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Burt Reynolds, RIP

Martin County, Florida — Burt Reynolds, the charismatic star of such films as “Deliverance,” “The Longest Yard” and “Smokey and the Bandit” died Sept. 6 of heart failure at his home here. He was 82.

MSTies will recall that he was mentioned in host segments in episode 502- HERCULES and 514- TEENAGE STRANGLER.

The Hollywood Reporter has the story.

Thanks to our Twitter buddy @RexDartEskimoPi for reminding me of the references.

20 Replies to “Burt Reynolds, RIP”

  1. The Original EricJ
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    And while we’re throwing out recent celebrity obits, an overlooked one for Bill Daily (age 91) on Sept. 4, whose “Bob Newhart” Howard Borden character was imitated in a few running riffs, including ep. 420 – “The Human Duplicators”.

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  2. Prez Gar
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    I should probably binge watch some of his movies tomorrow. Smokey and the Bandit 1 & 2, Cannonball Run 1 & 2, Stroker Ace. Dukes of hazard if there’s time.

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  3. Sampo
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    Prez Gar:
    I should probably binge watch some of his movies tomorrow. Smokey and the Bandit 1 & 2, Cannonball Run 1 & 2, Stroker Ace. Dukes of hazard if there’s time.

    Let me suggest “The End,” $4 on prime. Hilarious but a little dated.

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  4. Mr. Krasker
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    There’s something endearing about someone who lives out the last part of their life wearing rose-colored glasses.

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  5. The Original EricJ
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    Prez Gar:
    I should probably binge watch some of his movies tomorrow. Smokey and the Bandit 1 & 2, Cannonball Run 1 & 2, Stroker Ace. Dukes of hazard if there’s time.

    You might want to watch ONE of them before deciding to “binge” like the Young Kids do.
    Braver men than you have said “I’m going to watch both Cannonball Run movies, and go on to Stroker Ace!”

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  6. touches no one's life, then leaves
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    Prez Gar:
    I should probably binge watch some of his movies tomorrow. Smokey and the Bandit 1 & 2, Cannonball Run 1 & 2, Stroker Ace. Dukes of hazard if there’s time.

    Well, he was more than just that. Hooper. City Heat. Paternity. Malone.

    And, of course, Deliverance.

    This link, however, is about him being, in fact, just that.

    https://www.agonybooth.com/tribute-to-burt-reynolds-hal-needham-part-1-11232

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  7. The Original EricJ:
    And while we’re throwing out recent celebrity obits, an overlooked one for Bill Daily (age 91) on Sept. 4, whose “Bob Newhart” Howard Borden character was imitated in a few running riffs, including ep. 420 – “The Human Duplicators”.

    Thanks so much for that, Eric — somehow completely missed it (Howard Borden was one of my wife and my favorites’s — I still think the time the crowd were being robbed and standing with the backs to the room and hands over their head when he rushed in and thought they were holding up the wall and came to help… well, classic, classic moment). R.I.P. you crazy navigator, you.

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  8. Prez Gar
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    touches no one’s life, then leaves: Well, he was more than just that. Hooper. City Heat. Paternity. Malone.

    And, of course, Deliverance.

    This link, however, is about him being, in fact, just that.

    https://www.agonybooth.com/tribute-to-burt-reynolds-hal-needham-part-1-11232

    I was going with the movies I actually have in my personal video library. Not ones Id have to seek out elsewhere.

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  9. Find a copy of “Starting Over.”

    Watch it with someone who makes you feel squishy.

    See what this guy could do when he felt like it. Sigh.

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  10. Kenneth Morgan
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    Sampo: Let me suggest “The End,” $4 on prime. Hilarious but a little dated.

    I agree on “The End”; very funny black comedy, especially the sequence where he’s trying to negotiate with God.

    I’d also suggest the original “The Longest Yard”, then go to YouTube for one of his appearances on “The Tonight Show” with Carson.

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  11. Cornjob
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    I loved Hooper as a kid, and City Heat as an adolescent. I watched Deliverance mostly to be familiar with the cultural touchstone and was happily surprised that the infamous “squeal like a pig” scene is mercifully brief and not a 40 minute long I Spit on your Grave style ordeal.

