Emergency services then confirmed an ambulance had been sent to Reynolds' home.
During his career, he would also become known as much for the hit movies he racked up as the big roles he turned down.
A large part of his appeal, particularly in the films he did with Hal Needham, was the sheer amount of fun he appeared to be having at all times.
His love life also drew headlines after a high-profile divorce to actress Loni Anderson preceded Reynolds bankruptcy filing in 1996, amid a budding romance with actor Sally Field. "You can only lie and say I wouldn't do things differently".
He solidified his position as a rising film star with 1974 prison football drama The Longest Yard.
He had one son, Quinton Anderson Reynolds.
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Reynolds made his directing debut with 1976 action film Gator and 1978's black comedy The End.
Along the way he turned down such potentially career-making roles as the ex-astronaut in Terms of Endearment, for which Jack Nicholson won an Oscar. He told Vanity Fair that he had "certain regrets and issues I've lived with".
Reynolds said in a 2016 interview that the split was his fault and called it his "biggest disappointment".
Reynolds was born February 11, 1936, in Lansing, Michigan, and moved to Riviera, Florida, where his war-hero father Milo was the chief of police. He was a fine athlete and played American football at Florida State University in the 1950s before his professional American football hopes were dashed by injuries suffered in a auto crash.
After the loss to N.C. State, Reynolds gave up the game and began his acting career. In fact, the role of the former Astronaut in Terms of Endearment was specifically written for Reynolds but he passed it over to do the race vehicle film, Stroker Ace.
Turning his attention to acting, he made the move to NY, struggling to find work for several years until landing a role on stage alongside Charlton Heston in Mr. Roberts in 1956.
He followed it up with one success after another, in box office hits The Longest Yard Smokey and the Bandit, Hooper, The Cannonball Run and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.