As news of Palm Beach County native Burt Reynolds' death spread across the internet Thursday, celebrities and everyday fans began sharing their condolences on social media.
What a traumatic week. Now today. My good friend Bert Reynolds has passed away. Feeling super emotional right now. Long live The #Legend #Bandit #BurtReynolds you will be missed. pic.twitter.com/JcJZ5VmU1J
— Vanilla Ice (@vanillaice) September 6, 2018
Vanilla Ice, who was in the news just a day before after he landed at JFK on a flight from Dubai that contained scores of sick people, shared his condolences on Twitter.
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.
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) September 6, 2018
Arnold Schwarzenegger tweeted, "Burt Reynolds was one of my heroes. He was a trailblazer."
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
Adam Sandler recalled Reynolds as a "trailblazer and for-real badass."<.p>
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Much respect to you Burt Reynolds. RIP pic.twitter.com/w8FlIShmIR
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) September 6, 2018
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.”
— Richard Marx (@richardmarx) September 6, 2018
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
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) September 6, 2018
Comedian Patton Oswalt shared an amusing anecdote about Reynolds and Clint Eastwood.
A tribute to the great Burt Reynolds with me as a Brucie what a thrill to act with!! pic.twitter.com/gQ9qd6qD5O
— Nick Turturro (@NickTurturro1) September 6, 2018
Actor Nick Turturro sent a tribute to his former acting colleague.
Not Burt Reynolds! This is too much. Give him back now!!!!
— Harvey Fierstein (@HarveyFierstein) 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
Actor and director Kevin Smith: "He was a true American icon."
— Mark Wahlberg (@markwahlberg) September 6, 2018
Mark Wahlberg shared a photo from the set of 'Boogie Nights.'
Very sad to hearing about the passing of Burt Reynolds. He was a great actor, a philanthropist and a pioneer of the cool mustache. Thank you, Burt. You will be missed. pic.twitter.com/nuuFWMSnJg
— Steve Harvey (@IAmSteveHarvey) September 6, 2018
TV host Steve Harvey saluted Reynolds for, among other things, being a "pioneer of the cool mustache."
— Reba (@reba) September 6, 2018
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
— WS (@wesleysnipes) September 6, 2018
Actor Wesley Snipes: "Meeting you was one of the greater joys of my adult life & artistic career."
RIP Burt Reynolds. Seems his whole career was tongue in cheek. Always warm and funny.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) September 6, 2018
Comedian Ricky Gervais: "Seems his whole career was tongue in cheek."
Fans also posted tributes to Reynolds.
I love this photo of #BurtReynolds with Michael Jeter and Dom DeLuise. I’m sure they greeted Burt with open arms and had a few laughs. Michael probably copped a feel just to tease Burt for old times sake. #RIPBurtReynolds pic.twitter.com/LDW1brLunN
— Jay C (@AhLiaisons) September 6, 2018
— onestell (@onestell) September 6, 2018
— Kim (@kubricklover) September 6, 2018
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
— Kravis Center (@KravisCenter) September 6, 2018
"The entire FSU family is saddened to learn we have lost our good friend Burt Reynolds. ... We will miss him dearly." - FSU President John Thrasher pic.twitter.com/tNOyE8EDlT
— Florida State University (@floridastate) September 6, 2018
Burt Reynolds, we'll miss having you on campus each year. Thank you for always supporting our students and the local film community. pic.twitter.com/QS4CoulJnw
— Lynn University (@LynnUniversity) September 6, 2018