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The Burt Reynolds Celebrity Tributes Include Sally Field, Vanilla Ice, Sly Stallone, and Corey Feldman

September 7, 2018

As the news of Burt Reynolds' death started getting out, the celebrity tributes started pouring in. His ex-girlfriend Sally Field said, quote, "There are times in your life that are so indelible, they never fade away.  They stay alive, even 40 years later. My years with Burt never leave my mind. He will be in my history and my heart, for as long as I live.  Rest, Buddy."

Burt has repeatedly said that Sally was "the love of his life."  They started dating when they did "Smokey and the Bandit" in 1977, and stayed together for about five years.  Burt thought she was "the one that got away." Earlier this year, he was on the "Today" show and said, quote, "Well, she was 7 when I fell in love with her.  She stayed 7 for about 11 years." He later explained that he didn't say '7,' he said '37.' But no, he did say 7.

He might have been slipping at that point.  He didn't know Sally when she was seven, and by the time she was 37, they were splitting up. So who knows. Here are the some other highlights:

Arnold Schwarzenegger:  "Burt Reynolds was one of my heroes.  He was a trailblazer.  He showed the way to transition from being an athlete to being the highest paid actor, and he always inspired me.  He also had a great sense of humor, check out his 'Tonight Show' clips."

Steve Harvey:  "He was a great actor, a philanthropist, and a pioneer of the cool mustache.  Thank you, Burt."

Kristy Swanson:  "Burt, I cannot stop my tears right now.  You were one of the greatest guys I ever worked with, you had my back.  I'm grateful we got some time together last year [to] laugh about the old days."

Patton Oswalt:  "Burt Reynolds and Clint Eastwood were fired from 'Gunsmoke' and 'Rawhide' at the same time.  Burt was told he couldn't act . . . and Clint was told his neck was too skinny.  In the parking lot, Burt said to Clint, 'I dunno what you're gonna do, but I'm gonna take acting lessons."

Kevin Smith:  "As THE movie star of my childhood, the Bandit stole our hearts for decades.  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.  He was true American icon.  Hate to see him go."

Ricky Gervais:  "R.I.P. Burt Reynolds.  Seems his whole career was tongue in cheek.  Always warm and funny."

Vanilla Ice:  "What a traumatic week.  My good friend Bert Reynolds has passed away.  Feeling super emotional right now.  Long live the Legend."  (He spelled his good friend Burt's name wrong.  It's B-U-R-T.)

Sylvester Stallone:  "A sad day. I remember him back in 1979, he always reminded me that I should've cast him as Colonel Trautman in 'First Blood'. I said that's impossible, because you're too expensive and too famous, and probably tougher than Rambo! He laughed. He had a great sense of humor and I enjoyed his company so much."

And Corey Feldman said he never met Burt, but Burt's movies helped him get through his "troubled childhood."  (I feel for Corey, but this guy can't call an Uber without dredging up memories of his tortured youth.)