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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



Office Address

Joe Niamtu III, DMD
11319 Polo Place
Midlothian, VA 23113

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

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