Fri, 7 Sep, 2018
Celebrities share sorrow at passing of Burt Reynolds
Friends and colleagues in Hollywood are mourning the passing of actor Burt Reynolds, who has died aged 82.
Reynolds was one of the hottest stars in the 1970s and '80s, putting in memorable performances in Deliverance, Smokey and the Bandit and Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
He earned an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor in Boogie Nights in 1997 and produced the popular sitcom Evening Shade. Those who knew him have taken to social media to remember his humour and warmth.
Arnold Schwarznegger said Reynolds was one of his heroes.
Burt Reynolds was one of my heroes. 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. He also had a great sense of humor - check out his Tonight Show clips. My thoughts are with his family.
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) September 6, 2018
Dolly Parton, who acted and sang with him in Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, has said she will always love him.
— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) September 6, 2018
Comedian Ricky Gervais has commented on Reynolds' sense of humour. "Seems his whole career was tongue in cheek. Always warm and funny."
RIP Burt Reynolds. Seems his whole career was tongue in cheek. Always warm and funny.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) September 6, 2018
Singer and actress Reba McEntire, who starred with Reynolds in the TV film The Man From Left Field wrote, "I'll never forget the wonderful times we spent together."
— Reba (@reba) September 6, 2018
Karate Kid actor Ralph Macchio has recalled meeting him a few years ago.
As a kid I must have seen Smokey and the Bandit 10 times in the theatre. Met Burt Reynolds a few years back... so glad I did. Deliverance, Boogie Nights... some great ones. RIP
— Ralph Macchio (@ralphmacchio) September 6, 2018
Patton Oswald has shared a story about Reynolds deciding to get acting lessons after he was fired from both Gunsmoke and Rawhide.
Burt Reynolds & Clint Eastwood were fired from GUNSMOKE & RAWHIDE at the same time. Burt was told he couldn't act and Clint his neck was too skinny. In the parking lot, Burt said to Clint, "I dunno what you're gonna do, but I'm gonna take acting lessons." #RIPBurtReynolds
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) September 6, 2018
Rapper Vanilla Ice, who was quarantined on the Emirates plane in New York on which 100 people were sick, has tweeted about his "traumatic week" and shared a sweet photo of himself with the actor.
What a traumatic week. Now today. My good friend Bert Reynolds has passed away. Feeling super emotional right now. Long live The #Legend #Bandit #BurtReynolds you will be missed. pic.twitter.com/JcJZ5VmU1J
— Vanilla Ice (@vanillaice) September 6, 2018
Republished by permission of Stuff.co.nz.