NASHVILLE, September 7, 2018 — America’s coolest alpha male has gone on to join Jerry “Snowman” Reed, Jackie “Buford T. Justice” Gleason, and Dom “Captain America” DeLuise in the sky. At the age of 82, Burt Reynolds, one of the last true Alpha males dies
“Some say they despise you. Maybe they do.
Deep down inside them, I bet they wish they were you.”
Reynolds leaves behind legions of fans, ex-lovers, and memories for us all. He starred in 200 films, but one of them stands taller and moves faster than the rest.
Sure, he won his only Oscar nomination for “Boogie Nights.” He was a star in “Deliverance” and a grouchy old curmudgeon in “Mystery Alaska.” He had fun in “Cannonball Run,” “Stroker Ace” and “The End.” He even conquered television as Wood Newton in “Evening Shade.”
He will always be Bo Darville, “The Bandit.”
For those growing up in today’s emasculated, metro-sexualized beta male Pajamaboy society, real men once existed. There was no political correctness. Men were free to act like men, back when everyone knew what gender they were. “Smokey and the Bandit” was more than a movie. It was a way of life.
Snowman: “Why are we doing this?”
Bandit: “Why not?”
Snowman: “Well they said it couldn’t be done.”
Bandit: “That’s the reason, son.”
The Bandit was never a villain. He was the anti-hero, an outlaw we openly rooted for. He did things just for the hell of it. As Jerry Reed sang, he was “The Legend.”
“Foot like lead. Nerves like steel. Gonna go to glory riding 18 wheels.”
Bandit did not drive the 18-wheeler. The Snowman handled that. Bandit drove the black Trans Am. Every man wanted to own that car. Every woman wanted to be romanced by its owner.
Like many alpha males, Reynolds played football back when it was football. Being quarterback Paul Crewe in “The Longest Yard” was easy. He was a running back for the Florida State Seminoles who turned to acting only after his knee could no longer handle the football.
A young Burt Reynolds married comedienne and actress Judy Carne (Laugh-In) divorcing in 1965. In 1988, he married blonde bombshell Loni Anderson (WKRP in Cincinnati). In the 70s, he dated actress and singer Dinah Shore, who was 22 years older than him. From 1977 to 1982 he also dated actress and director Sally Field, who also starred with him in the film Smokey and the Bandit.
It would be one thing for a man to romance Loni Anderson and Sally Field.
Reynolds romanced them both, among many others.
Burt Reynolds did things on his terms, just like the Bandit did. He romanced who he wanted when he wanted. Drank and fought when he wanted. He drove that black Trans Am between Texarkana, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia because he felt like it.
He was dared to do it, so he did it.
In a world of societal constraints, Bandit lived every man’s dream: He did it his way, on his terms. Those looking to find him knew where to look. He was “flying down the highway headed West. In a streak of black lightning, called the Bandit Express.”
That is why Burt Reynolds was so beloved. Women wanted him, men wanted to be him. But there was only one him. Alpha males wished they were as Alpha as he was.
Goodbye, Burt Reynolds. Farewell, Bandit. Now you’re with the Snowman, Eastbound and Down.