Burt Reynolds, Charismatic Star of 1970s Blockbusters, Dies at 82

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(NBC News) — Burt Reynolds, the Oscar-nominated actor whose mischievous grin and wily charm helped turn him into one of the screen icons and sex symbols of 1970s Hollywood, died on Thursday. He was 82.

He died of cardiac arrest, according to his agent, Todd Eisner. “No comment, just heartbreaking,” Eisner said.

Reynolds, who famously sported a bushy black mustache for much of his heyday, led a string of box-office smashes in the mid-1970s, including the “The Longest Yard” and “Smokey and the Bandit,” an action caper in which he played a sly trucker with a need for speed.

He retreated from the big screen for much of the 1980s before rebounding with an acclaimed turn as a San Fernando Valley pornography kingpin in the 1997 ensemble drama “Boogie Nights,” a role that earned him his first and only Oscar nomination — and some of the best reviews of his career.

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