Burt Reynolds

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Quotes (14)

  • Burt: (on hearing that Smokey and the Bandit (1977) was the favorite film of director Alfred Hitchcock): I have had people who were very intellectual and my heroes, that have quietly said to me, "I loved Smokey and the Bandit!" And I said, "It's alright because so did 150 million other people!"' I'm thrilled that Mr. Hitchcock felt that way and I convey to his daughter that, needless to say, he was the best.

  • Burt: (on Sally Field) She's tough, she`s gritty, she's got a great sense of humor and she gets prettier every day.

  • Burt: I liked Dolly Parton from the beginning because I was raised in the South and always have had a great passion for it. I told her after an interview I did with several of the Grand Ole Opry stars that she was going to be a major star. I just didn't know which medium it would be in. She looked at me and, Dolly being Dolly, said, "When?"

  • Burt: (on the many great parts he's turned down) There are no awards in Hollywood for being an idiot.

  • Burt: Friends come in herds and they leave in herds. Hollywood loves an adventure, but you have to hit bottom. Then they love to save you and be a part of it. Or think they're a part of it.

  • Burt: There are three stages of an actor's career. Young, old, and "You look good."

  • Burt: (on his many career mistakes) All of the younger actors keep coming up to me and asking me where all of the land mines are because they know I've stepped on them all.

  • Burt: (on his many Indian roles) The only Indian I haven't played is Pocahontas.

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Trivia (27)

  • When Burt first saw Boogie Nights, he hated it so much he fired his agent. However, after it received rave reviews from the critics, he was persuaded to go on a radio promotion tour by director Paul Thomas Anderson. Strangely, Anderson hogged the mic so much that about a week into the tour, Burt punched him in the face and quit the tour.

  • Frank Sinatra, a fairly engaging personality himself, was a big Burt Reynolds fan : "He is the one the ladies like to dance with and their husbands like to drink with. He is the larger-than-life actor of our times. He is gifted, talented, naughty and nice."

  • Burt's automotive "costar" in Smokey and the Bandit was a 1977 Pontiac Trans Am Limited Edition. Strangely enough, following the film's spectacular success, sales of a competing muscle-car, the Chevrolet Camaro, increased by 500%. This windfall prompted a grateful Chevrolet to promise Burt a new Camaro every year in perpetuity, a promise that lasted for five years.

  • According to the Quigley Publications annual poll of movie exhibitors, Burt placed among the top ten money-making movie stars 12 times - including five consecutive years at #1 from 1978 to 1982.

  • Burt lost the 1997 Razzie award for Worst Supporting Actor to Marlon Brando by a single vote. Reynolds was nominated for his performance in Striptease and Brando for his effort in The Island of Dr. Moreau.

  • Burt is mentioned in Bruce Springsteen's song "Cadillac Ranch". "James Dean in that Mercury '49 Junior Johnson runnin' thru the woods of Caroline Even Burt Reynolds in that black Trans-Am All gonna meet down at the Cadillac Ranch"

  • Burt dated Sally Field on and off over several years, proposing marriage many times, each time being rejected.

  • In the mid-1990's, while married to Loni Anderson, Burt fought a battle against pain pill addiction. He was taking over 60 Percocet per day.

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