Burt Reynolds, "Smokey and the Bandit" star, dead at 82, CNN. Burt Reynolds, an icon of the eighties, died Thursday, September 6, 2018, according to his agent, Todd Eisner. A call for an ambulance came from his estate in Martin County, Florida, 911 records show. He was 82. Reynolds starred in the Smokey and the Bandit and Cannonball Run movie franchises. He also earned People's Choice Awards in 1979, 1982 and 1983 as all-around male entertainer of the year.