Family, Friends Bid Film Star Burt Reynolds Farewell at Private Florida Funeral

March 21, 2018; Beverly Hills, CA, USA; Burt Reynolds poses for a portrait to promote his movie “The Last Movie Star.” Photographed at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. Mandatory Credit: Dan MacMedan-USA TODAY ORG XMIT: V2P-1803221014120635 ORIG FILE ID: 20180906_ajw_usa_078.jpg
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Burt Reynolds was laid to rest in Florida Wednesday, two weeks after the actor died of cardiac arrest on Sept. 6 at the age of 82.

The Palm Beach Post and Us Weekly reported that a private funeral for the “Smokey and the Bandit” star was held at the Family Church in West Palm Beach.

Sally Field, his “Smokey and the Bandit” co-star and former girlfriend who described him as insecure and controlling in her new memoir, attended the service, both outlets reported.

Us Weekly, which obtained a copy of the program, reported that Todd Vittum, who co-starred with Reynolds in 2017’s “The Last Movie Star” gave the eulogy. His longtime friend Mo Mustaine also spoke.

Other showbiz participants included “Smokey and the Bandit II” cast member Patrick Moody, who read a prayer, and Broadway veteran Avery Sommers, who sang “Amazing Grace.”

The service also featured a performance by Cooper Getschal, who studied under the Oscar nominee at the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre.

USA TODAY has reached out to Reynolds’ former manager for comment.

SOURCE: USA Today – Jayme Deerwester