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.
— Mark Wahlberg (@markwahlberg) September 6, 2018
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A sad day, my friend BURT REYNOLDS Has passed away. 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 ! He laughed , He had a great sense of humor and I enjoyed his company so much… RIP
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.
Im 19. I get a few lines in a movie. The megastar on set was really nice and cool to this punk actor(me) for no reason. The director called me before the movie came out to tell me I had hit the cutting room floor. But I never forgot that Star. Thanks Burt. RIP
— Kevin Bacon (@kevinbacon) September 6, 2018
— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) September 6, 2018
Burt Reynolds was one of my heroes. He was a trailblazer. He showed the way to transition from being an athlete to being the highest paid actor, and he always inspired me. He also had a great sense of humor – check out his Tonight Show clips. My thoughts are with his family.
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) September 6, 2018
Burt Reynolds was the best, funniest super hero on this planet…He was a friend and I’ll miss him!! Nobody was better than him…dashing, charming and just so lovable!! pic.twitter.com/1TjNHF021D
— David Hasselhoff (@DavidHasselhoff) September 6, 2018
“Stroker Ace was born to race”
Much respect to you Burt Reynolds. RIP pic.twitter.com/w8FlIShmIR
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) September 6, 2018
Burt Reynolds & Clint Eastwood were fired from GUNSMOKE & RAWHIDE at the same time. Burt was told he couldn't act and Clint his neck was too skinny. In the parking lot, Burt said to Clint, "I dunno what you're gonna do, but I'm gonna take acting lessons." #RIPBurtReynolds
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) September 6, 2018
R.I.P. Burt Reynolds, underrated as a dramatic actor (Deliverance), underrated as a director (Sharkey's Machine), but also a rare movie star that seemed to be just having an absolute ball onscreen. Nobody broke frame with a bigger gleam in his eye. "Just watch ol' Bandit run." pic.twitter.com/L4NlRyqahb
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) September 6, 2018
I will never forget our dinners,laughs & gems you dropped. Meeting you was one of the greater joys of my adult life & artistic career. You were the “Man” then, now & forever in my book. 10-4 Bandit ,you’ve got nothing but open road now – love, WS. the Student. #burtreynolds ???????? pic.twitter.com/uhdAGjtH8H
— WS (@wesleysnipes) September 6, 2018
I am so sorry to learn of the passing of Burt Reynolds – a true Hollywood legend. Just look at the smiles on our faces when I met Burt – he made me @RicFlairNatrBoy & @EBischoff feel like kids on Christmas morning! #RIPBurtReynolds pic.twitter.com/8z83j4HaY3
— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) September 6, 2018
Very sad to hearing about the passing of Burt Reynolds. He was a great actor, a philanthropist and a pioneer of the cool mustache. Thank you, Burt. You will be missed. pic.twitter.com/nuuFWMSnJg
— Steve Harvey (@IAmSteveHarvey) September 6, 2018
Burt Reynolds, movie star who played it for grins, dies at 82.
Burt! Met him on Burn Notice. He was the real deal. It was an honor to work with him and get to know the man a little bit. Ride on, Bandit! https://t.co/oag9ZC3pqR
— Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce) September 6, 2018
— Reba (@reba) September 6, 2018
RIP Burt Reynolds. Another one of my all time favorites growing up. Thanks for the memories. I met Burt a few times at his theatre in Jupiter. Such an engaging and funny guy plus a huge mentor to young actors in Jupiter. His Carson shows were hilarious. Thanks for the memories. pic.twitter.com/ikUM9s5pdr
— Larry The Cable Guy (@GitRDoneLarry) September 6, 2018
Burt Reynolds, you are the glorious dictionary definition of a golden man. Thank you for spreading your glow ????
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) September 6, 2018
RIP Burt Reynolds. Seems his whole career was tongue in cheek. Always warm and funny.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) September 6, 2018
— Shooter Jennings (@ShooterJennings) September 6, 2018
BURT REYNOLDS YOU HAVE THE 2ND BEST MOUSTACHE ON EARTH AND I LOVE YOU FOREVER. GOD BLESS YOU pic.twitter.com/C4WEiAZT4S
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) September 6, 2018
Sending my love to Burt Reynolds’ family. May he rest in peace. He was one of my Dad’s favorites. He brought a lot of joy into our lives.
