‘Smokey and the Bandit,’ ‘Boogie Nights’ star Burt Reynolds dies at 82

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The film was a massive success, and earned $126 million at the box office, which today would equate to $508 million.

Burt Reynolds, whose credits included acclaimed films such as "Deliverance" and commercial hits like "Smokey and the Bandit", has died. Reynolds had mixed feelings about the film in spite of the acclaim.

"I just kept working", Reynolds recounted to ET in 2015 about struggling with addiction and battling rumors that he was dying of AIDS due to his extreme weight loss. Blake Edwards cast him in the lead of the American remake of The Man Who Loved Women in 1983.

A MI native, Reynolds was born in Lansing on February 11, 1936. After graduating from high school, Reynolds earned a football scholarship to Florida State University as a halfback.

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When injuries derailed his promising athletic career, Reynolds turned to acting.

Reynolds is known for many roles, including his work in films "Deliverance", "The Longest Yard" and "Smokey and the Bandit". A bearskin-rug centerfold he posed for in Cosmopolitan magazine became a famous photo, though Reynolds later said he regretted the shot. Reynolds moved back to the small screen for a brief period, producing and starring in the CBS series Evening Shade from 1990 to 1994. Reynolds starred in the film alongside future girlfriend Sally Field, playing Bo "Bandit" Darville, a charming outlaw tasked with transporting a tractor trailer filled with beer over state lines. He also won a Golden Globe that year.

Burt Reynolds, Loni Anderson and Dom DeLuise at The 43rd Primetime Emmy Awards on August 25, 1991 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. That kind of star power has been rarely seen since then, and may never be seen again.

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

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Reynolds and Anderson had one son, Quinton.

Reynolds was nominated for an Oscar for his role as a porn director in the 1997 movie, Boogie Nights.

Reynolds was arguably the biggest star in the world in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and made more than 200 films during his 60-year career.

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