Burt Reynolds Is The Comeback Kid

Burt Reynolds, who reigned as Hollywood’s box-office champ in the late 1970s and early ’80s in movies such as “Smokey and the Bandit” and “The Cannonball Run,” died Thursday at age 82.

Below is a Los Angeles Times story that originally published on Jan. 4, 1987, and detailed changes to the actor’s career and personal life during that decade.

This isn’t the good ol’ Burt Reynolds that we have come to know and love. Yes, he looks like the same starkly handsome, wisecracking Reynolds — but there’s an unusual hunger about him.

He has paraded his problems, medical and otherwise, on TV talk shows with a candor that is unusual for a star of his magnitude. And his career as a movie star is in some kind of chaos.

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