He had “easy-going charms”, a no-nonsense type of guy who embodied the very definition of the term ‘manly’. Last week saw the passing of Burt Reynolds, and what made Mr. Reynolds so unique was not his world-renowned mustache, or his iconic, ladies-man smile. Instead, it was his genetic, inborn Brain Type. Yes, Burt Reynolds was one of a few non-#13 FCIRs in Hollywood. Think of John Wayne. Think of Clint Eastwood. Yes, think of #5 FEIR Burt Reynolds.
And lo and behold, Reynolds, like most other #5s who made it big on the big screen, wasn’t initially headed there. Burt was a football player, a half-back, and a good one at that. In fact, he “made a name for himself as a football star and earned an athletic scholarship to Florida State University.” Only after a debilitating injury did Reynolds look to Hollywood. He landed a reoccurring role in the 1950s TV series “Gunsmoke” (what is it with #5s and cowboys???), and by 1974 he hit it big as an an ex-football player who landed in prison in the film “The Longest Yard.” Of course, none of us will ever forget “Smokey and the Bandit”, but did you also know Reynolds turned down the role of Han Solo in “Star Wars”? The reason he did is only too FEIR. “I took the part that was the most fun,” he said in an interview. “I didn’t take the part that would be the most challenging.”
Yep, for the #5, life is all about having fun, and Burt was no exception. Like his other fellow filmstar #5s (including Schwarzenegger and Stalone), he was a realistic, down-to-earth tough guy, and he will be missed by many.
Burt Reynolds was 82 years old.
Written by: Staff
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