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Burt Reynolds on Stunts, His First TV Series Role and Friendship With Hal Needham

2 October 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Known for macho roles in movies like “Deliverance” and “Smokey and the Bandit,” Burt Reynolds has a brace of upcoming films in the can, a documentary about his life in the works and a new book (“But Enough About Me: A Memoir”) coming out Nov. 17. But he started as a stuntman (he was honored Sept. 19 by the Stuntmen’s Assn.), and met his lifelong friend and frequent collaborator, the late Hal Needham, on the set of NBC series “Riverboat” — which gave Reynolds his first mention in Variety in 1959.

What was the first stunt you remember doing?

It was something I didn’t plan. I was doing an episode of “Pony Express” (in 1959), and I rode into a shot, and there was some guy shooting. I was supposed to get off the horse as fast as I could. Well, it dumped me, and it went along with me, but I stepped »

- Terry Flores

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Burt Reynolds on Stunts, His First TV Series Role and Friendship With Hal Needham

2 October 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Known for macho roles in movies like “Deliverance” and “Smokey and the Bandit,” Burt Reynolds has a brace of upcoming films in the can, a documentary about his life in the works and a new book (“But Enough About Me: A Memoir”) coming out Nov. 17. But he started as a stuntman (he was honored Sept. 19 by the Stuntmen’s Assn.), and met his lifelong friend and frequent collaborator, the late Hal Needham, on the set of NBC series “Riverboat” — which gave Reynolds his first mention in Variety in 1959.

What was the first stunt you remember doing?

It was something I didn’t plan. I was doing an episode of “Pony Express” (in 1959), and I rode into a shot, and there was some guy shooting. I was supposed to get off the horse as fast as I could. Well, it dumped me, and it went along with me, but I stepped »

- Terry Flores

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