Soon after tributes for the movie icon - who starred in such films as Smokey And The Bandit and Boogie Nights - flooded in.
He launched his acting career in Western TV shows like "Gunsmoke" and "Dan August", but his breakout film role was in thriller "Deliverance" in 1972. He returned to television before making a comeback in the 1997 film Boogie Nights as porn director Jack Horner, a role that finally earned him his first Academy Award Nomination.
Reynolds was born February 11, 1936, in Lansing, Michigan, and moved to Riviera, Florida, where his war-hero father Milo was the chief of police. And while Reynolds is best known for his freewheeling, hellbent badass onscreen presence, he might never have leaped into Bandit's Camaro had he been just a little bit better football player. I grew up watching Cannonball Run.
He was the top-grossing star in Hollywood every year from 1978, when he had four movies playing in cinemas at once, through to 1982.
Asked to come up with his own epitaph, Reynolds said, "He lived a hell of a life, and did his best - his very best - not to hurt anybody".
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With his devil-may-care attitude, a permanent twinkle in his eyes and his trademark mustache, good-ol"-boy Reynolds was the bankable box-office star of the 1970s and early "80s - accumulating a string of box-office hits and unforgettable appearances on "The Tonight Show" couch with his "dear friend", host Johnny Carson". Reynolds had mixed feelings about the film in spite of the acclaim. Reynolds turned his attention to acting, moving to NY, where he struggled for several years until he landed a role in a revival of Mr. Roberts starring Charlton Heston in 1956. Reynolds also generated attention for financial woes and his struggles with prescription pain medication. According to his co-star in that modern classic, however, Reynolds detested the film.
Reynolds landed several series starring roles, mostly in Westerns, starting with "Riverboat" in 1959. However, he continued to work in the industry until his death.
In 2015 he was honoured by the Stuntmen's Association of Motion Pictures with the organisation's Richard "Diamond" Farnsworth Award.
Reynolds' personal life sometimes overshadowed his movies, with marriages that ended in divorce to actresses Loni Anderson and Judy Carne and romances with others, including Sally Field and Dinah Shore.
He was married twice.