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So long, Bandit: FilmWeek remembers Hollywood icon Burt Reynolds




Burt Reynolds was among the biggest movie stars of the 1970s thanks to performances like those in Deliverance, Smokey and the Bandit and The Longest Yard
Burt Reynolds was among the biggest movie stars of the 1970s thanks to performances like those in Deliverance, Smokey and the Bandit and The Longest Yard
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Burt Reynolds, the charismatic superstar of the 70’s and 80’s, died on Thursday.

Reynolds was known for his iconic roles in films like “Deliverance,” “The Longest Yard,” “Smokey and the Bandit,” and “Boogie Nights,” but got his start in television on shows like “Gunsmoke” and “Hawk” in the 1960s. He often portrayed the rugged action hero, sometimes even doing his own stunts, and when he wasn’t racing fast cars or finishing fist fights, Reynolds played the wisecracking love interest in romantic comedies opposite actresses such as Jill Clayburgh, Candice Bergen, Dolly Parton, and Goldie Hawn.

Reynolds was not a critic favorite, but he captivated audiences with his carefree, “one of the guys” demeanor, and was always ready with a wink. With nearly 200 film and TV credits, Reynolds was the recipient of six People’s Choice Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Boogie Nights. Later in his career, he also dabbled in voice acting, portraying a cartoon version of himself on the cult favorite FX show “Archer.”

Reynolds passed away from cardiopulmonary arrest at Jupiter Medical Center in Florida. He was 82 years old.

Guests:

Tim Cogshell, film critic for KPCC, Alt-Film Guide and CineGods.com; he tweets @CinemaInMind

Lael Loewenstein, KPCC film critic; she tweets @LAELLO



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