Catching Up With Burt Reynolds

Burt Reynolds doesn't command attention like he did in the 60's and 70's, but the "Smokey and the Bandit" star is still a box office draw.

For six straight years, Burt Reynolds was the number one male box office draw. No one has ever come close.

He did Smoky and the Bandit, Deliverance, Cannon Ball Run. He was even nominated for an academy award playing a pornographer in Boogie Nights. But he promises not to be one of **those*** guys who hang around just for the fame.

"I'm not interested in the fading years of my career doing something that would erase Deliverance or starting over...The Longest Yard. I'm proud of those."

But don't take that as a retirement. At 73, the man commonly known as Buddy is still making pictures... And he's quick to point out that while he's doing that, most of his friends are either dead or using a walker.

"I'm older than dirt so I can say that."

Next up, a movie called Not Another, Not Another movie. And it's exactly what you think it is, Burt plays an actor that ironically, refuses to hang it up.

"This is a guy that studied humility with George Hamilton. He's not, he's very much about himself. I love George, but he's about himself."

Hollywood made him famous, but Tallahassee made him a star.

"Do you still get those goose bumps when you land in Tallahassee?"
"Every time...I try to get a little red clay on my shoes."

And no matter where he goes, red clay or not, he's always reminded that while he does love FSU, maybe he came a few years too late."

"I always used to hear, you went to a girls school. I did go to a girls school, but not in time. They switched it to co-eds before I got here."


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  • by Tisha Location: the Heartland on Jul 21, 2009 at 04:21 PM
    Burt IS, always will be, The Man. The Original. All others since have been mere imitation. Age cannot wither nor custom stale his infinite variety.
  • by s Location: tallahassee on Jul 21, 2009 at 12:42 PM
    Peggy-shut up.
  • by Angel on Jul 21, 2009 at 07:21 AM
    I love Burt...I think everyone does or at least did at some point. Good to see him again.
  • by Peggy Location: Tallahassee on Jul 21, 2009 at 07:16 AM
    Burt has never been the "man".
  • by beachgirl Location: Tally on Jul 21, 2009 at 06:17 AM
    Tina......be nice, that is young.
  • by Tally Location: Tallahassee on Jul 21, 2009 at 04:32 AM
    Burt is still the man! Just cause he is old dosent mean he still isnt funny as h#ll. Dont we all get old????
  • by tina Location: leon on Jul 20, 2009 at 06:12 PM
    dang is he still alive?
  • by Anonymous Location: los angeles on Jul 20, 2009 at 04:41 PM
    Burt Reynolds still gets my attention almost everyday. I have him as the voice on my GPS. He's so funny on it. It's the real him and it sounds like he had a lot of fun. I got the voice and others (Mr. T, Dennis Hopper...) from a site called Navtones (I think). Anyway, Reynolds is a legend. Thanks for the read, I enjoyed it. If you like Reynolds I honestly recommend the navtones.com thing. The Man, The Myth, Legend. Love it!
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