Quick post I just heard this on the radio on the way into work as well the first thing that popped into my head was the interview that he did where he was discussing when him and Clint Eastwood were both contract players I think it Universal way back in the day and they were let go of. to hear him tell it he said Clint was let go because he had a huge Adam's apple and just wasn't very photogenic so then he asked why he was being let go they told him well you just can't act.
After that the career took off Gunsmoke, Dan August, a whole slew of movies, Evening shade, and hands down one of the best guest host ever to fill in for Johnny Carson going to miss that cackling laugh funny as hell.
Burt Reynolds leaves behind a fine body of work, but for me, those guest hosting appearances on the 90 minute Tonight Show in the late '70s were a stunningly memorable showcase for his brilliant and spontaneous wit...damn funny all the way. Unquestionably, the absolute best guest host on the great Johnny Carson's long running talk show.
I've been looking to find a picture of the "No charge for the clouds" painting for 30 years. I have scoured youtube to find him telling the story on some late night TV show where I first saw it in the 70s or 80s. Maybe it was cause I was just a kid, but it looked -magnificent. I have never found it. The only google result is the clip in his book.
Burt was THE MAN. He was the Frank Sinatra of the silver screen and will be missed! Among other roles, I loved him in the Cannonball films and his guest role as a High School football coach on King of Queens. Just as with Aretha Franklin and others, we're losing them but not replacing them.