Burt Reynolds, We Will Miss You

I have to admit that Burt Reynolds was one of my heroes.  When I was growing up (and for a long time after that) he was the man.  He was a man’s man.  He was good actor, and had an unbelievable sense of humor, married Lonnie Anderson and posed for Playgirl magazine.  The original Longest Yard was one of my favorite movies.

While taking a cosmetic surgery course at UCLA about 20 years ago, I went to a restaurant for lunch and there sits Burt Reynolds!  I wanted to approach him but thought he would be rude or some bodyguard would intervene.  As he was leaving I asked him how he was doing and we spoke for about 10 minutes.  What a nice guy.  He had people with him, but he hung out with me, just shooting the breeze.  I had a camera in my briefcase for the course, and since this was the days before selfies, I asked him if I could take a picture.  He said he was happy to and below you see Joe and Burt, both with more hair.  I felt really bad when I heard he passed.  Party on Big Burt!


Joe Niamtu, III DMD

Cosmetic Facial Surgery

Richmond, Virginia