Celebrities Mourn the Loss of Burt Reynolds After His Death

Burt Reynolds and Sally Field were an item on screen — here in Smokey and the Bandit — as well as off screen in the late 1970s

Just after the news broke, celebrity admirers and others took to social media to offer condolences and pay tribute to Reynolds.

The 82-year-old was surrounded by family after being rushed to the hospital after going into cardiac arrest.

Last April the fading box-office legend showed showed up bravely showed up at the premiere of his final Hollywood hurrah, a film aptly called "Dog Years", but fans were horrified at his appearance.

Reynolds has also become well known for the roles that he turned down over the years.

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Reynolds' career was also dotted with notable rejections as he reportedly turned down the roles of Han Solo in Star Wars and super cop John McClane in Die Hard.

The actor soon started to rebuild his fortune, appearing in classics such as Boogie Nights, Without a Paddle, The Dukes of Hazzard.

In December, audiences will see Reynolds in one of his final roles in Defining Moments. He began appearing on television in the late '50s, but it wasn't until 1962 that he secured a consistent role as the half-Native American blacksmith Quint Asper on "Gunsmoke". But he had a comeback of sorts with 1997's Boogie Nights, for which he earned a best supporting actor Oscar nomination. Reynolds turned his attention to acting, moving to NY, where he struggled for several years until he landed a role in a revival of Mr. Roberts starring Charlton Heston in 1956. Following Deliverance, some of his most popular roles came in 1974's The Longest Yard, which was eventually remade with Adam Sandler in 2005. And he had a hit TV show in the 1990s with "Evening Shade".

Reynolds would go on to marry actress Loni Anderson in 1988.

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Former co-star Paul Wesley added: 'Burt Reynolds was one of the kindest and most generous people I have ever worked with.

Reynolds starred in the film alongside future girlfriend Sally Field, playing Bo "Bandit" Darville, a charming outlaw tasked with transporting a tractor trailer filled with beer over state lines.

"I took the part that was the most fun". After marrying television actress Loni Anderson, Reynolds made a decision to produce and star in the sitcom Evening Shade, which ran on CBS from 1990-94.

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