Refresh for updates Hollywood remembered Burt Reynolds today, with Arnold Schwarzenegger praising the actor as one of his heroes and a “trailblazer,” and Deliverance director John Boorman calling him “brilliant and fearless.”
“Burt Reynolds was one of my heroes,” tweeted Schwarzenegger. “He was a trailblazer. He showed the way to transition from being an athlete to being the highest paid actor, and he always inspired me.”
Sally Field, Reynold’s former romantic partner and co-star of Smokey and the Bandit, released a statement saying, in part, “My years with Burt never leave my mind.”
Reynolds’ Boogie Nights co-star Mark Wahlberg tweeted, “Rest in peace to a legend and a friend.”
John Boorman, who directed Reynolds in Deliverance, shared an anecdote with Deadline (read it below), calling the actor “brilliant and fearless, and always funny.”
“He was one of a kind,” tweeted Chiklis. “A fun loving, charismatic talent who did many good deeds quietly…”
Reynolds died today in Jupiter, Florida. He was 82.
Deadline will update this post as additional remembrances arrive.
Linda Bloodworth Thomason, Creator, and Harry Thomason, Director & Executive Producer, Evening Shade:
The critically acclaimed series, “Evening Shade,” was created expressly for and with the invaluable help of Burt Reynolds. Burt won the Emmy for best actor during our first season. He was sweet, brash, exasperating, hot-tempered, generous and wickedly talented. To be sure, it was a wild ride. R.I.P. Burt. May your star never go out.
Sally Field, Smokey and the Bandit co-star and former romantic partner:
There are times in your life that are so indelible, they never fade away. They stay alive, even forty years later. My years with Burt never leave my mind. He will be in my history and my heart, for as long as I live. Rest, Buddy.
John Boorman, director, Deliverance:
When we finished Deliverance, Burt said to me “I was in this film under false pretenses.”
“Why?” I asked.
“Because I can’t act, I was just faking it!”
“Well, you had me fooled.”
Burt was brilliant and fearless, and always funny.
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A sad day, my friend BURT REYNOLDS Has passed away. I remember him back in 1979, he always reminded me that I should’ve cast him as Colonel Trautman in FIRST BLOOD , I said that’s impossible, because you’re too expensive and too famous, and probably tougher than Rambo ! He laughed , He had a great sense of humor and I enjoyed his company so much… RIP Buddy