Reynolds had heart problems for many years and even underwent major heart surgery in February 2010.
Reynolds dominated both the big and small screens in classics including "Smokey and the Bandit," "Deliverance," "The Longest Yard," "Cannonball Run," and "Boogie Nights."
Reynolds won a Golden Globe in 1998 for his supporting role as a porn director in "Boogie Nights" and was nominated for an Oscar for the same performance. It was the only Oscar nod he got over the course of his illustrious acting career that began on television all the way back in 1958. Reynolds, however, famously hated the movie.
"Burt Reynolds was one of my heroes. He was a trailblazer," Schwarzenegger tweeted. "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... My thoughts are with his family."
Cook tweeted, "Sad to hear Burt Reynolds has died. Man, I grew up watching 'Cannonball Run,' 'Smokey and the Bandit,' 'Stroker Ace' and so many others. He had a swagger and a charm that I really enjoyed. 'Boogie Nights' is one of my [favorite] films."
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.
Burt I can not stop my tears right now. You were one of the greatest guys I ever worked with, u had my back. I am grateful we got some time together last year & laugh about the old days of B.L. Stryker. I will always miss you. Get some rest friend I love ya so much. #BurtReynolds pic.twitter.com/QhHWJiediT
I owe my career, at least in part, to the great Burt Reynolds. Heartbroken to learn of his passing. He was one of a kind. A fun loving, charismatic talent who did many good deeds quietly, without personal expectation but rather out of the kindness of his extraordinary heart. RIP
RIP to another legend. Grew up with my parents, my brothers and a worn out VHS copy of Cannon Ball Run, watched Deliverance on my first date with my wife (don't ask) & revisit Boogie Nights every few months to marvel at his performance. A very great loss. https://t.co/rmwoCHJcNM
R.I.P. Burt Reynolds, underrated as a dramatic actor (Deliverance), underrated as a director (Sharkey's Machine), but also a rare movie star that seemed to be just having an absolute ball onscreen. Nobody broke frame with a bigger gleam in his eye. "Just watch ol' Bandit run." pic.twitter.com/L4NlRyqahb
Sad to hear Burt Reynolds has died. Man.. I grew up watching Cannonball Run.. Smokey and the Bandit... Stroker Ace and so many others. He had a swagger and a charm that I really enjoyed. Boogie Nights is one of my fav films. #RIP
The best “bad” movies of my childhood had Burt Reynolds in them and I loved so many of his “bad” movies. Was a particular sucker for the slapstick of Reynolds and Dom DeLuise together. RIP Burt https://t.co/SeVmeDLueO
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
I will never forget our dinners,laughs & gems you dropped. Meeting you was one of the greater joys of my adult life & artistic career. You were the “Man” then, now & forever in my book. 10-4 Bandit ,you've got nothing but open road now - love, WS. the Student. #burtreynolds 🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/uhdAGjtH8H
I met Burt Reynolds once in a video store in the 90s before he did “Boogie Nights.” He was by himself and no one seemed to notice him. I said, “I just want to thank you for many hours of entertainment.” He smiled so big and shook my hand and said, “You made my day. Thank you.”
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