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Moonshiner who appeared in 'Deliverance' pardoned

ATLANTA - A Georgia moonshiner who appeared in the movie "Deliverance" has received a presidential pardon for his crimes.

Randall Leece Deal, 66, was convicted in 1960 and 1964 for moonshining in North Georgia.

He was one of 16 pardons announced Wednesday by the White House.

"I had no idea it had been granted," Deal said Wednesday afternoon, as he was cooking dinner at his home in Rabun County, where he works for the sheriff's office. "Well, whoopee. I wanted to go out with a clean slate."

Deal said he was convicted when moonshining was common in the north Georgia mountains. He served two years probation for the 1960 conviction and two years probation for the 1964 conviction.

He said he applied for the pardon after hearing about another moonshiner who was pardoned in 2003.

"I figured if that guy could get one, why not me?" he said. "We're the same age."

In 1972's "Deliverance," Deal plays one of two brothers who encounter characters from Atlanta played by Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox and Jon Voight, who get lost looking for a river during a canoe trip.

He delivers the line, "It ain't nothing but the biggest (expletive) river in the state."

At the movie's Atlanta premier, he said he told his religious mother he never used the profanity.

"I told her, 'They lied to me. They dubbed that line in there. I didn't say that,' " he said.


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