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    Burt Reynolds (The Bandit) Has Passed

    I just heard the news that actor Burt Reynolds has passed.

    The year was 1977 when I went to a drive-in theater for the very first time. Prior to this, I can't remember seeing a movie in the theater. The pre-teen me had no idea what that Summer night in rural Louden, Tennessee would hold. We were visiting my grandparents and my Dad wanted to take the family out for a movie.

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    I had not heard of Smoky and the Bandit since I spent much of my time outside riding my bike with friends. However, that film with Burt driving that supped-up Trans Am lit my fire for movies. Sally Fields certainly didn't hurt.

    One thing that can be said for Reynolds is that most of his films were a lot of fun to watch. The Bandit starred in two additional films. After this Burt's roles in Stroker Ace, The Man Who Loved Women, Cannonball Run I & II, Deliverance, The Longest Yard, and Boogie Nights and others show that he was in the business for a good time.

    I say this because he is quoted as writing in his 2015 memoir, "I didn't open myself to new writers or risky parts because I wasn't interested in challenging myself as an actor. I was interested in having a good time". It certainly looked like he was having fun no matter what part he played.

    The Internet Movie Database has the entire list of Reynold's acting accomplishments. Check it out. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000608/?ref_=tt_cl_t1

    Burt passed earlier today. He was 82.

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    Definitely a movie star and he loved the ladies. I bet he had A LOT of good times!
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    RIP to a very talented actor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Vaughn View Post
    Definitely a movie star and he loved the ladies. I bet he had A LOT of good times!
    No doubt he did.

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    To be honest, I found his movies and careerrs uneven. In the beginning, for every good movie he made, I thought he made a stinker. There were too many Cannonball Runs and rhier sequels.

    As his career matured, his roles didn’t. But I loved Semi Tough among others.

    for his own opinion on his career, see his almost bio in The Last Movie Star.
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    He was great in Boogie Nights, but I think he was more interested in getting laid than making good films.
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    With Heather Graham In the movie I would feel the same way
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    I never said his roles were award-winning or most of the movies he was in for that matter. He did what he did best........."show off" (< from Smoky & the Bandit).

    Most of his films I would put into the Summer feel-good genre. Maybe a bit like The Lone Ranger.

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    R.I.P. for sure, though I agree with Barry. Burt being in a film was not a hallmark of quality. Can't blame the guy for having fun, and putting career 2nd, and it sure seems like he did.

    One odd thing that has popped up in the wake of his death was the fact that he "hated" working on Boogie Nights, never saw it, and fired the agent who got it for him.

    Pretty strange, since most agree it's his best performance.

    He was amazing in Deliverance, and since I went back and watched that well after I had seen other films of his, most which I thought were cheesy and silly (Cannonball, Smokey, Hooper, ummmmm, Cop and a Half etc.) I was surprised by the rawness of his portrayal. He definitely did not seem like some big movie star, he really felt natural into the role. (And no mustache probably helped.)
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    Brandon, i agree. He would establish himself in a great role and then it would all get cheesy
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