Film and television fans alike took to social media to remember Burt Reynolds, who died Thursday in Jupiter, Fla. The “Deliverance” and “Smoky the Bandit” star was 82.
Former governor and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was one of the first to tweet his remembrance of the star. “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,” he said.
Actors Ralph Macchio and Kevin Smith also paid tribute to the star, remembering their childhoods watching him in “Smokey the Bandit.”
“As a kid I must have seen Smokey and the Bandit 10 times in the theatre. Met Burt Reynolds a few years back… so glad I did. Deliverance, Boogie Nights… some great ones. RIP,” Macchio tweeted.
Smith said, “As THE movie star of my childhood, the Bandit stole our hearts for decades. I always loved how Burt Reynolds worked with his friends as often as he could and then showcased the fun of movie-making in the end credits of his flicks. He was true American icon. Hate to see him go…”
Dolly Parton, who sang a duet with Reynolds in “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” wrote in a statement: “Oh how sad I am today along with Burt‘s millions of fans around the world as we mourn one of our favorite leading men. I know we will always remember his funny laugh, that mischievous sparkle in his eyes, and his quirky sense of humor. You will always be my favorite sheriff, rest in peace my little buddy and I will always love you, Dolly.”
Mark Wahlberg paid tribute to the star with a photo of his time working with him on the movie “Boogie Nights.” “Rest in peace to a legend and a friend,” Wahlberg tweeted.
Television host and actor Mario Lopez remembered a different side to Reynold’s Hollywood career, specifically his 1972 Cosmopolitan centerfold appearance. Lopez tweeted his recreation of the photo, which he did for People in 2008.
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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 Buddy