Burt Reynolds Cremated In Fort Lauderdale

"Smokey and the Bandit" star Burt Reynolds has been cremated in South Florida.

A Florida death certificate shows the 82-year-old actor died Sept. 6 at Jupiter Medical Center and was cremated at the Gold Coast Crematory in Fort Lauderdale.

A cause of death was not listed, but his agent told various media outlets that Reynolds died of a heart attack.

Reynolds grew up in Palm Beach County, lived in Tequesta and taught acting classes at his Burt Reynolds Institute for Film & Television in North Palm Beach in the days before his death.

He opened the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre in Jupiter in 1979 and recruited his famous friends -- Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Charles Durning, Carol Burnett and fellow Florida State University alumnus Robert Urich among them -- to perform there.

Reynolds ran the theater until 1989, but it remained in operation until financial problems forced its closure in 1996. 

Reynolds also owned a 160-acre ranch in nearby Jupiter Farms, where he married "WKRP in Cincinnati" actress Loni Anderson in 1988. 

The ranch also served as a location in his short-lived ABC series, "B.L. Stryker."


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