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Country singer and actor Jerry Reed dead at seventy-one

Country singer and actor Jerry Reed, famous for songs such as “Amos Moses” and “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot” as well as a starring role as Cletus “Snowman” Snow opposite Burt Reynolds in the first Smokey and the Bandit, died of complications from emphysema at the age of seventy-one. Though many will remember Reed as a straight man for Burt Reynolds or for his last high profile gig as a psychopathic football coach in the Adam Sandler vehicle The Waterboy, Reed is  dear to countless Gen-Xers for his appearance on Scooby Doo. Reed was an accomplished musician who had songs recorded by Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, and Nat King Cole and won a Grammy in 1971 for “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot” and another in 1992 for “Sneakin’ Around,” which he recorded with Chet Atkins. [Yahoo]
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Jerry Reed

Jerry Reed left quite an impression on me as a young boy as I grew up watching the Smokey movies; and the title track of those films, "East Bound and Down," is a country classic. Also, don't forget about his role as leader of the greaser gang, the Pharohs, in American Graffitti - a film that started the careers of Ron Howard, Richard Dryfus, Harrison Ford, and of course George Lucus.


Jerry Reed didn't star in American Graffitti. That was Bo Hopkins!
He was in the Smokey and the bandit movies.


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