Burt Reynolds

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We're only here for a little while, and you've got to have some fun, right? I don't take myself seriously, and I think the ones that do, there's some sickness with people like that.

Burton Leon "Burt" Reynolds (February 11, 1936 -September 6, 2018) was an American actor, director and producer. He has starred in many films, such as Deliverance, The Longest Yard, Smokey and the Bandit and Boogie Nights.


  • My movies were the kind they show in prisons and airplanes, because nobody can leave.
    • In: Briton Hadden, ‎Henry Robinson Luce (1972). Time, Vol. 100. p. 43
  • You can only hold your stomach in for so many years.
    • Attributed to Reynolds in: Orange Coast Magazine, Oct. 1984. p. 143
  • I can sing as well as Fred Astaire can act.
    • Attributed to Reynolds in: Colin Jarman (1993). The Book of Poisonous Quotes. p. 129
  • I don’t know why I think this, but maybe I’ve got my best work ahead. Maybe I’ll be putting my teeth in the glass, and maybe it will be a very different kind of role, but I want to do something where I’m not driving a car or a truck, where it’s real. Something that people wouldn’t expect me to do. Probably a man in search of himself. But we’re always searching for ourselves anyway.
    • "Burt Reynolds Has Made Mistakes. But He Regrets Nothing." in The New York Times (23 March 2018)

Quotes about Burt Reynolds

  • Images of cars and highways fill our literature, songs, movies and art, not just in America but worldwide. Books like "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac or "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" by Tom Wolfe were among the first to romanticize driving and road trips. Old blues and early rock songs like "Route 66," "Brand New Cadillac," and "Goin' Mobile" further romanticized cars and highways for the postwar "Baby Boom" generation. Thousands of films and T.V. shows have focused on or predominantly featured cars and car chases: "Rebel Without a Cause," "American Graffiti," "Easy Rider," "Bullet," "The Dukes of Hazzard," the "James Bond" films, and at least half a dozen Burt Reynolds movies. The list goes on... All this pop culture, combined with relentless commercial advertising, has made cars an integral part of our personal identity. We have been taught to equate motor vehicles with wealth, power, romance, rebellion and freedom. Now, everywhere I go in the world, I see cars-millions and millions of cars-in Rome, Guatemala City, Kuala Lumpur, Bombay and Beijing. Everywhere there are huge traffic jams and poor air quality. The number of motor vehicles in the world is growing three times faster than the population.
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