Jerry Reed, a singer who became a good ol’ boy actor in car chase movies like "Smokey and the Bandit," has died of complications from emphysema at 71.
Reed’s catalog of country chart hits, from 1967 through 1983, were released under the label group’s RCA imprint.
As a singer in the 1970s and early 1980s, Reed had a string of hits that included "Amos Moses," "When You’re Hot, You’re Hot," "East Bound and Down," "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)" and "The Bird."
In the mid-1970s, he began acting in movies such as "Smokey and the Bandit" with Burt Reynolds, usually as a good ol’ boy. But he was an ornery heavy in "Gator," directed by Reynolds, and a hateful coach in 1998’s "The Waterboy," starring Adam Sandler.
Reed was born in Atlanta, Georgia.