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Jon Voight Mourns ‘Deliverance’ Co-Star Burt Reynolds: ‘He Was Such a Delight’

The actor, in an appearance on Fox News, recalled a humorous story about his late friend — who died at 82 last week

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Actor Jon Voight appeared Sunday night on Fox News’ “Life, Liberty & Levin” to discuss the recent passing of his friend and one-time co-star, Burt Reynolds.

Reynolds, who appeared in 1972’s “Deliverance” with Voight, died last week of cardiac arrest. He was 82. Many inside and outside of the industry have shared their condolences and memories through social media ever since the news broke.

Voight said Reynolds was one of the “gods of the industry.”

“We all fell in love with the Bandit,” Voight, 79, said of Reynolds, referring to the actor’s famous character from “Smokey and the Bandit.”

Voight also shared a humorous story from the set of “Deliverance.”

The “Ray Donovan” star said Reynolds would sit in a chair designated for Voight without explanation. After 10 days, Voight asked his co-star why he was taking his seat.

“He waited 10 days for me to bring that up. He had that joke lined up in his pocket!”

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“He said, ‘Well, Jon, it’s quite simple. When I sit in your chair, I can see my name on my chair,'” recalled Voight.

The actor added with a laugh, “He waited 10 days for me to bring that up. He had that joke lined up in his pocket!”

Voight concluded about his friend, “He was such a delight.”

Plenty of others in addition to Voight have shared their own fond memories of Reynolds.

“Oh how sad I am today along with Burt’s millions of fans around the world as we mourn one of our favorite leading men,” country singer Dolly Parton wrote on Twitter following Reynolds’ death. The two starred together in 1982’s “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” — and they were also reported to be lovers at one point.

“I know we will always remember his funny laugh, that mischievous sparkle in his eyes, and his quirky sense of humor. You will always be my favorite sheriff, rest in peace my little buddy and I will always love you, Dolly.”

Actress Sally Field, who starred in two “Bandit” movies — plus two other films — with Reynolds and was his girlfriend for close to five years, said, “There are times in your life that are so indelible, they never fade away. They stay alive, even 40 years later. My years with Burt never leave my mind. He will be in my history and my heart, for as long as I live. Rest, Buddy.”

Check out Voight’s full interview with Mark Levin in the video shown below:

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