RIP Bandit: Burt Reynolds, 82, has died.

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RIP Bandit: Burt Reynolds, 82, has died. CLICK here for the whole story. He reportedly passed after having having a heart attack in a Florida hospital. He was surrounded by his family.

Burt Reynolds, star of such movies like Deliverance, The Longest Yard and Cannonball Run, has passed away at the age of 82 on Thursday his manager, Erik Kritzer, confirmed. 

According to US Weekly, the charismatic star went into cardiac arrest at Jupiter Medical Center in Florida on Thursday. His family was by his side when he passed according to the report. 

Reynolds first rose to fame starring in TV shows like Gunsmoke and Dan August, until moving on to become the No. 1 box-office attraction for five-years running starting in the late 1970s. He appeared in dozens of action films, often doing his own stunts. 

In his 2015 memoir, Reynolds wrote that he rarely opened himself up to risky parts because he wasn't interested in challenging himself as an actor. 

"As a result, I missed a lot of opportunities to show I could play serious roles," Reynolds wrote in But Enough About Me. "By the time I finally woke up and tried to get it right, nobody would give me a chance."

He earned a 1997 Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of porn director Jack Horner in Paul Thomas Anderson's movie Boogie Nights. He lost that year to Robin Williams for his work in Good Will Hunting.  - 

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