“We’re only here for a little while, and you’ve got to have some fun, right? — Burt Reynolds
Hollywood icon Burt Reynolds passed yesterday at eighty-two-years of age but he is remembered in the hearts of myriad fans and friends alike. Among those who paid tribute to the Deliverance, The Longest Yard and Boogie Nights star:
Former bodybuilder, action hero and governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger remembers Burt as “one of [his] heroes”:
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
As well as Sly Stallone:
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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
Burt, what an impact you made.Working beside you and seeing first hand what a movie star was like when cameras were and were not rolling was truly instructive. Thanks for the kindness you always extended. RIP, Giant. #BePeace
— Carl Weathers (@TheCarlWeathers) September 6, 2018
— Mark Wahlberg (@markwahlberg) September 6, 2018
Norm Macdonald, whose tongue-in-cheek impression of Reynolds was always the highlight of the show:
Big Burt is up in heaven slapping around little Bert. #onefewerB*rt inthispooroldworld
— Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) September 6, 2018
Dolly Parton, his co-star from 1982’s The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas:
— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) September 6, 2018
Burt Reynolds was a friend of mine, sad to hear of his passing.
— Billy Dee Williams (@realbdw) September 6, 2018
— Reba (@reba) September 6, 2018
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
Ryan Reynolds, who paid homage to Burt’s famous Cosmo centerfold in his marketing for the first Deadpool film:
I finally got to work with one of my heroes in 2006. #BurtReynolds led a really fun cast in Spokane and we laughed all day, every day he was on the set. A wry humor and a warm heart defined this wonderful man. He will be sorely missed. #RIPBurtReynolds pic.twitter.com/6ShGb2w2a6
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) 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
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… https://t.co/jaMZjJA4e8
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) 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
Worked with Burt Reynolds on a TV show once. He introduced himself by saying, "Hi, I'm Burt Reynolds. I used to be big in the 70's." How do you not love that?
— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) September 6, 2018
Rest in peace Burt Reynolds. You were an icon and one of my heroes. -DT pic.twitter.com/0fKZhaKpuH
— Danny Trejo (@officialDannyT) September 6, 2018
Smokey and the Bandits co-star and former girlfriend Sally Field, per a heartfelt statement with Variety: “There are times in your life that are so indelible, they never fade away,” Field said. “They stay alive, even 40 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.”
As well as the fond remembrance of fans:
— Borre Nexus-6 (@borremon) September 7, 2018
You were loved and admired by many.
Those who know you personally are blessed.
Fly high and enjoy the ride! pic.twitter.com/FjMiaLXnSk
— VapeReviewQueen (@ReviewQueenFB) September 7, 2018
Thank you for everything, Burt. R.I.P., you will be missed.