Burt Reynolds denies he's broke as he auctions 600 items

Mark Wallheiser/APFlorida State alumni and movie star Burt Reynolds

Mark Wallheiser/APFlorida State alumni and movie star Burt Reynolds

Yesteryear hunk Burt Reynolds wants fans to know he's not strapped for cash. He's just cutting back the clutter by selling a few things, like his People's Choice Awards and the canoe from “Deliverance.” And about 600 other items.

“I want everyone to know that contrary to what all the news outlets are saying, I am not broke,” he told “Entertainment Tonight” on Tuesday.

The auction is Dec. 11-12 in Las Vegas, and the memorabilia, photos and keepsakes are priced to move. Like a 1997 Dodge pickup with a portrait of Reynolds in “Smokey and The Bandit” (estimate: $8,000-$10,000). Or a motorized stagecoach ($40,000-$60,000) used during his wedding to Loni Anderson, now his ex-wife. There's even the Golden Globe for his role in 1997's “Boogie Nights” ($2,000-$3,000).

For bargain shoppers, there's the blue leather cowboy boots he wore in 1996's “Striptease” ($300-$500), or the hat from 1973's “The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing” ($200-$300).

Reynolds previously filed for bankruptcy, and has been duking it out with Bank of America over the foreclosure of a Florida mansion since 2011. But he has another motive for the auction: “Quite frankly, I am sick of so many pictures of myself in my own home.”

ROCK DECRIES 'WHITE INDUSTRY'

Chris Rock, director and star of the upcoming film “Top Five,” doesn't pull any punches in his essay about race and Hollywood in the new issue of The Hollywood Reporter.

“It's a white industry,” Rock says as he recounts the difficulties black performers face, including comedian Leslie Jones, whom he helped to win a spot on “Saturday Night Live.”

“She's about as funny as a human being can be, but she didn't go to Second City, she doesn't do stand-up at The Cellar and she's not in with Judd Apatow, so how the hell was she ever going to get through unless somebody like me says to Lorne Michaels, 'Hey, look at this person'?”

Rock also laments the status of other minorities in Hollywood.

“Is Hollywood Mexican enough?,” he asks. “You're in L.A., you've got to try not to hire Mexicans.”

QUICK TAKES

Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, has introduced legislation to name a rainbow-trimmed tunnel on U.S. Highway 101 after late comedian Robin Williams. … NBC News reporter Nancy Snyderman apologized on the “Today” show for violating her quarantine after being exposed to the Ebola virus.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Model Tyra Banks is 41. … Rapper Jay Z is 45. … Actress Marisa Tomei (“Parental Guidance”) is 50. … Actor Jeff Bridges (“The Big Lebowski”) is 65. … Bassist Bob Mosley of Moby Grape is 72.

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