His legacy reaches far beyond Smokey And The Bandit.
Yesterday the world said goodbye to Hollywood legend Burt Reynolds. He was an extraordinarily accomplished actor with a career spanning six decades, during which he played everything from heroes to villains, seriously dramatic roles, and crazy slapstick comedy.
For those of us enamored with cars, however, Reynolds will always be the Bandit – the southern truck driver from Atlanta Georgia with the red shirt, cowboy hat, always-there mustache, and a penchant for eluding the police in his black Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. 1977’s Smokey And The Bandit straight-up captured lightning in a bottle, winning the hearts of millions while inspiring generations of car enthusiasts. It also turned Reynolds and the black-and-gold 1977 Trans AM SE into legends.
Smokey And The Bandit wasn't the only car movie Reynolds made. Starting all the way back in 1973 and going through 2005 there are a string of films – some good, others not-so-much – where the Bandit swapped his hat for another role. If you have time in the coming days or weeks, these nine films are absolutely worth your time, and they're a wonderful way to remember Burt Reynolds as the cool on-screen car guy he was.