'Burn Notice' exclusive: Burt Reynolds cast as... Michael Westen?!

burt-reynoldsImage Credit: Carlos Marino/Getty Images; Glenn Watson/USA NetworkSort of but not really. Keep reading for a full explanation…

Burn Notice has tapped acting vet Burt Reynolds to guest-star as a legendary operative, now retired and cast out of the CIA, who serves as somewhat of a cautionary tale for Michael (Jeffrey Donovan).

“Things have not gone well for him since he left the spy service,” explains series creator Matt Nix of Reynolds’ character, Paul Anderson. “He’s now working as a bartender under an assumed name, and he gets into trouble with some very nasty Russian guys.

“He’s not precisely like Michael,” adds Nix. “He’s Michael should Michael succumb to some of the demons that haunt ex-spies.”

Reynolds’ episode will air during the show’s fourth season, premiering on June 3.

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  • Angie

    you mean premiering on June 3rd.
    but Burt Reynolds should fit in well with the Burn Notice crew! can’t wait! :)

  • Angie

    you mean premiering on June 3rd.
    but Burt Reynolds should fit in well with the Burn Notice crew! can’t wait! :)

    • darclyte

      Kewl! When I saw that he’d been cast, I initially thought that it would be as Michael’s father in a “flashback” sequence. This is even better!

      • Christopher

        Burt Reynolds greatest contribution to tv was as the voice of Evie’s alien father on Out of This World, a wonderfully cheesy family sticom from the 80s starring Kirsten Bell’s twin Maureen Flannigan.

      • huh?

        kewl? i don’t understand when people completely respell words that are no shorter than the original word. what’s the point of writing kewl instead of cool? can someone please explain or is this just an example of how stupid americans have become nowadays?

      • morecoffeepls

        agreed. I don’t get it either. why bother?

      • Jam

        ahh yes, the deconstruction of our society through stupidity. I agree that there is nopthing cool about kewl.

      • Brian

        Perhaps he has forgotten how to spell the word correctly after this misuse for so long?

      • Adam

        Dude, if Michael’s father ever came back to the show that would be ridiculous, because he’s dead!
        But Burt Reynold’s is gonna be amazing as a ‘renegade spy’.

      • Dale

        I use kewl to mean that I REALLY like something. Otherwise, it’s just cool.

      • ljkb

        except his father died years ago

      • Surfergrrl65

        It’s kinda like spelling it’s instead of it is and don’t instead of do not… wouldn’t instead of would not and on and on… We all do that silly thing.

  • Q

    Excellent! He must be on Fi’s side…

  • Q

    Excellent! He must be on Fi’s side…

  • swtndl81

    Cant wait for the new season!!! Funny, I thought Burt was dead!!!

    • Darryl Mott Jr.

      No, that was Snake Plisskin.

      • Jam

        dued, Snake is still alive and well too. his next movie, Escape From D.C.

    • Debrann

      I am delighted that Burt Reynolds will be on Burn Notice! He will be wonderful, as always! Fabulous news!!

  • swtndl81

    Cant wait for the new season!!! Funny, I thought Burt was dead!!!

    • Darryl Mott Jr.

      No, that was Snake Plisskin.

      • Jam

        dued, Snake is still alive and well too. his next movie, Escape From D.C.

    • Debrann

      I am delighted that Burt Reynolds will be on Burn Notice! He will be wonderful, as always! Fabulous news!!

  • kiki

    Awesome! and may I further say: Reynolds’ mustache is made of legend. oh yes, it is

  • kiki

    Awesome! and may I further say: Reynolds’ mustache is made of legend. oh yes, it is

  • April

    Burt Reynolds as an ex-spy should be great!

  • April

    Burt Reynolds as an ex-spy should be great!

  • Julie Q

    When I read the heading I thought maybe Burt was playing Michael’s dad and instead of being dead he was in WitSec and there would be a cross over with In Plain Sight…:D Ha! Love this show! Ma Weston aka Sharon Gless is my favorite!

  • Julie Q

    When I read the heading I thought maybe Burt was playing Michael’s dad and instead of being dead he was in WitSec and there would be a cross over with In Plain Sight…:D Ha! Love this show! Ma Weston aka Sharon Gless is my favorite!

  • Elizabeth Kaylene (elizawhat.com)

    I can’t wait for the new season! I used to watch it every week, but missed a whole bunch of episodes. I should check the USA site to see if I can watch them online.

    • llevinso

      USA has marathons a lot, especially right before the new season premieres.

  • Elizabeth Kaylene (elizawhat.com)

    I can’t wait for the new season! I used to watch it every week, but missed a whole bunch of episodes. I should check the USA site to see if I can watch them online.

    • llevinso

      USA has marathons a lot, especially right before the new season premieres.

  • Abby

    He’s a cautionary tale for Michael on not having plastic surgeries.

    • Karen Caccavale

      this should be a hoot …. I thought the character would be the presumed dead father of Michael… Love this show… can’t wait for it to start.

    • kiki

      LOL Burned! /not a pun, I swear ;)

    • Tessa

      Abby….how cruel can you be! Who are you to judge? It is important what is inside of a person, not on the outside. Burt Reynolds brought so much joy to many many people throught the years through his hundreds of movies. I think your comment was completely shallow.

      • Galahad

        ohhh shut up it was a joke and not a bad one at that

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