Reynolds was known for starring in 1972 thriller The Deliverance, which was a surprise hit and launched his career. Still, he'll be remembered by more than one generation for the likes of The Cannonball Run, The Player and his Oscar-nominated role in Boogie Nights. "I don't know if it's the best acting I've done, but it's the best movie I've ever been in".
The Georgia native, whose easy-going charms and handsome looks drew prominent roles in films such as "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Boogie Nights", suffered a cardiac arrest, Eisner said. "By the time I finally woke up and tried to get it right, nobody would give me a chance".
He made his big-screen debut in 1961 in "Angel Baby", starred in the original convict football film "The Longest Yard" (he played halfback at Florida State), and as recently as May 2018 he was cast in "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood". He's been consistently working since he broke into TV in the late 1950s.
"Not Burt Reynolds! Grew up loving Smokey and the Bandit when I was a kid. I didn't take the part that would be the most challenging", Reynolds said in an interview with CNN. "It proved I could act, not only to the public but me".
Reynolds was married to actresses Judy Carne from 1963 to 1965 and Loni Anderson from 1988 to 1993.
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 had been set to appear in Quentin Tarantino's next film, Once Upon a Hollywood. His later years were a mix of smaller roles in films and a return to guest shots on TV series, some such as animated spy spoof Archer playing on Reynolds' own past glories.