Hollywood is mourning the loss of Burt Reynolds following the news the legendary film and television actor passed away at age 82. One of the most touching tributes is from Mark Wahlberg, who famously co-starred opposite Reynolds in Paul Thomas Anderson’s porn industry drama “Boogie Nights.” The two actors worked very closely on the film, which was one of Wahlberg’s early breakout roles.
Wahlberg posted a tribute to Reynolds on his social media pages, accompanying a behind-the-scenes photo of the two on the “Boogie Nights” set with the caption: “Rest in peace to a legend and a friend.” Filmmakers Kevin Smith and Edgar Wright also posted tributes to Reynolds on social media.
Reynolds passed away on the morning of September 6 at Jupiter Medical in Florida, according to his manager Erik Kritzer. The actor’s role in “Boogie Nights” earned him his first and only Oscar nomination. He competed in the best supporting actor race at the 70th Academy Awards but lost to Robin Williams in “Good Will Hunting.” Reynolds role as porn director Jack Horner won his accolades from the Golden Globes and the New York Film Critics Circle.
Check out tributes to Reynolds below.
— Mark Wahlberg (@markwahlberg) 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
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
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