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Burt Reynolds (1936–2018)

Teoksen But Enough About Me: A Memoir tekijä

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Burton Leon Reynolds Jr. was born in Lansing, Michigan on February 11, 1936. He played football for Florida State University, but his sports career ended in 1955 when he was seriously injured in a car crash. He later studied acting at Palm Beach Junior College, where in 1956 he won a drama award näytä lisää that included a scholarship to the Hyde Park Playhouse in Hyde Park, New York. In 1958, he signed a seven-year contract with Universal Studios and was cast in a new NBC series called Riverboat. He would go on to appear in about 100 films and numerous television shows. His films included Deliverance, The Longest Yard, Semi-Tough, Smokey and the Bandit, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Starting Over, and Boogie Nights. He won a Golden Globe for his performance as a paternalistic director of pornographic movies in Boogie Nights. His television appearances included Gunsmoke and Evening Shade. He won an Emmy for his performance in Evening Shade in 1991. His memoir, But Enough About Me written with Jon Winokur, was published in 2015. He died on September 6, 2018 at the age of 82. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän

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Associated Works

Small Vices (1997) — Kertoja, eräät painokset1,210 kappaletta, 17 arvostelua
Hush Money (1999) — Kertoja, eräät painokset1,182 kappaletta, 18 arvostelua
Deliverance [1972 film] (1972) — Actor — 234 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
All Dogs Go to Heaven [1989 film] (1989) — Actor — 227 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Boogie Nights [1997 film] (1997) — Actor — 204 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
The Longest Yard [2005 film] (2005) — Actor — 193 kappaletta
Smokey and the Bandit [1977 film] (1977) — Actor — 179 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Cannonball Run [1981 film] (1981) — Actor — 144 kappaletta
The Dukes of Hazzard [2005 film] (2005) — Actor — 129 kappaletta
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas [1982 film] (1982) — Actor — 121 kappaletta
Without a Paddle [2004 film] (2005) — Actor — 115 kappaletta
Silent Movie [1976 Film] (1976) — Self — 67 kappaletta
Driven [2001 Film] (2001) — Actor — 66 kappaletta
Mystery, Alaska [1999 film] (1999) — Actor — 60 kappaletta
Bean [1997 film] (1997) 56 kappaletta
The Longest Yard [1974 film] (1974) — Actor — 53 kappaletta
Striptease [1996 film] (1996) — Actor — 38 kappaletta
Cannonball Run II [1984 film] (1984) — Actor — 38 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Smokey and the Bandit II [1980 film] (1980) — Actor — 34 kappaletta
City Heat [1984 film] (2003) 26 kappaletta
James Arness: An Autobiography (2001) — Esipuhe — 25 kappaletta
Waterproof [2000 film] (2005) — Actor — 25 kappaletta
Hooper [1978 film] (1978) — Actor — 25 kappaletta
Smokey and the Bandit (The 7-Movie Outlaw Collection) (2012) — Actor — 23 kappaletta
Evening Shade Cookbook (1990) — Avustaja — 18 kappaletta
The Legend of Frosty the Snowman [2005 film] (2005) — Kertoja — 18 kappaletta
Cop and a Half [1983 film] (2013) — Actor — 18 kappaletta
Johnson County War [2002 TV movie] (2002) — Actor — 15 kappaletta
White Lightning (1973) — Actor — 14 kappaletta
Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 [1983 film] (1983) — Actor — 12 kappaletta
Beverly Hills 90210: The Complete Third Season (2007) — Actor — 12 kappaletta
Stroker Ace [1983 film] (1983) — Actor — 12 kappaletta
100 Rifles [1969 film] (2014) 12 kappaletta
Starting Over [1979 film] (1979) 10 kappaletta
The Crew [2000 film] (2001) — Actor — 9 kappaletta
The Last Movie Star (2018) — Actor — 8 kappaletta
Best Friends [1982 film] (1982) — Actor — 8 kappaletta
8 Family Adventure Movies (2013) — Actor — 8 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Mad Dog Time [1996 film] (1996) — Actor — 7 kappaletta
Hustle [1975 film] (2005) 6 kappaletta
Time of the Wolf [2002 film] (2002) — Actor — 6 kappaletta
Malone (DVD) (2011) — Actor — 5 kappaletta
Riverboat: The Complete Series (1959) — Actor — 4 kappaletta
Evening Shade: The Complete First Season (2008) — Actor — 4 kappaletta
Hotel [2001 film] (2005) — Actor — 4 kappaletta
Lucky Lady [1975 film] (2011) — Actor — 4 kappaletta
Physical Evidence (1989) — Actor — 4 kappaletta
Shark (2013) — Actor — 3 kappaletta
Shamus — Actor — 3 kappaletta
Miss Lettie and Me [2002 film] (2002) — Actor — 3 kappaletta
Hollywood Sign, The — Actor — 3 kappaletta
Fuzz [1972 Film] (1972) — Actor — 3 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Navajo Joe [1966 film] (2018) — Actor — 3 kappaletta
Breaking In [1989 film] (2002) — Actor — 3 kappaletta
Hard Ground (2003) — Actor — 2 kappaletta
Cloud 9 (2006) — Actor — 2 kappaletta
Deal [2008 film] — Actor — 2 kappaletta
A Magic Christmas [2014 Movie] (2014) 2 kappaletta
Big City Blues [1997 film] (1997) — Actor — 2 kappaletta
MGM Movie Collection: Six Kids Movies (2010) — Actor — 1 kappale
Forget About It [2006 film] (2006) — Actor — 1 kappale
Rough Cut [1980 film] (1980) — Actor — 1 kappale
Semi-Tough / Johnny Be Good — Actor — 1 kappale
Snapshots (2005) — Actor — 1 kappale
Hollow Creek — Actor — 1 kappale
The Bandit — Actor — 1 kappale
White Lightning / The End — Actor — 1 kappale
Hamlet & Hutch — Actor — 1 kappale
Tempted — Actor — 1 kappale

