November 2, 2012 by pfrancis207
In the annals of American cinema, there are many actors who have come to define what masculinity is all about. Each generation had their macho man of the screen. In the ’50’s, it was Marlon Brando. The ’60’s gave us Paul Newman. But by the ’70’s, movie masculinity had come to be defined by a group of mavericks who would become stars playing anti-heroes who rebelled against the system and were beloved by audiences worldwide.
And while Clint Eastwood and Robert De Niro may hold the mantle of the greatest actors to come of age in the 1970’s, it was Burt Reynolds who emerged as the prominent sex symbol of the decade, with such immortal roles as Lewis Medlock in 1972’s “Deliverance”, Paul “Wrecking” Crewe in 1974’s “The Longest Yard” and his signature performance as Bo “The Bandit” Darville in the 1977 mega-hit “Smokey and The Bandit”. And being as today is the first day of Movember, Burt gets the nod for American Gentleman of the Week for his screen legacy and his rightful place among the greatest mustaches of all time.