Ariel Winter remembers ‘legend’ Burt Reynolds from their time working on ‘The Last Movie Star’

Ariel Winter is remembering her late co-star and friend, Burt Reynolds

The 20-year-old actress co-starred with Reynolds in the 2017 film The Last Movie Star, and the two formed a close bond on the set. 

After news of Reynolds’ passing was announced on Thursday, Winter took to Instagram to share a series of photos of herself with her co-star. 

“The world lost a legend today,” she wrote. “Not only on screen, but also in life. Burt Reynolds was an incredible man to everyone he encountered, and I am deeply grateful that I got to spend time with him in the way that I did.” 

Winter continued heaping praise on the veteran actor, adding, “They don’t make them like him anymore — he truly was the last movie star. Burt was a kind, loving soul that could brighten your day with just a smile, and always cared to make sure he asked how your day was going or just cheer you up with a charming compliment.”

She ended the message on an uplifting note, writing, “While today was a sad day, Burt lived an incredibly full life and while he’s not longer here physically, he is always in our hearts and minds. Will love and miss you always Burt.” 

Reynolds died of a heart attack on Thursday at the age of 82. His family was by his side. 

Prior to his death, the Modern Family actress opened up to ET about working with Reynolds in April 2017 at the Tribeca Film Festival. 

“Obviously I was nervous to be working with such a legend like Burt Reynolds,” Winter told ET at the time. “I mean he really is the most amazing man. He’s so wonderfully sweet and just incredibly talented actor, and just really the nicest person.” 

Following his passing, stars from all over posted tributes to the actor, including his legendary co-stars Sally Field and Dolly Parton. 

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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. My thoughts are with his family.
I met Burt Reynolds once in a video store in the 90s before he did “Boogie Nights.” He was by himself and no one seemed to notice him. I said, “I just want to thank you for many hours of entertainment.” He smiled so big and shook my hand and said, “You made my day. Thank you.”
Sad to hear of the passing of legend, Burt Reynolds.
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Burt Reynolds has died at 82 years old.
Worked with him doing some voiceover work for Brawny paper towels years ago.
Very, very funny guy.
Didn’t get any bigger than Burt Reynolds in the 1970s.
Total Hollywood legend.
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The world lost a legend today. Not only on screen, but also in life. Burt Reynolds was an incredible man to everyone he encountered, and I am deeply grateful that I got to spend time with him in the way that I did. They don’t make them like him anymore— he truly was the last movie star. Burt was a kind, loving soul that could brighten your day with just a smile, and always cared to make sure he asked how your day was going or just cheer you up with a charming compliment. While today is a sad day, Burt lived an incredibly full life and while he’s no longer here physically, he is always in our hearts and minds. Will love and miss you always Burt.
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