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“B.L. Stryker is an ex-cop who lives on a broken-down houseboat in West Palm Beach. The boat was just a shell, no heart, no guts — just like Hollywood.” — Burt Reynolds

Not an autobiography but a memoir of reminiscences about the people in his life, the people he’s worked with and known, But Enough About Me is immensely enjoyable. Refreshingly candid, tempered by Burt Reynold’s charm and the wisdom that only comes with age, this is simply marvelous. Not only will anyone like myself, who is a big fan of Burt and his films enjoy it, but those who aren’t as familiar with the iconic star’s films and career will discover a genuine and likable person between these reminiscences. The stories and recollections reveal as much about Burt himself as they do about those he recalls. In that way, this is almost better than a bio, because the reader gets a sense of Burt himself, and we like him.

While this is by no means some salacious tell-all, he is candid. Even when on occasion it’s obvious Burt had issues with someone, however, he doesn’t try to belittle their achievements or talent, and tries to be fair, realizing that perhaps he only experienced one side, and we are all more than just one thing. No one knows this more than Reynolds, whose career and life has been somewhat of a rollercoaster, much of it played out in the public eye. “Kind” and “thoughtful” are two words which come to mind when you finish reading this memoir. “Honest” is another one, and he’s glaringly honest about his own life, mistakes of youth or temperament. You come away wishing this guy was your friend, and maybe that part of him came across on screen.

There are some wonderful stories and reflections on people Burt has known and occasionally some true insight. He’s picked delicious — not unsavory — moments at times to give you a sense of that person. Most often, it paints them in a good light, and when it doesn’t, he leaves it there, just relating his experiences without forcing his assessment of the person onto the reader. The names in this memoir range from great in stature to people you may not have ever heard of, but all of them are interesting. While you do get some sense of Burt’s youth, especially his relationship with his father, and even a moment of fate — a ticket for speeding as a teenager perhaps saved his life because of what happened up the road — this is mostly the adult Burt, and the star Burt, and all those great people.

