Burt Reynolds on Screen

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About the Book

In a prolific career spanning six decades, actor Burt Reynolds was a definitive American icon and one of the world’s most famous stars of film and television. As much a folk hero as a Hollywood celebrity, he began as a stuntman and bit player in B Westerns and TV shows before landing a starring role on NBC’s Riverboat (1959–1961). His breakthrough role in Deliverance (1971) made him famous and the sleeper hit Smokey and the Bandit (1977) made his name a household word.
This first critical overview of Reynolds’ work examines his complete filmography, featuring candid discussions with costars and collaborators, exclusive behind-the-scenes photos and a wealth of film stills.

About the Author(s)

Wayne Byrne is a librarian, film historian and journalist, writing for Hot Press magazine. He lives in Ireland.

Bibliographic Details

Wayne Byrne
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 100 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7498-8
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3811-9
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “Wayne Byrne’s book on the cinematic and television career of Burt Reynolds is both entertaining and highly informative: this is a brilliant, professional biography of a sometimes misunderstood and underrated talent. If you think you knew Reynolds and his oeuvre, think again. Burt Reynolds on Screen is a definitive work that deserves to be read.”—Paul Farren, Film Ireland
  • “Byrne’s book is a singular and compelling step towards establishing Reynolds as a true American Icon. His work is a clarion call for a revisionist project that will give this great actor the respect he has earned. This is not just a meticulously researched appraisal of a life’s work but a serious statement about Reynold’s importance to modern American cinema.”—Matthew Nolan, senior lecturer and subject expert in creative media, Dublin Business School.
  • “Prolific author Wayne Byrne has penned a colossal contribution to the legacy of seven-time No. 1 box office star Burt Reynolds. His veracious attention to circumstance and detail is evident throughout the book. If you somewhat knew Burt Reynolds before the book, you certainly will know him after the book. I worked for Burt Reynolds as PR Director of his theater, appeared in two of his films, visited a dozen film sets, supported one of his protégés, and currently attend his Institute for Theatre Training Writing seminars. And yet this book tells me even more that I realized in my years of experiences. Once read, you will feel as if you were on the movie sets, too.”—Peggy Gossett-Seidman, former public relations director at the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre