Burt Reynolds, who played the roll of Boss Hogg in the 2005 remake of ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’, featuring Willie Nelson, Jessica Simpson and Johnny Knoxville, died at age 82.
The handsome film and television star is known for his acclaimed performances in Deliverance and Boogie Nights, commercial hits such as Smokey and the Bandit and for an active off-screen love life which included relationships with Loni Anderson and Sally Field.
In a statement, his niece, Nancy Lee Hess, called his death “totally unexpected,” although she acknowledged he had health issues.
“He was tough. Anyone who breaks their tail bone on a river and finishes the movie is tough. And that’s who he was.”
Hess noted her uncle’s kindness and generosity, and thanked “all of his amazing fans who have always supported and cheered him on, through all of the hills and valleys of his life and career.”
The moustached, smirking Reynolds earned critical acclaim and critical scorn, popular success and box-office bombs over his long, erratic career. His movies ranged from lightweight fare such as The Cannonball Run and Smokey and the Bandit to more serious films like The Longest Yard and The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing. He was the top-grossing movie star in Hollywood for each year from 1978 to 1982.
Reynolds died in the presence of his family at a Florida hospital after suffering a heart attack on September 6, 2018.
Source: The Star