Longtime actor Burt Reynolds passed away earlier today (Thurs. September 6, 2018) at the age of 82.
Reynolds was loosely affiliated with WWE. He served as the special guest ring announcer for WrestleMania 10’s main event between Bret Hart and Yokozuna for the WWE Title in 1994. He also starred in the film “The Longest Yard” along with several notable WWE figures such as Kevin Nash, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Goldberg and The Great Khali.
WWE released this official statement on Reynolds’ passing:
“WWE is saddened to learn that Academy Award-nominated actor and Hollywood icon Burt Reynolds has passed away at the age of 82.
“The star of more than 50 feature films, including “The Longest Yard,” “Smokey and the Bandit,” “The Cannonball Run” and “Boogie Nights” (for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor), Reynolds was a special celebrity guest at WrestleMania X, serving as ring announcer for the main event WWE Championship Match pitting Bret Hart against Yokozuna.
“WWE extends its condolences to Reynolds’ family, friends and fans.”