And perhaps due in part to Reynolds’ enduring fame, tributes poured in after news of his death had broken. Dolly Parton, who had starred with Reynolds in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, made some particularly touching comments honoring the late actor. “I know we will always remember [Reynolds’] funny laugh, that mischievous sparkle in his eyes and his quirky sense of humor,” she wrote. “You will always be my favorite sheriff. Rest in peace, my little buddy. I will always love you.”
Movie director Kevin Smith also wrote in praise of Reynolds on Twitter. “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,” Smith said. “He was a true American icon. Hate to see him go…”
However, one Reynolds tribute was particularly noteworthy. It came from Sally Field, who had been his partner for five years in the late ’70s and early ’80s. During that time, the pair had worked together on four movies: Smokey and the Bandit, Smokey and the Bandit II, The End and Hopper.