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.
Race car driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.: "Stroker Ace was born to race” Much respect to you Burt Reynolds. RIP
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.”
Singer Richard Marx shared a memory from meeting Reynolds in the 1990s.
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
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
Entertainer Reba McEntire said, "I’ll never forget the wonderful times we spent together."
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
And local insititutions fondly remembered the actor.
Today the Kravis Center remembers the impactful life of Burt Reynolds. We are honored to have had him grace our stage at our 1992 Grand Opening Night Of Stars; and to have had him serve on our Honorary Artistic Board. Our deepest sympathies to his family. pic.twitter.com/Wz4lNi7qFr