Billy Redden, the Banjo Boy from Deliverance, Speaks

My oral history of the filming of Deliverance is coming out in the September issue of Atlanta magazine. In the process of reporting it, I spoke with Burt Reynolds (hirsute star), John Boorman (short-fused English director), and Billy Redden. Redden played Lonnie, the somewhat deranged looking banjo savant. Turns out, he doesn’t know how to play the banjo and he’s not daffy. Today, Redden works at Walmart in Clayton, Georgia. Here he is, below, on a break from pushing carts around. For more on him and the rest of the crew, and how they made one of the great southern films of all time, buy the issue.