- Burt Reynolds has passed away after suffering a heart attack
- He is best known for his starring role in the movie, ‘Smokey and the Bandit’
- Reynolds had a promising football career, but an injury forced him to abandon his dreams
Actor Burt Reynolds has passed away in the early hours of Thursday morning in Jupiter Medical Centre in Florida after suffering a heart attack.
Before getting into acting, Reynolds was on his way to becoming a college football star, but an injury cut his sporting career short.
The actor spent close to a decade trying to get his foot in the door and break into Hollywood but only managed to land small roles in movies and TV shows.
His first taste of success came after he landed the role of Lewis Medlock in ‘Deliverance’ and his career took off from there, however the actor is best known for starring in the 1977 western, ‘Smokey and the Bandit’.
Reynolds had dreams of becoming a professional football player and had talent scouts waiting for him to complete his studies, but sadly after sustaining multiple injuries, he was forced to leave his dreams behind.
Briefly.co.za learned that he had previously considered going into law enforcement, but a teacher managed to convince him to give acting a shot after watching him perform an extract from Shakespeare during an English class.
Since then the actor has starred in over 50 feature films throughout his career and also cracked an Oscar nod for his performance in ‘Boogie Nights’ in 1997.
Channel24 reports that the actor’s manager, Erik Kritzer was the first to break the news and confirm the actor’s cause of death.
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