Burt Reynolds, Hollywood heart-throb of 1970s, is dead

He won acclaim for Deliverance and Boogie Nights
Burt Reynolds, the moustachioed heart-throb of 1970s cinema who won acclaim in Deliverance and a host of awards later in his career for Boogie Nights , died on Thursday.
The famously suave 82-year-old, a huge box office draw at his peak who had a reputation as a hard-drinking playboy, reportedly suffered a heart attack and died at a hospital in Florida.“It is with a broken heart that I said goodbye to my uncle today,” the actor’s niece Nancy Lee Hess, said in a statement. “My uncle was not just a movie icon; he was a generous, passionate and sensitive man, who was dedicated to his family, friends, fans and acting students.” Reynolds, whose career spanned six decades, earned a Golden Globe, Oscar nomination and several critics’ awards for his portrayal of porn director Jack Horner in the 1997 film Boogie Nights . Last year, he drew critical acclaim for his performance in the indie movie The Last Movie Star
It was his role in the 1972 thriller Deliverance in which he plays macho survivalist Lewis Medlock, that cemented his status as one of Hollywood’s leading men in the 1970s and 80s.During his career, he would also become known as much for the hit movies he racked up as the big roles he turned down.
“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 wrote in his 2015 memoir. “As a result, I missed a lot of opportunities to show I could play serious roles,” he added.
Source :  https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-life/burt-reynolds-hollywood-heart-throb-of-1970s-is-dead/article24897729.ece

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