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Matt Reed
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Posted: 06 September 2018 at 12:56pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Damn it.

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Doug Centers
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Just heard this.
Sad news.
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Shaun Barry
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Wow, was not expecting that news today.  Very, very sad... when he was good, he was fantastic.

RIP



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John Byrne
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Posted: 06 September 2018 at 1:25pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

The End.
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I echo what Shaun has posted.

Always memorable.
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Bill Mimbu
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And yet another part of my youth passes into history...

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Pete Carrubba
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82 years old. Not a bad run.

Always sad to see the personalities we enjoyed in our younger years pass on.

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Petter Myhr Ness
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Posted: 06 September 2018 at 2:11pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

This is very sad. One of my childhood heroes.
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82 years old. Not a bad run.

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Unless you're 81. Or 68.....

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Doug Jones
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RIP
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Joe Murray
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Posted: 06 September 2018 at 3:07pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Very sad news, like Shaun B. said, "when he was good, he was fantastic."
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Steve Coates
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It is surprising how many actors, musicians, writers and artists, whose work I have enjoyed and admired, were born in the same decade as my parents.

"Hey, Hal!"
"Hey, Burt!"
"What ya doin?"
"Waiting on you."
"Well, I'm here now!"
"Let's go, catch, you drive."

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Steven Myers
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I enjoyed a lot of Burt Reynolds work. Though my mother enjoyed it much more for some reason...
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Rick Whiting
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RIP.
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Rick Senger
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Like many, I've enjoyed more than a couple of his movies.  Like some, I've long felt he left something on the table.  At the height of his huge popularity he generally played it safe, rarely giving us much glimpse of the chops he seemed to display in movies like DELIVERANCE.  He was an underrated comedic actor though, too, and some of those lighter weight vehicles were undeniably fun, never a bad thing. 
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Chris Hutton
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I'll never understand why he hated Boogie Nights. He was AMAZING in it.
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Eric Ladd
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A friend of mine recounted a wonderful story about Burt illustrating what a nice guy he must have been. I think there is a reason so many people loved him. Wish I had met him while he was around. Take care, Bandit.

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RIP Burt.

It always seems to be MORE shocking when the "tough" guys pass away. Proof that we are all mere mortals.
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In a lot of movies I watched several times when I was
young.

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James Best
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I enjoyed many of his movies, even though they were mostly action comedies that didn't highlight his acting skills.

The two exceptions (in my mind) are THE MAN WHO LOVED WOMEN and BOOGIE NIGHTS. The latter would probably have earned him an Oscar if he hadn't been competing against Robin Williams in the Best Supporting Actor category that year.

I will also give a big thumbs up to his performance in THE LONGEST YARD, which I always enjoy watching.

The Bandit has made his final run. Rest in peace.


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SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT remains a favorite, and his natural style and humor works really well with Jackie Gleason’s wonderfully broad sheriff, Sally Field’s pitch perfect sense of lightness while remaining real, and Jerry Brown bringing a surprisingly great comedic read to every line.

He had some really strong movies that I loved that I feel are underrated - THE END is a wonderful black comedy that won me over from the moment Reynold’s character looks up at the chapel and the cross shadow hits his forehead.  This was an early movie that went headlong into taboo territory for me that worked really well, and I had great respect for Reynolds actually directing this one.

And SHARKEY’S MACHINE should have been a series - Reynolds could still deliver a straight performance without mugging.

And finally CITY HEAT is such a great pairing with Clint Eastwood.  I remember seeing that one in the theater and just loving every second of the two of them in the same movie.



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Posted: 08 September 2018 at 7:32pm | IP Logged | 22 post reply

Sorry to hear of his passing and had a little listen to some Jerry Reed in his honour yesterday.

I thought Burt Reynolds was at his best in Deliverance and he might have had a very different career had he followed that mold more than the comedic slant that he did take. Not that he wasn't good in that genre, as in say Smokey and the Bandit, but I suspect he had more to offer as a dramatic actor than we saw.

I am strangely fond of Switching Channels though!
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