In news of the bummer variety, Burt Reynolds died today at the age of 82. Having a career that spanned over 50 years in Hollywood is an amazing feat, and one not many people have accomplished. Reynolds starred in movies such as Smokey and the Bandit, Deliverance, Boogie Nights and the tv show Evening Shade. He wasn’t so much of an actor as he was a goddamned movie star, and he played the part incredibly well with a unique panache entirely his own.
He was also a huge staple of celebrity magazines in the ’80s and ’90s, and as a child, I was wildly fascinated by his marriage to Loni Anderson, which ended in divorce in 1993. They were seriously glamorous in a way that only the late ’80s and early ’90s could allow (see header pic.) The man worked steadily his entire career, but by the time his marriage to Loni ended, Burt Reynolds wasn’t known for his body of work so much as he was known for being Burt Reynolds. (The 2018 equivalent is Nicolas Cage.)
Reynolds, throughout his career, was nominated for multiple awards, including Best Supporting Oscar in 1997 for Boogie Nights… and yet? One of his best most memorable roles was being portrayed by Norm Macdonald on Saturday Night Live.
That, friends, is a perfect capture of Reynolds’s lack of fucks to give and overall “Burt Reynolds-ness.”
Earlier today, Macdonald paid homage to the man himself, and we all teared up a little bit. He’s right, there is one less Burt in this poor old world.
Big Burt is up in heaven slapping around little Bert. #onefewerB*rt inthispooroldworld— Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) September 6, 2018
In honor of Reynolds’s passing, I present to you the best of Macdonald as Reynolds in his “Celebrity Jeopardy Appearances,” enjoy.
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