Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
2006 Feature Film
Gary Cole as Reese Bobby
Gary got rave reviews for his portrayal of Reese Bobby, the alcoholic father who abandoned young Ricky Bobby in this NASCAR comedy. When Reese reappears in the adult Ricky's life to help him relearn his driving skills, sparks fly!
Also starring: Will Ferrell, Michael Clarke Duncan, Greg Germann, John C. Reilly
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Critics' Comments

"Three cheers for Gary Cole as "Ricky's" self-destructive, alcoholic father who shows up to retrain him how to drive. As "Reese Bobby" he owns every scene he's in (hell, even scenes he isn’t in) and conclusively answers the question, "Is there anything Gary Cole can't do?!" (That would be no)." — www.aint-it-cool-news.com
"The superbly versatile Gary Cole turns ‘Reese’ into one of the most memorable beer-chugging, rage-aholic potheads ever seen." — Seattle Times
"The scenes of redemption feature the brilliant comic actor Gary Cole, as ‘Ricky’s’ ne’er-do-well dad, sharing the spotlight with Ferrell. Cole makes an exquisite dirtbag, disheveled and almost feral in his allergic reaction to traditional family life." — Sacramento Bee
"But the unexpected surprise here is sophisticated Gary Cole as ‘Ricky’s’ reprobate dad, who pops in and out of his life at the most inopportune times. Cole is priceless as a scruffy codger who is the worst father with the best intentions." — Wichita Eagle
"Predictably, Gary Cole again outshines his movie's lead performer and delivers a charming and complex villainous performance. Gary Cole is a new age comedic Robert Deniro, a talent capable of molding his personality into a variety of characters." — Miami Poetry Review
Gary Cole and Will Ferrell in Talladega Nights
Gary Cole featured in Talladega Nights
Gary Cole as Reese Bobby in Talladega Nights
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