Beloved actor Burt Reynolds who started a Toledo tradition, dies at 82

Beloved actor Burt Reynolds who started a Toledo tradition, dies at 82
(Source: WTOL)
(Source: WTOL)

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - Iconic actor Burt Reynolds died of cardiac arrest Thursday morning at age 82 at Jupiter Medical Center Florida.

Majority of the world knows him for his charming roles in movies like "Smokey and the Bandit," "The Cannonball Run," "The Longest Yard," and "Boogie Nights."

But here in the Glass City, Reynolds is known for a little bit more.

Back in 1972, Reynolds was in Toledo starring in a production of "The Rainmaker." That's when Nancy Packo Horvath, former co-owner of Tony Packo's, asked the actor to stop by the restaurant.

During his visit, Nancy asked Reynolds for his autograph.

Rather than signing a piece of paper, Reynolds picked up a hot dog bun and signed that instead, thus birthing the tradition of "bun signing."

Since then, there have been hundreds of Packo Buns (foam replicas of the actual bun) signed by by numerous musicians, actors, former US presidents and astronauts.

There are some buns that have even been signed by some of WTOL 11's very own.

Reynolds was a big fan of Tony Packo's and made sure to visit the restaurant whenever he was in Toledo.

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