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Burt Reynolds Appreciation: A Classic Movie Star With a Modern Sense of Humor

  • The Wrap
Burt Reynolds Appreciation: A Classic Movie Star With a Modern Sense of Humor
Much has been written about the New Hollywood of the 1970s and how it was formed by a group of bearded film-school grads who grew up on a diet of cinema and broke the hidebound rules of the studio system. But there’s no talking about American film in the Me Decade without discussing the impact of Burt Reynolds, the iconic star who encapsulated so much of the era’s freewheeling attitudes and post-modern sensibilities.

Unlikely the falsely humble stars of yore, Reynolds clearly reveled in being a movie star, whether he was yukking it up on Johnny Carson’s couch or mugging through silly all-star extravaganzas like “The Cannonball Run.” He had the cool of the Rat Pack, but in a way that seemed more attainable to a country mired in recession; Reynolds’ public vibe always leaned closer to a six-pack and a Trans Am than to martinis and limousines.
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Burt Reynolds dead at 82: Our appreciation of a guy’s guy and ladies’ man always having a good time

  • Gold Derby
Burt Reynolds dead at 82: Our appreciation of a guy’s guy and ladies’ man always having a good time
Burt Reynolds was a guy’s guy, a ladies’ man, the ruggedly handsome alpha male of the entertainment world, who always seemed to be having a good time – whether cracking jokes on TV talk shows with pals like Dom DeLuise or saucily posing nude as a centerfold in “Cosmopolitan” magazine — except maybe when he broke his leg during that ill-fated canoe outing in 1972’s “Deliverance,” his breakout film role. According to his reps on Thursday, the actor is dead at age 82 in his adopted home of Jupiter, Florida.

With a thicket of hair, a dapper mustache and a twinkle in his eye, he often came across as a good ol’ Southern boy in such films as “Smokey and the Bandit,” “W,W. and the Dixie Dancekings” and “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” while claiming to be from Georgia. But he was born in Lansing, Michigan, although he would eventually end up in Riviera Beach,
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Burt Reynolds, Beloved Action Star, Dead at 82

Burt Reynolds, Beloved Action Star, Dead at 82
Burt Reynolds, the charismatic, mustachioed movie star known for films like Deliverance, Smokey and the Bandit and Boogie Nights, died Thursday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 82.

Reynolds died of cardiac arrest. His niece, Nancy Lee Hess, said that the actor “has had health issues, however, this was totally unexpected.”

She continued, “My uncle was not just a movie icon; he was a generous, passionate and sensitive man who was dedicated to his family, friends, fans and acting students… Anyone who breaks their tailbone on a river and finishes the movie is tough.
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Burt Reynolds, Star of ‘Deliverance,’ ‘Smokey and the Bandit,’ Dies at 82

  • Variety
Burt Reynolds, Star of ‘Deliverance,’ ‘Smokey and the Bandit,’ Dies at 82
Burt Reynolds, one of Hollywood’s most popular leading men during the ’70s and early ’80s in such films as “Deliverance,” “Smokey and the Bandit, “The Longest Yard” and “Semi-Tough,” has died. His rep confirmed that he died Thursday in Jupiter, Fla. He was 82.

He later earned an Oscar nomination as best supporting actor in Paul Thomas Anderson’s ode to skin flicks, “Boogie Nights.” He had been set to appear in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Hollywood.”

Reynolds’ appeal lay in his post-modern macho posture undercut by a wry self-awareness, which he used to good effect in comedies as well as action films. For a period during the ’70s he was the nation’s top box office draw. But after one too many bad movies, his popularity waned. He returned to television, where he’d gotten his start, mostly in Westerns, and produced his own sitcom, “Evening Shade,” which brought him an Emmy.
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Raymond Wagner dies at 88

Raymond Wagner dies at 88
Los Angeles, April 11: Hollywood producer and studio executive Raymond Wagner has died aged 88. Though he passed away March 12, his family announced his death only now.

The producer passed away from natural causes, and his family announced the news Thursday, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

Wagner began his career as a producer in the early 1960s, working on small screen pilots and "The Hanged Man".

He produced films like "Petulia" (1968), "Turner and Hooch" (1989) and "Run" (1991). His other credits include Chuck Norris's "Code of Silence" (1985), Liza Minnelli and Burt Reynolds's "Rent-a-Cop" (1987) and "Snow Day with Chevy Chase" in 2000.

Wagner was also famous for hiring former actress Sherry Lansing, who he.
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Dial Back The Date: WIlkommen, March 12! It's Liza's Birthday!

Liza Minnelli emerged on this Earth only 66 years ago today. What's your favorite Liza moment? Mine will shock you. Also on this date in history: Barbra Streisand becomes a Grammy-winning superstar, Meryl Streep's first true love dies, and Bernie Madoff pleads so so guilty.

March 12 is a pretty fascinating date, ladies and gents. Liza Minnelli descended to Earth, Barbra Streisand ascended to wherever it is Barbra Streisand exists now, and Fdr invented a chic mode of speechifying. Happy Monday, all! Deposit your favorite Liza moments below.

1933: Franklin Delano Roosevelt engages the nation in his first fireside chat. He opens the talk with the curious greeting, “Hey, America. Sorry Herbert Hoover was the worst. Sadface for your savings. Forevz.”

1946: Liza Minnelli, the Oscar-Tony-Emmy prize winner (with a “z”!) is born. You can keep your Cabaretand The Sterile Cuckoo because I know the definitive Liza Minnelli movie is Rent-a-Cop,
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