Celebrities sent their condolences and paid tribute to Burt Reynolds after Us Weekly broke the news of his death on Thursday, September 6.
Reba McEntire, who costarred with Reynolds in 1993’s The Man From Left Field, tweeted: “My good friend has started a new journey. Rest in peace my friend. I’ll never forget the wonderful times we spent together. #BurtReynolds.”
“Burt Reynolds was one of my heroes,” Arnold Schwarzenegger tweeted. “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.”
“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,” Dolly Parton said in a statement shared on Twitter. “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. I will always love you, Dolly.”
Sylvester Stallone wrote on Instagram: “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.”
“RIP to another legend,” Josh Gad wrote on Twitter. “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.”
“Very sad to hearing about the passing of Burt Reynolds,” Steve Harvey captioned a photo of himself and the Dukes of Hazzard star on Twitter. “He was a great actor, a philanthropist and a pioneer of the cool mustache. Thank you, Burt. You will be missed.”
Dale Earnhardt Jr. honored the actor on Twitter as well: “’Stroker Ace was born to race’ Much respect to you Burt Reynolds. RIP.”
“The world lost a legend today. Not only on screen, but also in life,” Ariel Winter, his costar in The Last Movie Star, wrote on Instagram. “Burt Reynolds was an incredible man to everyone he encountered, and I am deeply grateful that I got to spend time with him in the way that I did. They don’t make them like him anymore— he truly was the last movie star. Burt was a kind, loving soul that could brighten your day with just a smile, and always cared to make sure he asked how your day was going or just cheer you up with a charming compliment. While today is a sad day, Burt lived an incredibly full life and while he’s no longer here physically, he is always in our hearts and minds. Will love and miss you always Burt.”
Reynolds died at age 82 after going into cardiac arrest at a Florida hospital on Thursday, a source told Us. His family was there with him at the time.
The Oscar nominee’s legendary work included Deliverance, Smokey and the Bandit, Boogie Nights, Striptease and The Longest Yard.
He was cast in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood before his death. Another of his movies, titled Defining Moments, is set to be released in December.
See more celebrity reactions below:
Burt Reynolds. True legend. Our hero. Funny as hell and a for-real badass. So many great movies. So many great stories. Such a great Dad. Will be missed by all. Deepest condolences to his family.
— Adam Sandler (@AdamSandler) September 6, 2018
Sad to hear of the passing of legend, Burt Reynolds.
— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) 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
RIP Burt Reynolds. Watch Deliverance – The Longest Yard – Boogie Nights – The Last Movie Star
— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) September 6, 2018
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
— Ralph Macchio (@ralphmacchio) September 6, 2018
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
— Dane Cook (@DaneCook) September 6, 2018
Burt Reynolds was one of the kindest and most generous people I have ever worked with. He took me under his wing when I was first starting out as an actor and offered friendship, advice and guidance.
I’ll never forget how much that meant to me.
— Paul Wesley (@paulwesley) September 6, 2018
RIP Burt Reynolds. Seems his whole career was tongue in cheek. Always warm and funny.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) September 6, 2018
Damn, R.I.P. Burt Reynolds
— Freddie Prinze Jr (@RealFPJr) September 6, 2018
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
— Michael Chiklis (@MichaelChiklis) September 6, 2018
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) September 6, 2018
Burt Reynolds was a friend of mine, sad to hear of his passing.
— Billy Dee Williams (@realbdw) September 6, 2018
RIP Burt Reynolds. I will wear my mustache with pride.
— nathan followill (@doctorfollowill) September 6, 2018
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.”
— Richard Marx (@richardmarx) 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
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
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) September 6, 2018
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