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  12. By sheer coincidence, flipping channels, I caught a Twilight Zone called “The Bard.”
    It contains the following clip, captured on YouTube: “Burt Reynolds Brando impersonator: Burt imita a Brando”
    Won’t even ATTEMPT to describe what you’re going to see, but Brando never forgave him. Check out another Youtube clip, “Marlon Brando rips Burt Reynolds (from Apocalypse Now set)”

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  13. IIRC, the rumor was that Reynolds was DESPERATE to play Sonny in “The Godfather” but due to that riff with Brando, Brando wouldn’t let him (so they ended up with James Caan — who was fine, but I thought Reynolds could have done equally well, and it might have changed his whole career).

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  14. Dr. Batch
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    Burt Reynolds was also mentioned in a host segment in “Werewolf”. Who do you want in your werewolf movie? Burt’s brother, Tim Reynolds.

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  15. The Original EricJ
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    peteplumsdriverslicense:
    By sheer coincidence, flipping channels, I caught a Twilight Zone called “The Bard.”
    It contains the following clip, captured on YouTube: “Burt Reynolds Brando impersonator: Burt imita a Brando”
    Won’t even ATTEMPT to describe what you’re going to see, but Brando never forgave him. Check out another Youtube clip, “Marlon Brando rips Burt Reynolds (from Apocalypse Now set)”

    Digging up the missing link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VY2OE6vBxQM

    Rod Serling trying to do “funny” TZ was always unfortunate, and this was his pissy-pants “satire” at what network censors had done to his Playhouse 90 dramas (Shakespeare comes back to life and tries rewriting Hamlet for 50’s live-TV), but this was still brought up only second-most frequently to Deliverance as “Examples of early good Burt performances, before he started tossing back Coorskis with Hal Needham.”

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  16. Kenneth Morgan
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    peteplumsdriverslicense:
    By sheer coincidence, flipping channels, I caught a Twilight Zone called “The Bard.”
    It contains the following clip, captured on YouTube: “Burt Reynolds Brando impersonator: Burt imita a Brando”
    Won’t even ATTEMPT to describe what you’re going to see, but Brando never forgave him. Check out another Youtube clip, “Marlon Brando rips Burt Reynolds (from Apocalypse Now set)”

    I saw that one, too. He was very funny as certainly-not-Brando. And, earlier that night, Antenna TV had on a “Tonight Show” from 1974, with hilarious segments with Dom DeLuise and Reynolds.

    Oh, and AMC theaters will be showing “Smokey and the Bandit” for a week starting this Thursday, I believe.

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  17. Kenneth Morgan
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    Mike “ex-genius” Kelley:
    IIRC, the rumor was that Reynolds was DESPERATE to play Sonny in “The Godfather” but due to that riff with Brando, Brando wouldn’t let him (so they ended up with James Caan — who was fine, but I thought Reynolds could have done equally well, and it might have changed his whole career).

    I understand Reynolds was also considered for the role of Han Solo. That’s an interesting “what if…”.

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  18. littleaimishboy
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    peteplumsdriverslicense:
    By sheer coincidence, flipping channels, I caught a Twilight Zone called “The Bard.”
    It contains the following clip, captured on YouTube: “Burt Reynolds Brando impersonator: Burt imita a Brando”
    Won’t even ATTEMPT to describe what you’re going to see, but Brando never forgave him. Check out another Youtube clip, “Marlon Brando rips Burt Reynolds (from Apocalypse Now set)”

    Fantastic impression of Brando.

    As to MB’s response . . . his most coherent slam on Reynolds is that “he worships at the temple of his own narcissism”. > Marlon Brando < said that about somebody. Dude . . . there are no words.

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  19. mst3kme
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    Kenneth Morgan:

    Reynolds was also considered for “Superman.” He turned down the role.

    Richard Donner later made the case that audiences wouldn’t believe someone famous flying.

    Kenneth Morgan: I understand Reynolds was also considered for the role of Han Solo.That’s an interesting “what if…”.

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  20. thunderclancat
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    One of his earlier film that I like is White Lightning wherein Reynolds plays, Gator a bootlegger recruited by the Feds to take on a corrupt sheriff played by Ned Beatty, who killed Gator’s baby brother. Reynolds brings a solid intensity to the role and, IMHO, this film is much better than the sequel Gator.

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