Burt Reynolds dies at the age of 82

An action star who did many of his own stunts, Reynolds was also a charismatic rogue and relentless flirt on-screen, helping to make one of the biggest sex symbols of his time. He was so interested in continuing his success as a star that he would repeatedly turn down more challenging roles in favor of slighter fare that he figured that audiences wanted from him.

In his colorful career Reynolds secured more than his share of both good and bad press. He was Hollywood's top-grossing star each year from 1978 through 1982, CBS News reports. And you always run into some jerks.

Reynolds was also known for roles in popular films like "The Longest Yard" and "Deliverance".

Reynolds was a winking, macho star both on TV and on the silver screen, collecting hundreds of credits and earning acclaim from fans and critics alike.

Reynolds called it "by far" his best film. "And it was done with a insane leading man". Reynolds also checked into a drug rehab clinic in 2009. He also "backed away" from playing Batman on TV in the '60s.

Just after the news broke, celebrity admirers and others took to social media to offer condolences and pay tribute to Reynolds. Along the way he picked up an Emmy as best actor in a comedy series. Reynolds manager confirmed with The Hollywood Reporter that the actor died at the Jupiter Medical Center in Florida. He had a promising future with the program, but he suffered a knee injury in the Seminoles' first game of his sophomore season, then later that year suffered another knee injury and lost his spleen as a result of a vehicle accident. His acting career began on television in the 1950s before moving into film. He then went on to fill the title roles on ABC dramas Hawk (in 1966), Dan August (1970) and B.L. Stryker (1989). He was simultaneously making movies, starting with "Armored Command" and "Angel Baby" in 1961. He continued to appear in films in lesser but sometimes noteworthy roles. The movie won Reynolds a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. The film was later remade with Adam Sandler taking the ball as Paul "Wrecking" Crewe, while Reynolds played Coach Nate Scarborough.

In 2015 he was honoured by the Stuntmen's Association of Motion Pictures with the organisation's Richard "Diamond" Farnsworth Award.

He was married to "Laugh-In" star Judy Carne from 1963 to 1966, and to Loni Anderson, the stunning "WKRP in Cincinnati" star from 1988 to 1993.

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