Some of the memories are bittersweet, as in his recollections of Dinah Shore. A moment when he’s gifting a house to Charles Nelson Riley, then can’t bring himself to go inside because he suddenly realizes how much time he spent there with Sally Field (the great regret of his life, apparently) is quite telling. In the actors and movie stars section near the end of this memoir there is a very brief but incredibly illuminating Marilyn Monroe story that shows without doubt that there was much more to her than people realized, and she knew exactly what she was doing. There is a lot of humor here, not just from Burt, but also those he recalls, sometimes with great affection. Here’s a guy who feels bad that he didn’t stand up more for the lovely Catherine Deneuve, who he thought was splendid, when a director on a film they were making was giving her a rough time for no apparent reason.

Though there is never anything mean-spirited here, the discerning reader will come away not liking a few people — or perhaps liking them less than before. This is because it’s near impossible not to like Burt, and you can really tell he’s being honest here, rather than lashing out. If anything, he’s perhaps too fair. Mostly though, this is a book with warm, kind reminiscences of those who passed through Burt’s life, especially the ones who stayed, even through the lean years, the illnesses and other issues. It’s the kind of book that’s a pleasure to experience on your own. I walked away with a much different picture of the great Jim Brown after reading this, for example. Because it’s best not to ruin the experience of reading this, I’ll only share a couple of quotes. The first has been around, but it will be new to many. It involves Burt and Clint Eastwood being canned by Universal on the same day. The executive told Clint that his adam’s apple stuck out too far, and told Burt that he couldn’t act. As they are walking out of the studio, unemployed, this happens:

“You’re in a lot of trouble.” — Burt

“Why’s that?” — Clint

“Because, I can learn to act.” — Burt

One of the longest sections about anyone is the memory Burt has of Johnny Carson. It’s really terrific, and it shows just how much Burt hates these salacious tell-all, one-sided biographies that are written when a man or woman is no longer around to defend themselves:

“Since his death, things have been written portraying Johnny as a monster. That’s not the man I knew. I think he was a national treasure, and his contribution wasn’t fully appreciated until after he was gone. Only then did we begin to realize that he was a bigger part of our lives than we’d thought. Off-camera he may have been difficult at times, but I didn’t see that side of him. I saw a generous, loyal friend.”

You get a little of the films in this memoir, but a lot of impressions of the people who starred in them, made them, or were just around Hollywood. If you didn’t like Burt Reynolds before you read this, you might after finishing it. Maybe Johnny isn’t the only national treasure, after all…
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Matt_Ransom | 5 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 6, 2023 |
Funnyman, television host, football star, legit member of the stuntman's union, actor in television, movies, and theatre, and acting teacher. Not to mention frequently being a little boy in a man's body.

I can say that this is, without a shade of doubt, mostly true but with a heavy dollop of legacy-building Vaseline on the lens. I get it. He's building that legacy, hoping to be remembered for his accomplishments, his friendships, and the good things he's done for others. And there are so many of those, that this is likely to actually BE his legacy.


I don't even mind that he simply glossed over the times he was a bad boy, or selfish, or an idiot. That's for others. I can't say that I would have expected Burt Reynolds to expose the warts... I can't say that I really wanted him to. It was pleasant and all-round enjoyable to take a spin through Burt's (yes, I feel we're on a first name basis, now) life.

He has given me much enjoyment through my life and I'm glad that, in his later years, he had come to get such satisfaction from teaching acting.

Rest easy, Bandit.
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James_Patrick_Joyce | 5 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 24, 2020 |
I don't think he was very forthcoming in his book.
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ohgranny | 5 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 3, 2019 |
I live near Jupiter Florida and Burt was definitely Jupiter's favorite son. After seeing that he recently passed away I wanted to read his memoir. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. It came across as warm and sincere. I especially loved his recollections of growing up in South Florida. The book was equal parts personal stories and stories about famous people he knew. I think he let Loni Anderson off pretty easily. Even though there was a lot of acrimony she actually did host his funeral along with their son.

My girlfriend and I went on a Burt Reynolds field trip. He lived across the street from the park he fondly recounted swimming in with the alligators but where he lived is in a gated community so we couldn't see the house. His ranch where Smokey and the Bandit was filmed has been sold for a housing development. The closest we got was taking our picture in front of the sign at Burt Reynolds Park. Burt gave a lot back to the community of Jupiter. He will be sorely missed.
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arielfl | 5 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 9, 2018 |


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