Considering the events of this week, I wanted to dedicate this edition of Sunday Services to the late, great Burt Reynolds.
Burton Leon Reynolds Jr. (February 11, 1936 – September 6, 2018) was an American actor, director and producer. He first rose to prominence starring in television series such as Gunsmoke (1962–1965), Hawk (1966), and Dan August (1970–1971).
His breakout film role was as Lewis Medlock in Deliverance (1972). Reynolds played the leading role in a number of subsequent box office hits, such as The Longest Yard (1974), Smokey and the Bandit (1977), Semi-Tough (1977), Hooper (1978), Smokey and the Bandit II (1980), The Cannonball Run (1981) and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982).
After a few box office failures, Reynolds returned to television, starring in the sitcom Evening Shade (1990–1994). He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Boogie Nights (1997).
I think Ronni said this the other day but it bears repeating: Burt was the stereotypical man’s man. Men like him are in short supply in this country anymor; replaced by soy-boy social justice warriors who wear their feelings on their sleeves – and diapers.
There are more photos below the fold…
What kind of blogger would I be if I omitted the infamous Cosmo photoshoot?
Burt was not only a great actor, but also a standout football player at Florida State University. It’s why scenes in The Longest Yard work so well; he was an athlete beforehand.
As an added bonus, I had to put in Burt’s chase scene from Archer. It’s high-larious.
The services have ended. You may now go in peace.