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Beloved Boogie Nights Star Dies of a Heart Attack. His Portraits in Ink!



Born Burton Leon Reynolds Jr. on February 11, 1936, Reynolds will be best known as an American actor hwo first rose to fame starring in television series s Gunsmoke , (1962–1965), the Hawk (1966), and Dan August (1970–1971).

However, his breakout film role was as Lewis Medlock in Deliverance (1972). Reynolds played the leading role in a number of box office hits, such as The Longest Yard (1974), Smokey and the Bandit (1977), Semi-Tough (1977), Hooper (1978), Smokey and the Bandit II (1980), The Cannonball Run (1981) and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982).

After a few box office failures, Reynolds returned to television, starring in the sitcom Evening Shade (1990–1994). He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Boogie Nights (1997).

Reynolds was also a cultural icon with his thick mustache and sexy macho persona. Reynolds also posed nude for Playgirl which was the male version of Playboy’s Marilyn Monroe issue.

Once among Hollywood's highest-paid actors, Reynolds later fell into financial trouble amid private ventures in an Atlanta restaurant and a professional sports team, though he continued to make cameo appearances and teach acting classes.

Reynolds made an acting resurgence in recent years, appearing in numerous films and TV shows. He was recently cast as George Spahn in the upcoming Quentin Tarantino directed "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," that chronicles Charles Manson and “the Family”.

Reynolds took acting seriously, but not himself and was beloved by so many. He will be missed. He is an icon!