The residents of Jupiter, Florida, have a deep love for the silver screen star, and it shows at the Burt Reynolds and Friends Museum, which houses thousands of photos and memorabilia from Reynolds life and films.
Among the prized pieces in the collection are several of Reynolds acting awards, the canoe he rode in Deliverance, and his famous 1972 centerfold showing him naked on a bear skin rug.
Though museum director Mike Daniel wants to add the cowboy hat Reynolds wore in Smokey and the Bandit to his collection, he says hes always eager to get his hands on anything Burt related.
Daniel calls the mustachioed macho man the main source of Jupiters cultural identity for opening a theatre school and film studio in the community, and says wannabe actors should take a cue from the legends humble personality.
Daniel says, Burt leaves the ego out the door when he teaches, and hes the best you can be.
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