Any fan of TV and movies from the 1970s is no doubt stunned by the death of a true icon in Hollywood.
Sadly, actor Burt Reynolds passed away on Thursday at the age of 82 from an apparent heart attack.
Before Reynolds became a Hollywood movie star, he had played on dozens of TV shows as well as few bit parts in movies.
His first regular role was playing Ben Frazer in “Riverboat.”
From that point, most of his roles were one-time appearances until “Gunsmoke” came along in 1962.
For the next four seasons, Reynolds would appear as Quint in more than four dozen episodes.
Then, in 1966, Reynolds would get the big break playing as the lead in “Hawk.”
The series only lasted one season, but it showcased Reynolds’ talents and he started to catch the eye of Hollywood producers.
One of the more iconic films of the time, “Deliverance,” starred a very young Burt Reynolds.
It showed a different side of Reynolds and turned him into one of the most coveted stars of the time.
In 1977, Reynolds made the black Camaro the most cherished car of every hot rod fan when he made “Smokey and the Bandit.”
That would end up being one of the first “franchise” films, with Reynolds making Parts 1, 2, and 3.
As Reynolds aged, he learned to adapt to different types of roles, moving away from the tough guy, action star he often played in his youth.
One role that still stands out today was his role in “Striptease” in 1996.
While this was supposed to showcase actress Demi Moore, Burt Reynolds clearly stole the show with his portrayal of Congressman David Dilbeck.
Old age never slowed him down, either.
Reynolds had just finished wrapping up “Defining Moments,” a film scheduled for release in December of this year.
He was currently in the middle of a film documenting the Manson family called “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”
Reynolds is survived by his son Quinton Anderson Reynolds.