Sheriff or Villain??
Who is Buford T. Justice? Sheriff Buford T Justice is a fictional character played by the great Jackie Gleason in the films Smokey and the Bandit (1973), Smokey and the Bandit II (1980) and Smokey and the Bandit III (1983).
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“Buford T. Justice” was the name of an actual Florida Highway Patrolman Burt Reynolds’ father knew. Burt’s dad also used the word “Sumbitch”, a word he reportedly uttered quite often himself
What town did Buford T. Justice Sheriff reside in?
What’s the beef?
Sheriff Justice became very angry when his son Junior’s bride Carrie (played by Sally Field) left him at the alter. The Sheriff became obsessed with bringing Carrie back to Texarkana so that she could fulfill her promise to marry his son. Junior’s actual real name was never revealed in the films but he was often referred to as “Moose Twit”, “Tick-Turd” and “Barrel of Monkey Nuts” by his father.
When asked by Buford why his son Junior always carried an empty weapon, Junior proclaimed “When I put bullets in it, Daddy, the gun is too heavy
Sheriff Buford T. Justice could be both charming and professional at times. His pursuit of the Bandit (played by Burt Reynolds) , however, brought out the devil in him and of course the entire 3 films clearly show this
Other Family Members
Sheriff Buford T. Justice had 2 brothers who are also police officers. Gaylord Justice and Reginald Van Justice were both portrayed by Jackie Gleason!
Here are some random Buford T. Justice quotes:
“I’m gonna barbecue your ass in molasses!”
“My handle’s Smokey Bear and I’m tail-grabbin yo ass right now!”
“Don’t you ever, ever, threaten yo’ daddy like that again!”
“Duck, or you’re gonna be talkin’ out yo ass!”
“Let me tell ya somethin’, Junior. If you ever embarrass me like that again, I’m gonna get an ax, and you’re never gonna have to open your fly again
“You got trouble comin’.”
“Hold it! Hold it! Don’t you ever raise your voice to me! Do you know who you’re talking to? I happen to be Buford T. Justice, a distinguished officer of over 40 years seniority! One of the most highly respected law enforcement agents in the United States of America! That vehicle happens to be evidence—valuable evidence—that’s gonna convict a maniac that I’ve been trying to apprehend and that I have been in high-speed pursuit of for 700 miles! He is wanted for the Mann Act kidnappin’, and the attempted murder of over 20 brother officers.”
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