There's sad news to report from Florida today: Burt Reynolds has died. He was 82, and he passed away at Jupiter Medical Center.
Reynolds earned an Oscar nomination for 1997's Boogie Nights and won an Emmy in 1991 for his role in the CBS sitcom Evening Shade. But among his dozens of film and television roles, he was best known for films like Smokey & the Bandit, where he relied on a smirking persona and half-serious delivery to let audiences know he was in on the joke as well.
He did play some serious roles as well, including in 1972's Deliverance, where he starred as part of a group of suburban men who take a disastrous rafting trip through the mountains.
Reynolds played college football at Florida State University, where he roomed with ESPN analyst Lee Corso. He broke into television in the late 1950s before making it big in movies. He even recorded the occasional song for a movie soundtrack and even sang with Dolly Parton in the film The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
He'll definitely be missed. Prayers go out to his family and loved ones.
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