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Burt Reynolds Is Eastbound and Down

Burt Reynolds has regrets, but he’s still smiling as ‘Last Movie Star’ “The river has much to with my life, my career — you just keep going on,” says Reynolds. “It’s going to try and drown you and beat the hell out of you and do everything else. But you just keep going on.” Then Reynolds gets that familiar twinkle in his eyes, adding, “And maybe there’s a rock ahead that’™s going to hit you.”

So long, Burt. See you a little further down the road.

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  • D S Craft September 6, 2018, 3:14 PM

    Sigh. Another hole in the fabric of my life. Things are wearin’ thin.

  • Sam L. September 6, 2018, 3:30 PM

    Pedal to the metal, Burt!

  • Eskyman September 6, 2018, 3:53 PM

    When my son was little, I just about wore out the VHS tapes of Smokey & the Bandit I & II & the Cannonball Run movies. He couldn’t get enough of them. There were so many more, all a lot of fun.

    Rest in peace, Burt. You spread a lot of enjoyment my way, and I sure miss the kind of movies you used to make so very well.

  • steve walsh September 6, 2018, 4:40 PM

    A man’s man, in the movies at least. His movies were required watching in my youth, loved them all.

  • Skorpion September 6, 2018, 6:00 PM

    Underrated actor. This film, and BOOGIE NIGHTS a quarter-century later, were his best work; he got robbed of a Best Supporting Oscar for the latter.
    Rest in peace, Burt.

  • ghostsniper September 6, 2018, 7:23 PM

    “Comanche’s is soft”
    –Quint Asper, 1964

  • ghostsniper September 6, 2018, 7:35 PM

    From Remus:
    “Relax, all is well.
    I have not gone gently into that good night.
    A new Woodpile Report follows PC replacement post haste
    or double your money back.”

    shwew
    As Tom Petty said, “The Waiting Is The Hardest Part”.

  • leonard September 6, 2018, 7:54 PM

    least burt never bashed America or told us what to eat, how to think or what kinda car we should be ” allowed to drive

  • Monty James September 6, 2018, 7:55 PM

    When he came up, manliness was still a criterion for being cast in a male role. “Boogie Nights” was a magnificent comeback, intense and difficult to take lightly. He very much did deserve an Oscar for that.

    Ghost, you beat me to it. I’m relieved that Remus is still kicking. And forgive me for not responding in an earlier post; Eric Braeden was great in Rat Patrol. That and Twelve O’Clock High were two of my favorite shows in my long gwine away childhood in the nineteen sixties. I catch those on YouTube every now and again.

  • Nori September 6, 2018, 9:45 PM

    You guys are all spot on,Reynolds had the quiet manliness that never needs to shout it out,it simply is.
    Couple that with his wondrous sense of humor,yeegads. I remember him strolling out on Johnny Carson, wearing a slim fitting leather suit, sleek and gorgeous. Carson called him out on his Jim Morrison-ish leather duds and they traded barbs till Carson produced a can of whipped cream,which they took turns squirting on each other,ending up with Burt pointing the nozzle down Johnny’s pants. They were both at the height of their fame, and it was so off the wall,laugh till your nose runs stuff.
    And yes, his Boogie Nights performance was solid gold.
    Rest In Peace,Burt.

    Thanks,Ghost,for your Remus update,much appreciated.

  • ghostsniper September 7, 2018, 3:38 AM

    OK, I guess I’m gonna hafta look up this Boogie Nights and see what all the fuss is about.
    I watched about 10 mins of the front end way back when but wasn’t particularly smitten with the subject matter and could never stand that Marky Mark, so I cut it loose. I’ll give it another go – for Quints sake.

    BTW, if I’m not mistaken Burt and Loni had a kid and they named him Quinton, and Burt’s name on Gunsmoke was Quint. Funny, no?

  • Phillipa Crawford September 7, 2018, 5:07 AM

    Glad to see others remember Quint on Gunsmoke. ghostsniper, I figured he named his son for the character. It was the role that really got him started, wasn’t it?

    That laugh.

  • Jeff Brokaw September 7, 2018, 7:01 AM

    His movies, because of him mostly, were always so good. Entertaining. Fun, and funny.

    One of the biggest names in Hollywood for a decade or two, and I remember him and that whole era fondly for the sheer enjoyment of seeing him onscreen, he was hilarious and magnetic and such a natural entertainer.

    Truly a once in a lifetime kind of guy.

    One by one my heroes and icons are dying off …

  • BarbaCat September 7, 2018, 8:04 AM

    Burt was just flat beautiful!

  • ghostsniper September 7, 2018, 9:43 AM

    @Phillipa, the early Gunsmokes are my favorites. Quint came along for a brief period when it was transitioning from Chester to Festus. We buy the Gunsmoke DVD’s when they become available and they have released season 13 recently. 7 more seasons to go. The TV show started out in 1955, my birth year, as 1/2 hour shows in black and white. Eventually they migrated into color and then into full hour shows. My opinion is they should have stayed at 1/2 hour shows cause the 1 hour shows seem to be mostly 1/2 hour shows with a lot of boring fluff. Maybe they’ll get better. Look up the episode “Comanche’s is Soft”, it shows Quint and Festus are their finest. BTW. Festus was one of the original “Sons of the Pioneers”. How many people remember that ensemble?

  • ghostsniper September 7, 2018, 9:49 AM

    Also, before the Gunsmoke TV show it was a radio show with 473 1/2 hour episodes starting in 1952 and ending in 1961. I like listening to them, very soothing. Have listened to almost 200 so far. Matt Dillon was played by William Conrad, remember that guy? He was more violent than James Arness. The Gunsmoke radio programs are available in MP3 format for free download on archive.org . Try one on and see what evening life was like back the early 50’s. Oh yeah, they have advertiser commercials PSA’s in them – sometimes the best part. Chesterfield cigarettes….

  • Vanderleun September 7, 2018, 10:01 AM

    I loved Chesterfields for about a year once.

  • Snakepit Kansas September 7, 2018, 5:39 PM

    I liked Philip Morris Commandos for about 30 seconds once. Holy shit that was intense. Not sure my lungs ever recovered.

  • Snakepit Kansas September 7, 2018, 5:47 PM

    Deliverance. I was hustling for money always as a teen and my sister couldn’t babysit one time, so I volunteered to watch a couple kids. The parents had the extreme luxury of CABLE TV!!! Kids went to bed and I watched Deliverance at about 15 or 16 years old. Shamelessly and knowing not what to expect, I will tell you it scared the BeJesus out of me!!! Hell, I’m 15 and an R rated movie comes on cable….I’m hoping to see some titties, but get gay sex rape and horror! Read the book later but the director did a hell of a job on the movie.

  • Brendan September 8, 2018, 9:36 AM

    The basis of that film was factual: Coors was not available east of the Mississippi at the time because it was not pasteurized and had no preservatives. The trailer appears to have a refrigeration unit on the front, visible at 2:11 and 2:34. The stagecoach on the side of it fit the theme perfectly.

  • ghostsniper September 8, 2018, 10:27 AM

    “…it scared the BeJesus out of me!!!”

    Exorcist did that to me and my friends.
    The common answer when asked if the theater was crowded: “No, there were only 2 people under my seat.”

    The priest was murmuring in tongues, the bed was rockin’, Reagan was writhing, the wind was blowin like a hurricane and howling, the curtains were flying, and suddenly she sat upright and her head turned 360 degrees and the internal demon growled and spat a giant gob of greenish goo at the priest. It was at that very moment when all attendee’s bowels were violently evacuated in unison, and people screamed to the exists.