“Women loved him, and guys wanted to be him.”
Truer words have never been spoken about Burt Reynolds, who passed away recently at the age of 82. Burt went into cardiac arrest at a Florida hospital and died soon after. In a statement, his family said, “He has had health issues; however, this was totally unexpected.”
Even considering his advanced age and occasional health issues, Burt continued to work in his later years, releasing a movie as recently as March, and he was reportedly set to star in a Quentin Tarantino film in the near future (unfortunately, his scenes had not been shot before his death). But Burt’s true heyday was in the ’70s and early ’80s, starring in films like The Longest Yard and Smokey and the Bandit. He was known for his easygoing style, and he often performed his own stunts. The injuries he sustained on set caused him pain for his entire life.
That said, Burt was never one to begrudge fate — he knew he’d gotten a great shake at life. “I’ve always felt lucky in my life,” he once said in an interview. “I’ve had an incredible life. I feel so blessed. I know that it’s because you have a couple close calls, and it makes you start grabbing at life a little harder.”
There will never be another one like Burt Reynolds. RIP.
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