Burt Reynolds, "Smokey and the Bandit" star, dead at 82
Burt Reynolds, the mustachioed megastar who first strutted on screen more than half
a century ago, died Thursday, according to his agent Todd Eisner.
He was 82.
The Michigan native, whose easy-going charms and handsome looks drew prominent roles
in films such as "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Boogie Nights," suffered a cardiac arrest,
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 & Theatre in his home state of Florida.
His roles over the years ranged and pivoted from Southern heartthrob to tough guy to
comedy, notably for 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.
One thing I can say he was the best at carrying off that porno mustache.