Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mark Wahlberg and Sylvester Stallone Pay Tribute to Burt Reynolds: ‘He Was a Trailblazer’

“Boogie Nights” actor died on Thursday

Last Updated: September 6, 2018 @ 2:34 PM

Hollywood mourned the death of Oscar-nominated actor Burt Reynolds on Thursday after news of his death broke. Reynolds died of cardiac arrest at the age of 82.

His “Boogie Nights” co-star Mark Wahlberg posted a picture to Twitter of Reynolds on the set of the film. He captioned it “Rest in peace to a legend and a friend.” Sylvester Stallone also saluted his friend.

“A sad day, my friend BURT REYNOLDS Has passed away,” Stallone wrote on Instagram. “I remember him back in 1979, he always reminded me that I should’ve cast him as Colonel Trautman in FIRST BLOOD , I said that’s impossible, because you’re too expensive and too famous, and probably tougher than Rambo !”

Reynolds and Stallone starred together in 2001’s “Driven,” centered on the world of racing.

Sally Field, who starred with Reynolds in “Smokey and the Bandit” and dated him for almost five years, honored the actor in a statement to People. “There are times in your life that are so indelible, they never fade away,” Field said. “They stay alive, even forty years later. My years with Burt never leave my mind. He will be in my history and my heart, for as long as I live. Rest, Buddy.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger called Reynolds a “trailblazer,” and said that “Burt Reynolds was one of my heroes.”

“He showed the way to transition from being an athlete to being the highest paid actor, and he always inspired me,” Schwarzenegger added. Reynolds played halfback at Florida State before suffering a knee injury in the first game of his sophomore years.

Retired race car driver Dale Earnhardt. Jr. referenced Reynolds’ 1983 movie, “Stroker Ace,” and wrote “Much respect to you Burt Reynolds. RIP.”

“RIP to another legend. Grew up with my parents, my brothers and a worn out VHS copy of Cannon Ball Run, watched Deliverance on my first date with my wife (don’t ask) & revisit Boogie Nights every few months to marvel at his performance,” “Beauty and the Beast” actor Josh Gad said.

David Hasselhoff, Dolly Parton, Kevin Bacon, Patton Oswalt, Wesley Snipes, Lena Dunham, Reba McEntire, Ricky Gervais, Elijah Wood, Michael Chiklis and director Edgar Wright and many more also paid tribute to the actor.