He was known for his iconic film roles in Deliverance and Boogie Nights, as well as that unmistakable '70s porn stache. Burt Reynolds' agent announced today that the iconic film star and onetime Hollywood sex symbol died of a heart attack earlier today in Jupiter.
Reynolds was born in Lansing, Michigan, but his family moved to Florida when he was 10 years old. He attended Palm Beach High School and later played football at Florida State University. A knee injury felled his plans for a career in sports and led him to Palm Beach State College, where he was lauded for his first forays into acting.
The gruff, über-macho actor went on to score Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for his roles in blockbuster classics such as The Longest Yard and Boogie Nights. But as his career took off, he also earned notoriety as a sex symbol, particularly after posing nude in a Cosmopolitan centerfold in 1972. Reynolds admitted as recently as two years ago that he regretted posing for the magazine. "It was really stupid. I don’t know what I was thinking," he told AOL at Austin City Limits in 2016. "I really wish I hadn't done that."