Movie Star Burt Reynolds has passed away. The star of Smokey and the Bandit was 82. Reynolds was one of the more beloved movie stars in the 70s and 80s and still occasionally gave us a stellar performance in the years that followed.
Reynolds films were often fun to watch and pure entertainment. He got his breakout in the 1972 film Deliverance. He spent a lot of time behind the wheel of a car in films like Smokey and the Bandit, Stroker Ace and The Cannonball Run. All three were directed by his friend Hal Needham He got an Oscar nomination in the late 90s for his performance in Boogie Nights where he notoriously fought with director Paul Thomas Anderson. Reynolds has admitted himself that he didn’t take risky parts very often and he was never exactly a critical darling. He turned down several high profile roles including John McClane in Die Hard. Han Solo and he turned down the role in Terms of Endearment that won Jack Nicholson an Oscar. Still, his films made lots of money without critical approval. Smokey and the Bandit was the highest grossing movie of 1977 after Star Wars and it spawned two sequels.
A lot of his films could be considered iffy to say the least. Cop and a Half and The Dukes of Hazard aren’t the best, but Reynolds always seemed to be having fun. He was said to be involved in Quentin Taratino’s new film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and it isn’t said if he completed his work on the movie or not.
What is your favorite Burt Reynolds movie?