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Burt Reynolds Has Died at Age 82

A Fond Farewell to An Acting Legend

Longtime television and movie star, Burt Reynolds, passed away today, September 6.

As reported by Us Weekly, the actor "went into cardiac arrest at a hospital in Florida." With his family by his side, Reynolds was surrounded by love, and as fans are hearing of the sad news of his passing, admiration for the actor is pouring in from all over the globe.

Reynolds began his career in showbiz on the small screen, with roles in Dan August and Gunsmoke. The seventies brought about stardom for the handsome and charismatic character, particularly thanks to his part in Deliverance. Ever since, the actor has been a household name, appearing in close to 200 films and television shows combined. There is even a comedy yet to be released – Defining Moments – which will be one of his last roles. A defining moment, indeed. And Us Weekly adds he was in the middle of filming Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which stars Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Margot Robbie. An A-list cast with a legend to live up to.

Reynolds' credits run long - some of his most famous roles were in The Longest Yard, the aforementioned Deliverance, Starting Over, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Striptease, Smokey and the Bandit, and Boogie Nights, for which he received an Oscar nomination and won a Golden Globe for his porn director character, Jack Horner. As for TV, Reynolds was awarded an Emmy for his role on Evening Shade. Whether dramatic or comedic, Reynolds' presence onscreen was always on point.

According to Hollywood Reporter, "He was Hollywood's top-grossing star every year from 1978 through 1982, equaling the longest stretch the business had seen since the days of Bing Crosby in the 1940s. In 1978, he had four movies playing in theaters at the same time." While things simmered down, Reynolds was still sought-after and cast regularly.

Raised in Florida and made famous in Hollywood, Reynolds went from athlete to actor and lived a life many could only dream of. His good looks, infectious charm, and long-term relevance in the entertainment business, despite the ups and downs, proved Reynolds was the real deal. From his signature bushy mustache to his famous marriage to Loni Anderson to that unforgettable Cosmopolitan nude centerfold to roles both small and significant, Burt Reynolds solidified his status in the biz. He will be dearly missed.

Reynolds is survived by his son, Quinton Anderson Reynolds.

Rest in peace, Burt Reynolds. Hollywood is heartbroken but your legend lives on.

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Burt Reynolds appeared on Loose Women today, which is the British equivalent of The View, and had a whole heap to say about his fellow Hollywood actors.

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The 79 year old certainly didn't hold back when talking about Charlie Sheen and his recent revelation that he is HIV positive.  Interviewer Ruth Langsford had mentioned the rumors that were running rife in the 1980s about Reynolds' frail appearance and health, and asked if the Boogie Nights actor felt sympathy for what Sheen is going through now.  It's fair to say that she and the live studio audience were fairly stunned by his response.

"He deserves it.  He misbehaved badly.  Very badly.  But you know when you're that age, it's tough.  All those things are coming at you and it's difficult."

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Reynolds was at great pains to stress what a decent guy Martin Sheen, Charlie's father is, and what good friends they are—but he certainly did not reserve any sympathy for Charlie.

"He's getting what he deserves.  If you're going to misbehave like that, they're going to get you."

Wow!  To be honest, generally he is just voicing a fair proportion of the public's viewpoint—that Charlie played with fire and got burned, but it sounded pretty heartless the way Burt said it.  There's also a slight element of that old adage, "people in glass houses....".  Is Reynolds as unsympathetic and brutally frank about his own spiral into addiction, bad investments, debts, wife-beating, divorce and bankruptcy?

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It was a pretty awkward moment to say the least, but Burt was on a roll. He then went on to discuss his good friend Jon Voight's relationship with his daughter Angelina Jolie and said that Jon doesn't deserve the way Jolie has treated him.

Bearing in mind how notoriously private 40 year old Jolie is about her relationship with her father, she must have been thrilled to hear Reynolds repeat an anecdote about when she was just ten years old. Apparently she said and did something in front of Reynolds that was so shocking, he warned Voight that "you're in big trouble, she is going to be wild".

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He seems to completely overlook the years of humanitarian work and the philanthropy of the more mature Jolie. Co-host Coleen Nolan pointed out that she thought father and daughter had reconciled now, but indiscreet Burt said "she still has moments".

It was certainly a weird, stilted, awkward interview that never recovered from the Sheen statements.  As one audience member told The Sun;

"The insensitivity of the man was unbelievable, and several people in the audience were sure his remarks would be edited out."

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Well they weren't, so I guess that's two less Christmas cards Burt will be getting this year.

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Neil Patrick Harris is laying it bare in his new memoir, Choose Your Own Autobiography—opening up about his personal struggle in coming to terms with being gay, his drug use, and how meeting now-husband, David Burtka, changed his life forever.

The 41-year-old says he first became aware of being attracted to males at the age of 13, and that after developing a crush on a school friend, he opened up to his mother Sheila, telling her, “Mom, I'm afraid I'm gay.”

Thankfully, unlike the experience of so many other teens struggling to work out their sexual identity, his mother was fully supportive and accepting, telling her young son, it may just be a phase, but if it isn’t, it won’t make any difference to how much she, and his father, love him.

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Sadly however, it took a long time for the actor himself to learn to accept his sexuality, and, after years of labeling himself as bi-sexual, finally come to terms with being gay. Harris says he kind of knew he was, but that’s far away from accepting he was, and far away from, ultimately, coming out to himself, and to the world.

He shares a cringe-worthy anecdote about kissing Burt Reynolds during an appearance on the acting legend’s 1989 show, B.L.Stryker:

As a joke at the end of one take, Burt leans over and kisses you square on the mouth. The crew thinks this is very funny, but it makes you uncomfortable. Uncomfortable and, it will ultimately turn out, gay. Burt Reynolds' kiss makes you gay.

He also talks about his brief dabble with psychedelic drugs, admitting he is “one of the few people to find the drug neither transcendent nor horrific, just kinda weird.’”

Harris shares that his first same sex liaison was with a fellow actor when he was appearing in the Broadway production of Rent, back in 1997, calling their affair, “a tentative first step towards a new life.”

It was baby steps though, as Harris admits he then embarked on a number of clandestine hook-ups, and hours flirting with anonymous men in on-line chat rooms, all while hiding his true identity, baseball cap pulled down low on his head.

A subsequent hashish-smoking-filled trip to Germany during the Love Parade and a steamy, sexy make-out with a guy called Christophe in a gay club, helped Harris take an ever bigger step towards self-acceptance, and he writes of his eventual epiphany:

After a long internal journey, you now embrace being gay, recognizing it as a wonderful and integrally important component part of the totality that is you. You are full out…to yourself.

But, it was his meeting with Burtka—with whom he shares twins, Gideon and Harper, who were conceived via a surrogate—and married in Italy last month after ten years of dating, that really transformed his life, and completed his journey—he writes:

It's natural. it's familiar. it's as cozy as an old shoe. You've met the right man, and luckily you've done so at the right time.

You've come a long way from the anonymous skulker trolling the AOL chat rooms...You are gay. You know that you are; you like that you are; you’re proud that you are. You are totally gay. And now you are totally gay and totally in love, and it’s wonderful.

Harris finally came out publicly as gay in 2006, telling People magazine, “I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions and am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest and feel most fortunate to be working with wonderful people in the business I love.”

He talks about the moment in his autobiography:

The most gratifying reaction was the deafening silence of hundreds of millions of Americans thinking to themselves, who gives a shit?

Amen to that!

Chose Your Own Autobiography is out today, you can buy a copy at all good bookstores, or via Amazon