Burt Reynolds retired in Hollywood Cemetery over two years after his demise
Late Hollywood legend Burt Reynolds was finally retired over two years after his death. The Associated Press reports that a small private memorial service was held Thursday morning at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, attended by relatives via Zoom. On the day that would have been his 85th birthday, Reynolds’ cremated ashes were placed in a tomb next to a lake that now serves as a final resting place.
At the time, Burt’s grave site is marked with a simple headstone that swings his name. Mourners have also adorned the grave with flowers, a wreath, and even a model of the Trans Am by Smokey and the Bandit. The tombstone is temporary as Hollywood Forever President and co-owner Tyler Cassity says a bronze or stone bust of the legendary actor is being commissioned in hopes of opening it to the public in September on the third anniversary of his death .
After rising to great fame with his early career roles in Gunsmoke and Deliverance, Reynolds became one of Hollywood’s most popular actors for decades. He is well known for some classic hits like White Lightning, The Longest Yard, The Cannonball Run and Smokey and the Bandit. He won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor for his role in the TV series Evening Shade and the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal as pornographer Jack Horner in Boogie Nights.
Reynolds died of a heart attack in Florida on September 6, 2018, at the age of 82. Soon after, his ex-wife Loni Anderson and their son Quinton held a private memorial service for Reynolds. The actor’s body was then cremated with his ashes given to his niece Nancy Hess, who serves as the overseer of his estate. It’s not clear why it took Burt’s graveyard more than two years to be erected in the cemetery, as the family was publicly quite private throughout the process.
“My uncle wasn’t just a movie icon, he was a generous, passionate, and empathetic man who was devoted to his family, friends, fans, and acting students,” Hess said in a statement at the time of Burt’s death.
“He had health problems, but this was totally unexpected. He was tough. Anyone who breaks their tailbone on a river and finishes the film is tough. And that’s exactly what he was. My uncle was looking forward to working with Quentin Tarantino (in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) and the amazing cast that was put together. “
There is no doubt that Reynolds is one of Hollywood’s greatest actors of all time and will be in good company at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. He was buried near the grave of actor Tyrone Power, and the cemetery also serves as the final resting place for other legends such as Judy Garland, Cecil B. DeMille, Mel Blanc, Anton Yelchin, Estelle Getty and George Harrison. The graves of late rockers Johnny Ramone and Chris Cornell are also directly across from Reynolds.
Of course, Hollywood Forever Cemetery is a very fitting place for Reynolds. Rest in peace. That news comes from The Associated Press.