References to Smokey and the Bandit or Burt Reynolds also appear in (at least) Clerks (where one of the Smokey and the Bandit movies can be seen prominently on a video store shelf) and Dogma (in which the homeowner's name in the house Azrael takes over is "Mrs. Reynolds", confirmed to be a Burt Reynolds gag in the film's commentary track).
Though Reynolds was the movie industry's highest-grossing actor between 1978 and 1982, his star dimmed throughout the decade after a string of sequels, box office flops, and a few personal issues related to his flamboyant lifestyle.
Burt Reynolds helped promote the auction of the promo vehicle, which came with a batch of memorabilia.
The star died on Thursday morning at Jupiter Medical Center in Florida, his manager, Erik Kritzer, told The Hollywood Reporter.
A cause of death has not yet been released.
The moustachioed actor had undergone heart bypass surgery in 2010.
One of America's most prominent sex symbols, he was known for posing nude in Cosmopolitan magazine in 1972. Though the actor lost the Oscar that year to Robin Williams, he did win a Golden Globe for the role. Known for his easy grin and handsome looks, his movie work took a leap with 1971's Deliverance, with the controversial drama rocketing him to a period of major stardom in the 1970s and "80s".
Reynolds made an acting resurgence in recent years, appearing in numerous films and TV shows.
Reynolds had recently been announced as playing a part in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and has Defining Moments coming out later this year.
Turning his attention to acting, he made the move to NY, struggling to find work for several years until landing a role on stage alongside Charlton Heston in Mr. Roberts in 1956. In 1988, he married actress Loni Anderson, but that also ended bitterly in 1993.