Burt Reynolds, whose moustache, machismo and twinkly eyes turned him into a Hollywood heartthrob, has died at the age of 82. His publicist said he died in Florida after suffering a heart attack. The actor had heart bypass surgery in 2010 and is survived by his son, Quinton. He starred in more than 80 films, including his The Longest Yard, Smokey and the Bandit, and Boogie Nights, for which he won an Oscar nomination, but he claimed to have turned down an offer to be James Bond in 1970. At the peak of his career he was one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars, combining rugged good looks with an easy charm. His heartthrob status even led to him posing naked for Cosmopolitan in 1972 – a strategically positioned arm preserving his modesty. Arnold Schwarzenegger was among the Hollywood stars to pay tribute “ He was a trailblazer,” he said. “He showed the way to transition from being an athlete to being the highest paid actor, and he always inspired me.” RIP Burt Reynolds. Seems his whole career was tongue in cheek. Always warm and funny.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) September 6, 2018 Reynolds, whose hopes of becoming a professional American football player were… Read full this story
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