Burt Reynolds Public Appearance
Prince Marketing Group recently brought the legendary and Hollywood film legend Burt Reynolds into Pittsburgh for the Steel City Con. The “Deliverance” and “Smokey and the Bandit” actor attended for two consecutive days and was available for autographs and professional photo opportunities. From 1978 to 1982, he spent five straight years as Hollywood’s top box-office draw. No star since—not Mel Gibson, not Tom Cruise—has matched this feat.
Burt’s breakout film role was as Lewis Medlock in Deliverance (1972). Reynolds played the leading role in a number of box office hits, such as The Longest Yard (1974), Smokey and the Bandit (1977), Semi-Tough (1977), Hooper (1978), Smokey and the Bandit II (1980), The Cannonball Run (1981) and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982). Reynolds, an Oscar nominee for “Boogie Nights,” at 81 continues to work and also holds teaching sessions from his Florida ranch. Definitely one of Hollywood’s most resilient stars, Reynolds has continually surprised all with his ability to weather both personal and career hurdles and his 40-plus years in front of the cameras is testament to his staying ability, his acting talent and his appeal to film audiences.
Besides celebrity guests, the con featured 750 vendor tables of toys and collectibles, an artists’ alley, contests and more. The Steel City Comic Con is known for bringing rare celebrity autograph appearances and photo opportunities into the Pittsburgh market.