Jerry Reed

Singer, Songwriter, Actor
A rascally presence in music and film for over four decades, Jerry Reed was a highly respected guitarist and songwriter who parlayed a string of humorous country-pop singles in the 1970s into a successful second career ... Read more »
Born: 03/19/1937 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Filmography

Actor (34)

The Waterboy 1998 (Movie)

Red Beaulieu (Actor)

America's Music: The Roots of Country 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Evening Shade 1987 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Super Dave 1987 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

TNN's All-Star Salute to Country Music 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Texas and Tennessee... A Musical Affair 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Bat 21 1988 (Movie)

Colonel George Walker (Actor)

What Comes Around 1986 (Movie)

Joe Hawkins (Actor)

Mama's Family 1982 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

A Country Christmas 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Dean Martin at the Wild Animal Park 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Smokey and the Bandit - Part 3 1982 (Movie)

Cledus/The Bandit (Actor)

The Survivors 1982 (Movie)

Jack Locce (Actor)

Concrete Cowboys 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Lynda Carter's Celebration 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Smokey and the Bandit II 1980 (Movie)

Cledus Snow (Actor)

Good Ol' Boys 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Hot Stuff 1979 (Movie)

Doug Van Horne (Actor)

High-ballin' 1978 (Movie)

Duke (Actor)

Nashville 99 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Smokey and the Bandit 1977 (Movie)

Cledus Snow (Actor)

Gator 1975 (Movie)

Bama McCall (Actor)

Dean Martin Presents Music Country, U.S.A. 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

W. W. and the Dixie Dancekings 1973 (Movie)

Wayne (Actor)

The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour 1967 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Elvis Memories (TV Show)

Actor

Plates (TV Show)

Actor

The Concrete Cowboys (TV Show)

Actor
Music (21)

The Bounty Hunter 2010 (Movie)

("She Got The Goldmine (I Got The Shaft)") (Song Performer)

Delta Farce 2007 (Movie)

("East Bound And Down") (Song Performer)

Delta Farce 2007 (Movie)

("East Bound And Down") (Song)

The Dukes of Hazzard 2005 (Movie)

("Guitar Man") (Song Performer)

The Dukes of Hazzard 2005 (Movie)

("Guitar Man") (Song)

The Thing Called Love 1993 (Movie)

("A Thing Called Love") (Song)

Texas and Tennessee... A Musical Affair 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Song Performer

What Comes Around 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

Smokey and the Bandit II 1980 (Movie)

("Texas Bound and Flying") (Song Performer)

Smokey and the Bandit II 1980 (Movie)

("Texas Bound and Flying") (Song)

Hot Stuff 1979 (Movie)

("Hot Stuff") (Song Performer)

Hot Stuff 1979 (Movie)

(Song)

High-ballin' 1978 (Movie)

("High Rollin'") (Song Performer)

High-ballin' 1978 (Movie)

(Song)

Smokey and the Bandit 1977 (Movie)

("East Bound and Down" "Bandit" "The Legend") (Song Performer)

Smokey and the Bandit 1977 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Smokey and the Bandit 1977 (Movie)

(Music)

Drive-In 1976 (Movie)

("Last Train to Clarksville") (Song Performer)

Gator 1975 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Vanishing Point 1971 (Movie)

(Music)

Stay Away, Joe 1968 (Movie)

("US Male") (Song)
Producer (2)

Bat 21 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

What Comes Around 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Director (1)

What Comes Around 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

A rascally presence in music and film for over four decades, Jerry Reed was a highly respected guitarist and songwriter who parlayed a string of humorous country-pop singles in the 1970s into a successful second career as an actor in films like "Smokey and the Bandit" (1977). A gifted guitarist who employed the fingerpicked playing style of technical wizards like Merle Travis, Reed began recording as a teenager in the 1950s before hitting his stride as a songwriter the following decade with songs like "Guitar Man" and "A Thing Called Love," which became hits for Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, respectively. Reed's own singing career took off in 1970 with "Amos Moses," a humorous tall tale that hinged on his wry, cracker-barrel delivery; the chart-topping "When You're Hot, You're Hot" soon followed, as did supporting turns opposite Burt Reynolds in "W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings" (1974), "Gator" (1976) and the hugely popular "Smokey" films. Reed's acting and music careers slowed in the 1980s, during which he concentrated on touring, though he would win a Grammy in 1998 for a collaboration with fellow guitar wizard Chet Atkins, as well as co-star with Adam Sandler in "The Waterboy" (1998) before his death in 2008. Celebrated for his humor, songwriting and guitar skills, Reed was a much-loved entertainment figure whose best efforts brought considerable joy to audiences.

Relationships

Seidina Hinesley

Daughter

Robert Hubbard

Father
Split from wife, four months after Jerry's birth spent seven years in foster homes or orphanages

Cynthia Hubbard

Mother
Split from husband, four months after Jerry's birth spent seven years in foster homes or orphanages reunited with his mother and stepfather in 1944

Priscilla Mitchell

Wife
Married in 1959 until his death in 2008

Charlotte Stewart

Daughter

EDUCATION

O'Keefe High School

Atlanta , Georgia

Milestones

2006

Final album released, The Gallant Few about wounded war veterans

1998

Portrayed the head coach for the Cougars football team in the Adam Sandler film, "The Waterboy"

1998

Teamed with country superstars Waylon Jennings, Mel Tillis, and Bobby Bare to form the group Old Dogs; also released a self titled album

1992

Re-teamed with Atkins for the album, Sneakin' Around

1988

Acted opposite Danny Glover and Gene Hackman in "Bat*21"; also executive produced

1983

Once again cast as ‘Snowman’ in "Smokey and the Bandit Part III"

1983

Co-starred with Robin Williams and Walter Matthau in the comedy, "The Survivors"

1982

Released the hit single, "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)"

1980

Reprised role of ‘Snowman’ for the sequel, "Smokey and the Bandit II"

1979

Acted in "Hot Stuff," starring and directed by Dom DeLuise

1977

Wrote "East Bound and Down," the theme song to the film "Smokey and the Bandit" starring Burt Reynolds and Sally Field; also featured in the film as Cledus ‘Snowman’ Snow

1976

Again appeared opposite Reynolds in "Gator"; also directed by Reynolds

1974

Made film debut opposite close friend Burt Reynolds in "W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings"

1972

Featured in an episode of Hanna-Barbera's animated series, "The New Scooby-Doo Movies" (CBS); also performed the song "Pretty Mary Sunlite" in the episode

1970

Released first solo album, When You're Hot, You're Hot; was also the title of his biggest hit single on the album

1969

Released his best known single and crossover hit, "Amos Moses"; earned a Grammy nomination for best male country vocal performance

1969

Regular on the CBS variety show, "Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour"

1969

Teamed with Chet Atkins for the duet album, Me & Jerry

1967

Wrote and recorded first hit "Guitar Man," which was covered by Elvis Presley

1961

Moved to Nashville to continue his songwriting career

1958

Lowery signed Reed to his National Recording Corporation and he recorded for NRC as both artist and as a member of the staff band

Dropped out of high school at 16 to play with country stars like Faron Young and Ernest Tubb

At age 18, he was signed by record producer Bill Lowery to cut his first record, If the Good Lord's Willing and the Creeks Don't Rise

Bonus Trivia

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In 1998, the American rock band Primus covered the Reed song "Amos Moses" on the album, Rhinoplasty.

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In October 2004, his hit single "Amos Moses" was featured on the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas soundtrack.

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