09-02-2008, 05:23 PM #1
Singer-actor Jerry Reed dies at the age of 71
Jerry Reed, a singer who became a good ol' boy actor in car chase movies like "Smokey and the Bandit," has died of complications from emphysema at 71.
His longtime booking agent, Carrie Moore-Reed, no relation to the star, said Reed died early Monday.
"He's one of the greatest entertainers in the world. That's the way I feel about him," Moore-Reed said.
Sony BMG Nashville Chairman Joe Galante called Reed a larger-than-life personality.
"Everything about Jerry was distinctive: his guitar playing, writing, voice and especially his sense of humor," Galante said. "I was honored to have worked with him."
As a singer in the 1970s and early 1980s, Reed had a string of hits that included "Amos Moses," "When You're Hot, You're Hot," "East Bound and Down," "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)" and "The Bird."
In the mid-1970s, he began acting in movies such as "Smokey and the Bandit" with Burt Reynolds, usually as a good ol' boy. But he was an ornery heavy in "Gator," directed by Reynolds, and a hateful coach in 1998's "The Waterboy," starring Adam Sandler.
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09-02-2008, 06:16 PM #2Registered User
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Reed was great in Smokey and the Bandit -- one of my favorite 70s comedies.
RIP Jerry Reed
09-02-2008, 06:31 PM #3
So sad he was a great singer and actor. He will be missed terribly.
09-03-2008, 08:21 PM #4
I really liked Jerry Reed. Smokey and the Bandit was a great movie. We bought the boxed set. Guess what we will be watching tonight?
Cletus AKA Snowman and Fred. What a team! One line I will always remember from the first one, "Fred is lookin' a little thin in the skin!" Yep, Fred could have missed a hamburger or two and no one would have ever noticed! LOL
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