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Burt Reynolds will be remembered for these 20 iconic roles

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Burt Reynolds died on Sept. 6, 2018, of cardiac arrest. He was 82. Take a look at some of his most memorable roles.

1. ‘Gunsmoke’

Reynolds played blacksmith Quint Asper on the TV series for three years, joining the cast at age 26 in 1962. Gunsmoke was one of the actor’s first major roles. (Photo: CBS/Courtesy of Everett)

2. ‘Deliverance’

His first major movie role was in the 1972 thriller. Out of all the classic films he was in, people quoted one line from Deliverance to Reynolds the most. “I’ll be driving sometimes in the car, and some guy will pull up beside me and say, ‘You got a mighty pretty mouth,’” he told Conan O’Brien in March. (Photo: Warner Bros./Courtesy of Everett)

3. ‘Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex but Were Afraid to Ask’

Reynolds was the switchboard operator in the Woody Allen-directed film. (Photo: Mary Evans/A United Artists Film/Ronald Grant/Everett Collection)

4. ‘The Longest Yard’

Before he began acting, Reynolds eyed a career playing professional football. After an injury sidelined him while he was playing in college at Florida State, he pursued other options. Perhaps that’s why his portrayal of a former footballer, Paul Crewe, in the 1974 film was so darn good. (Photo:
Paramount Pictures/Courtesy of Everett)

5. ‘Smokey and the Bandit’

If you argued that his cowboy hat-wearing character, Bandit, was Reynolds’s most iconic role to date, it’s doubtful that many would disagree. Reynolds went on to star in two sequels after the success of Smokey and the Bandit. (Photo: Universal/courtesy Everett Collection)

6. ‘Semi-Tough’

Reynolds found himself playing a former football player again as Billy Clyde Puckett in Semi-Tough. He’s seen here with actress Jill Clayburgh in the 1977 romantic comedy. (Photo: United Artists/courtesy Everett Collection)

7. ‘Starting Over’

Two years later, Reynolds and Clayburgh teamed up again for the comedy Starting Over. (Photo: Paramount Pictures/Courtesy: Everett Collection)

8. ‘The Cannonball Run’

Reynolds was equally as good in racing films as he was in football-centered flicks. He played J.J. McClure in The Cannonball Run I and II in the early ’80s. (Photo: Mary Evans/Ronald Grant/Everett Collection)

9. ‘Stroker Ace’

The 1983 action comedy found Reynolds playing Stroker Ace. (Photo: Universal/courtesy Everett Collection)

10. ‘Evening Shade’

Reynolds returned to TV in 1990 in Evening Shade. He played Wood Newton, a former member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, for four years and nearly 100 episodes. (Photo: CBS/Courtesy: Everett Collection)

11. ‘Boogie Nights’

Playing Jack Horner, an adult film director, in the 1997 film earned Reynolds his first and only Oscar nomination. (Photo: New Line Cinema/courtesy Everett Collection)

12. ‘The Longest Yard’

Reynolds returned for the 2005 remake of his hit alongside Adam Sandler and Chris Rock. While Sandler took on the role of Paul Crewe, Reynolds played the inmates’ coach, Nate Scarborough. (Photo: Paramount/courtesy Everett Collection)

13. ‘Malone’

In 1987, Reynolds played former CIA assassin Richard Malone in the action thriller. (Photo: Orion Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection)

14. ‘Bean’

Reynolds appeared onscreen as General Newton in the 1997 movie. (Photo: TM & © Universal)

15. ‘Navajo Joe’

The 1966 spaghetti western film saw Reynolds playing the title character, Joe, a Navajo who sought revenge for those who killed his tribe. (Photo: United Artists)

16. ‘Cop & 1/2’

Reynolds played Nick McKenna in the 1993 buddy cop comedy. (Photo: Universal Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection)

17. ‘Angel Baby’

Reynolds made his film debut in 1961 as Hoke Adams. (Photo: Allied Artists Pictures)

18. ‘White Lightning’

The 1973 drama found Reynolds starring as Gator McKlusky in White Lightning. (Photo: United Artists)

19. ‘The Last Movie Star’

One of Reynolds’s most recent performances came alongside Modern Family star Ariel Winter in the 2017 film. (Photo: A24/courtesy Everett Collection)

20. ‘Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’

Switching up his go-to genre, Reynolds showcased his singing skills alongside Dolly Parton in the 1981 musical. (Photo: Universal Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection)

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