollywood women throughout his life only served to boost his amorous reputation.

Part of the prize for that award was a scholarship to a NY theatre, the Hyde Park Playhouse; speaking many years later Reynolds credited those experiences, and Duncan's support, for launching his acting career. He later married Loni Anderson in 1988, and the pair adopted a son, Quinton Anderson Reynolds.

In 1996 he filed for bankruptcy, where he cited $6.6 million in assets and $11.2 million in debts. He was 82 years old.

Reynolds excelled in football and was a star halfback at Florida State University before an injury derailed his career.

Reynolds rose to fame in the '70s and had a prolific career.

After traveling to Hyde Park, Reynolds hung around NY and worked odd jobs before spending some time acting in stage productions.

Burt Reynolds has played an important part in Palm Beach County's modern history and the impact he has had on their community is a vital part of that history.

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