— Angela Kinsey (@AngelaKinsey) September 6, 2018
Part of my youth died today… R.I.P. Burt Reynolds. pic.twitter.com/iSiIWGyDb2
— Rikki Rockett (@RikkiRockett) September 6, 2018
Sad to hear of the passing of legend, Burt Reynolds.
— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) September 6, 2018
Sad to hear Burt Reynolds has died. Man.. I grew up watching Cannonball Run.. Smokey and the Bandit… Stroker Ace and so many others. He had a swagger and a charm that I really enjoyed. Boogie Nights is one of my fav films. #RIP
— Dane Cook (@DaneCook) September 6, 2018
I owe my career, at least in part, to the great Burt Reynolds. Heartbroken to learn of his passing. He was one of a kind. A fun loving, charismatic talent who did many good deeds quietly, without personal expectation but rather out of the kindness of his extraordinary heart. RIP
— Michael Chiklis (@MichaelChiklis) September 6, 2018
Burt Reynolds wore a half-zipped wetsuit shirt with the sleeves ripped off in Deliverance. Swag. pic.twitter.com/KMIQhJQ7SU
— Anders Holm (@ders808) September 6, 2018
Burt Reynolds has died at 82 years old.
Worked with him doing some voiceover work for Brawny paper towels years ago.
Very, very funny guy.
Didn’t get any bigger than Burt Reynolds in the 1970s.
Total Hollywood legend.
Godspeed #BurtReynolds pic.twitter.com/MLzqfP9VjY
— Billy Baldwin (@BillyBaldwin) September 6, 2018
Burt Reynolds was one of the kindest and most generous people I have ever worked with. He took me under his wing when I was first starting out as an actor and offered friendship, advice and guidance.
I’ll never forget how much that meant to me.
— Paul Wesley (@paulwesley) September 6, 2018
I met Burt Reynolds once in a video store in the 90s before he did “Boogie Nights.” He was by himself and no one seemed to notice him. I said, “I just want to thank you for many hours of entertainment.” He smiled so big and shook my hand and said, “You made my day. Thank you.”
— Richard Marx (@richardmarx) September 6, 2018
Burt Reynolds was a friend of mine, sad to hear of his passing.
— Billy Dee Williams (@realbdw) September 6, 2018
Heard a Burt Reyonds story: He was doing VO for GTA IV, long session, tons of dialogue, he's sweating, tired.
Producer said, "Burt, need anything?"
Burt goes, "Every once in a while, just gimme an 'Atta boy, Burt.' Let me know I'm doing okay.'"
Anyhow, Atta boy, Burt. RIP
— Neal Brennan (@nealbrennan) September 6, 2018
Had the pleasure of meeting Burt Reynolds at a charity do once. He was surprisingly down to earth, and VERY funny.
— Limmy (@DaftLimmy) September 6, 2018
WWE is saddened to learn that Academy Award-nominated actor and Hollywood icon Burt Reynolds has passed away at the age of 82. https://t.co/V1G8pE9bVB
— WWE (@WWE) September 6, 2018
RIP to one of the realest players to EVER do it! #BurtReynolds
— DJ PAUL THREE6MAFIA (@DJPAULKOM) September 6, 2018
Rest in peace Burt Reynolds. Thank you for so many great performances including this one in the Original Room, improvising with 2 of the greats. Say hi to Richard and Robin for us. #burtreynolds #richardpryor #robinwilliams #TheComedyStore #tbt pic.twitter.com/LOFCkNBtXZ
— The Comedy Store (@TheComedyStore) September 6, 2018
The best “bad” movies of my childhood had Burt Reynolds in them and I loved so many of his “bad” movies. Was a particular sucker for the slapstick of Reynolds and Dom DeLuise together. RIP Burt https://t.co/SeVmeDLueO
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) September 6, 2018
Burt Reynolds used to love to tell the story of how Bobby Bowden knew his name — “Buddy.” It wasn’t until later that he realized Bobby Bowden called everyone Buddy. RIP, Buddy. pic.twitter.com/zmbqAH50pT
— Tim Linafelt / FSU (@Tim_Linafelt) September 6, 2018
RIP Burt Reynolds. We’ll celebrate his rich career tonight. pic.twitter.com/AOxt0SMwjJ
— David Muir (@DavidMuir) September 6, 2018