Reynolds’ manager Erik Kritzer told the Hollywood Reporter that the actor went into cardiac arrest and died at Jupiter Medical in Florida on Thursday morning, surrounded by his family.
Reynolds, whose career spanned six decades, earned a Golden Globe, Oscar nomination and several critics’ awards for his portrayal of purn director Jack Horner in the 1997 film “Boogie Nights.”
The actor was best known for his roles in 1972’s Deliverance, 1977’s Smokey and the Bandit, and 1997’s Boogie Nights – the last of which earned him an Oscar nomination. He was also filming Quentin Tarantino’s new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood alongside Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio at the time of his death.
Last year, he received critical acclaim for his performance in the indie movie “The Last Movie Star.”
More recently, he was said to be in talks to join the cast of Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming movie “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood,” in which he was to play George Spahn, the owner of the farm used by the Manson family cult.
The actor, who was known to have a hot temper, starred in several critically acclaimed movies but leaned more toward popular fare often panned by critics.
He was considered box office gold in the 1970s and early 80s with such films as “Smokey and the Bandit,” “Starting Over,” and “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas