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Burt Reynolds, 1970s Leading Man, Dies at 82

Burt Reynolds, 1970s Leading Man, Dies at 82

Tributes have been paid to Reynolds.

The actor's agent, Todd Eisner, told us Reynolds died Thursday morning from cardiac arrest. That film is scheduled to be released in 2019. Reynolds also participated in the remake.

Reynolds' career was also dotted with notable rejections as he reportedly turned down the roles of Han Solo in Star Wars and super cop John McClane in Die Hard. Reynolds said he considered the Oscar-nominated film, which co-starred Jon Voight, Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox, the best of his career.

Reynolds will mostly be remembered for his contributions to film, though he also had a pretty significant impact on the sports world.

He also appeared on the popular series "Gunsmoke" in the early '60s for 50 episodes as Quint Asper, the eventual Dodge City blacksmith.

Toward the end of the decade he received critical kudos for his performance as a self-deluded porno director in Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights, which brought him an Oscar nomination for supporting actor.

Nearly 20 years (and 60 roles) later, he published a memoir called But Enough About Me - a jokey title for a bestseller that proved beyond a doubt, that audiences still weren't exhausted of hearing about Burt Reynolds.

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

Reynolds' personal life sometimes overshadowed his movies, with marriages that ended in divorce to actresses Loni Anderson and Judy Carne and romances with others, including Sally Field and Dinah Shore.

Rejected roles aside, Reynolds made quite a career for himself as a devil-may-care man film fans either wanted to be or wanted to be with. Arguably FSU's most well-known alumnus, Reynolds went on to become a champion of alma mater, helping to establish the nationally recognized film school and frequently appearing on former head football coach Bobby Bowden's weekly television show. Deliverance, Boogie Nights... some great ones.

In his 2015 memoir But Enough About Me, Reynolds admitted that he missed many opportunities over years.

He would later call Field "the one that got away".