9:05 P.M. Burt Reynolds has left the building …

Burt Reynolds, the charismatic star of such films as Deliverance , The Longest Yard and Smokey and the Bandit who set out to have as much fun as possible on and off the screen ( and wildly succeeded ) has died.

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He was 82. Reynolds , who received an Oscar nomination when he portrayed porn director Jack Horner in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights (1997) and was the No. 1 box-office attraction for a five-year stretch starting in the late 1970s , died Thursday morning at Jupiter Medical Center in Florida , his manager , Erik Kritzer , told The Hollywood Reporter. The cause of death was cardiopulmonary arrest.

Always with a wink , Reynolds shined in many action films ( often doing his own stunts ) and in such romantic comedies as Starting Over (1979) opposite Jill Clayburgh and Candice Bergen ; The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982) with Dolly Parton ; Best Friends (1982) with Goldie Hawn ; and , quite aptly , The Man Who Loved Women (1983) with Julie Andrews.

Though beloved by audiences for his brand of frivolous , good-ol’-boy fare , the playful Reynolds rarely was embraced by the critics. The first time he saw himself in Boogie Nights , he was so unhappy he fired his agent. ( He went on to win a Golden Globe but lost out in the Oscar supporting actor race to Robin Williams for Good Will Hunting , a bitter disappointment for him ) …

” I didn’t open myself to new writers or risky parts because I wasn’t interested in challenging myself as an actor. I was interested in having a good time ” Reynolds recalled in his 2015 memoir , But Enough About Me. “As a result , I missed a lot of opportunities to show I could play serious roles. By the time I finally woke up and tried to get it right , nobody would give me a chance.”

Still , Reynolds had nothing to apologize for. He was Hollywood’s top-grossing star every year from 1978 through 1982 , equaling the longest stretch the business had seen since the days of Bing Crosby in the 1940s. In 1978 , he had four movies playing in theaters at the same time.

Reynolds’ career also is marked by the movies he didn’t make. Harrison Ford , Jack Nicholson and Bruce Willis surely were grateful after he turned down the roles of Han Solo , retired astronaut Garrett Breedlove and cop John McClane in Star Wars , Terms of Endearment and Die Hard , respectively.

MORBNOTE ; Now I can see him pullin’ off Han Solo no problem … And he was doin’ the smart ass , cute guy LONG before Bruce Willis and woulda done even better in that !!! …

He often said that passing on James L. Brooks’ Endearment was one of his worst career mistakes. ( Nicholson won an Oscar for playing Breedlove )

Reynolds also indicated he was Milos Forman’s first choice to play R.P. McMurphy ( another Nicholson Oscar-winning turn ) in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest …

MORBNOTE II ; Now … I think Burt could have done ‘ OK ‘ on that one … But that one was DEFINATLY Jack !!! …

Ya had a good run Burt … Ya had fun …

Source: Burt Reynolds Dead: ‘Deliverance,’ ‘Boogie Nights’ Star Was 82 | Hollywood Reporter

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