Burt Reynolds, movie star who played it for grins, dies at 82 (hollywoodreporter.com).
Reynolds, who received an Oscar nomination when he portrayed porn director Jack Horner in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights (1997) and was the No. 1 box-office attraction for a five-year stretch starting in the late 1970s, died Thursday morning at Jupiter Medical Center in Florida, his manager, Erik Kritzer, told The Hollywood Reporter.
Certainly one of my favourite films of all time but certainly not one of his (GoogleTube), but more well known for staring in John Boorman’s widely acclaimed and viscerally disturbing Deliverance in 1972 and, of course, as Bo “Bandit” Darville racing that black Pontiac Trans Am across several Southern states and seeking to project an image of a new, rehabilitated South (tropicsofmeta.com, Aug. 2017) in 1977’s Smokey and the Bandit—curiously Alfred Hitchcock’s favorite movie— and its diminishing sequels and the Rat Pack featuring The Cannonball Run movies of the 1980s.
Updated 7th September 2018
[His friend and neighbor Charles Modica told] TMZ … he bought Burt’s pad with the intention of letting the legendary actor continue living there, because moving would have been traumatic. Modica says he always respected Reynolds for all the good he did in Florida, so he charged him relatives pennies in rent.
An arrangement similar to that which allowed Hugh Hefner to remain at the Playboy Mansion after it was sold (Latest Picks updated 7th Jun. 2016).