Legendary actor, Burt Reynolds, had passed away at the age of 82.
- The Hollywood Reporter has written a lovely tribute piece in honor of the actor who always seemed to be having fun on screen.
- Reynolds passed away on Thursday, September 6th at the Jupiter Medical Center in Florida. He was 82 years old.
- His most notable film credits include, Smokey and the Bandit, Deliverance, and Boogie Nights –which earned him an Oscar nomination.
- Reynolds’ career began in 1958 with two appearances in the TV show, Flight and fans will get to see him at least one more time in Defining Moments, which is set to premiere in theaters on Christmas Day.
- While he wasn’t heavily involved in Disney related productions, Reynolds did appear as himself on Mickey’s 60 Birthday Special and the Walt Disney World 4th of July Spectacular, both airing in 1988. He made a cameo as himself on an 1986 episode of Golden Girls.
- He was offered the role of Han Solo in Star Wars: A New Hope, but turned it down. He was considered for the role of Dodger in Oliver and Company and was also the first choice to voice Dr. Phillium Benedict in Recess: School’s Out. Reynolds was considered to play Eddie Valiant in Who Framed Roger Rabbit before the role ultimately went to Bob Hoskins.
- Reynolds collaborated with Disney Buena Vista Television for the creation of the game show Win, Lose, or Draw which was inspired by the game nights he held in his home. He was also appeared as a series regular on several episodes between 1987-1989.
- Fans might recognize a nod to Reynolds in the 2014 Dinseytoon Studios film Planes: Fire & Rescue. A water-faring vessel by the name of Boat Reynolds was inspired by the actor.