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Daily Trivia – 11/7/11

Question: What is the name of the aircraft carrier that we see in both the beginning and ending of “Top Gun”?

A. USS Missouri
B. USS Intrepid
C. USS Enterprise
D. USS Alabama

Last Question: What pint-sized songwriter played Little Enos in all three Smokey and the Bandit movies?

Answer: Paul Williams

Paul Williams a legendary songwriter who penned some famous songs from the ’70s and ’80s, including Three Dog Night’s “An Old Fashioned Love Song“, the Carpenters’ “We’ve Only Just Begun“, and best of all, “Rainbow Connection” from The Muppet Movie!

In addition to his music career, Williams also acted in several movies and television shows. He played Virgil, the genius orangutan in Battle for the Planet of the Apes. On Feb. 9, 1973, Williams combined his singing and acting careers on the Tonight Show, singing a song dressed as Virgil:

He made numerous television appearances in the 1970s and 1980s, including guest appearances on Hawaii Five-O, Match Game ’79, The Love Boat, The Hardy Boys, The Odd Couple (as himself), The Muppet Show, The Fall Guy, and The Gong Show.

However, his most popular acting role was Little Enos Burdette in Smokey and the Bandit. He played the son of Big Enos (Pat McCormick), who bet the Bandit to get him to haul shipments to different states. In the original (1977) they got him to bootleg 400 cases of Coors beer from Texarkana, Texas to the “Southern Classic” in Georgia— in 28 hours:

In Smokey and the Bandit II (1980), the bandit had to haul an elephant to the GOP National Convention.

And in Smokey and the Bandit III, Burt Reynolds had a smaller role. This time, Big Enos (McCormick) and Little Enos (Williams) offering a sizeable wager on one’s ability to transport a shipment a large distance in a short period of time. Offering a slight twist, however, the offer is this time made to a retiring Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Gleason), betting $250,000 against his badge on his ability to transport a large stuffed fish from an eatery in Florida from Texas.