FLORIDA (CNN) — Actor Burt Reynolds is in intensive care in a Florida hospital, where he went for treatment of flu symptoms, one of his representatives said Friday.
Reynolds was dehydrated when he went to the hospital, and was eventually transferred to its intensive care unit, his representative Erik Kritzer told CNN. Kritzer declined to say what hospital the actor was in, saying, “He would like that (kept) private.”
“He is doing better at this time,” Kritzer said late Friday afternoon. “We expect, as soon as he gets more fluids, he will be back in a regular room.”
Reynolds got his start in Hollywood in the late 1950s, and went on to star in a number of TV series including “Gunsmoke” and in movies, including the “Cannonball Run” and “Smokey and the Bandit” series. According to IMDB (Internet Movie Database), the Georgia-born Reynolds is 76 years old.
AIDS? I remember when he had wasting symptoms back in the '90s but it was all kept very hush hush.
No. The flu this season is wicked.
He looks embalmed already.
Did Sally Field call him to wish him well?
Fuck off and die, r1.
What is up with all the nasty AIDS trolls on this site. Why isn't the webmaster banning these assholes. Why is bigotry against AIDS patients allowed here?
Is he seroconverting?
Agreed r5. Sick of these posters. One person even said Obama has POZ face. Just shut up already.
I agree for the most part, R5. But in this case, at least, the Burt Reynolds AIDS rumors actually were a major gossip point at the time R1 describes.
There are insensitive and divisive posters here using AIDS talk as a cheap laugh, a weapon, and an insult. But R1 wasn't representing that group.
In general, there is a group of trolls who are playing the "gay doesn't really exist and gay culture and community do not exist because we don't care" game. They are especially nasty and I do wish the webmistress would recognize what is unacceptable here - fundamental homophobia in action, whether from straight haters or in-house homophobes.
That was huge story back when I was a kid...that Reynolds had AIDS.
All over the tabloids and he looked awful (at the time).
Hard to believe he was once the world's biggest movie star. Yes, he was f'ing, f'me sexy in 'Deliverance', but then he started to take on those red-neck roles, and turned down parts like Jack Nicholson's paet in "Terms Of Endearment",and
eventually became such an angry, waxy mess.
Burt was injured very badly on the set of a movie he did with Clint Eastwood and Irene Cara. He was hit with what supposed to be a fake chair, but was real. His jaw was badly broken and he was reclused for a while. When he recovered, he had lost a good deal of weight, causing the AIDS rumors.
Joan Rivers escalated the rumors on the Tonight show, causing a rift between them (Burt was actually good friends with Joan) and supposedly pissing off Carson, who was also friends with Burt.
The end is near.
Okay, R7, Obama having poz face is kind of funny because its so ridiculous. LOL!!!!
I give him a week. RIP.
Who was that ridiculous blond woman he was with for a while? Some outlandish television actress from WKRP Cincinnati or something?
RE 15 Hello ????
DAMN!!! This could swing some votes to Sally Field.
[quote]DaleThat was huge story back when I was a kid...that Reynolds had AIDS.
All over the tabloids and he looked awful (at the time).
He did not have AIDS, he had terrible TMJ. He used to lay in the dark and couldn't eat b/c the pain headaches were so bad. He finally had his teeth recapped and some other work done by a competent dentist.
This can happen. I have a congenital deformity of the jaw that has caused osteoarthritis and TMJ - so does my brother. I used to headaches so bad, I would be out of school or work for a week.
Say what you will about Burt, but he made three or four really great movies. I loved "Deliverance" and could watch it once a week. Great movie. I loved "Sharky's Machine" in the early '80s (a loose semi-remake of 1944's "Laura"), and "Boogie Nights", just a terrific ensemble piece. Burt rocked in all three of those. As a guilty pleasure, I always loved the first "Smokey & The Bandit". Burt was smokin' hot back in the day, toupee or not. R15, Yes Burt was with Loni Anderson from WKRP for quite a few years and supposedly treated her like shit, just like he did with Sally Field and Judy Carne. As an aside, WKRP was one of my favorite TV shows ever and I loved Loni on it.
R19, he also was a sexy talk show (specifically Johnny Carson) guest.
[quote]Hard to believe he was once the world's biggest movie star.
He's almost completely forgotten today, but you're right.
I remember an Academy Awards ceremony where Letterman or Steve Martin poked fun at the fact that Mickey Rooney, formerly the biggest box office draw in the world, was seated far, far in the back.
There wasn't a lot of laughter.
He was good in Starting Over.
He was not nominated but leading ladies Jill Clayburgh and Candy Bergen were in lead and supporting, respectively.
The next time Burt hosted SNL they used that as a joke (both Jill and Candy had hosted) and Burt went along with the joke.
I used to wish he was my dad.
Has he even had a hit since Boogie Nights from '97?
In the 70s, Burt was the #1 box office attraction IN THE WORLD, and considered the sexiest man alive. Plus he dated America's sweethearts, Sally Field and Dinah Shore (a much older woman).
Burt was in on all the jokes - he even was the first male nude centerfold, in Cosmopolitan magazine.
Then he became a parody of himself. How the mighty have fallen. Even when he got an Oscar nomination for "Boogie Nights" he was bitter about Hollywood and his career.
I don't understand why his movie "Cop and a Half" got such bad reviews. It was a fun, silly comedy. I liked it when it came out when I was a kid and I still like it whenever they air it now.
I never did like that stupid "Evening Shade" show. I always thought it was boring, but again, I was just a kid when it aired.
How did he become so broke??
The bank is kicking him out of his house in Florida (which the bank says is now a total wreck and might have to be demolished), he has umpteen liens and creditors if the printed media is to be believed. Jesus, he was the highest paid actor for something like 5 years in a row at his height.
Did his exwife take the money and run?
Hang in There Daddy
RE 26 - good ? Hair too long, and too blonde , for her age, frozen face, overly collegened lips.....need I go on ? She only looks good if you live in Beverly Hills - than, she looks normal, along with Taylor Armstrong, Adrianne Maloof, etc.
Haven't heard about Burt since 'Boogie Nights'.
He should've won the Academy Award for Starting Over. Not to mention Deliverance. That Academy is just jealous. You put Mr. Sir Lawrence Olivier in Cannonball Run and see what HE can do!
I can't believe he wsa almost the age I am now (49) 30 years ago when I was a 19 year old. I must've thought he was a hot daddy back then.
He was a beautiful, gorgeous man. I hope he recovers quick.
Looks like his time may be up.
What's on his Ipod?
Dueling Harps, R35.
Has the AIDS.
Didn't he end up addressing the AIDS rumors because he felt it was affecting his ability to get jobs?
He did a wonderful, quirky British indie film a couple of years ago called A BUNCH OF AMATEURS. He plays a washed up Hollywood action hero who gets a what he thinks is a gig with the RSC to play LEAR, but is really with an amateur dramatic group in the small town of Stratford Saint something or other....it is actually very fun, and he is charming in it, as he was as the mayor in MYSTERY ALASKA.
R29, we are talking about actors, so duh, yes she looks good for Hollywood. Not your grand mother.
If you know anything about her, she always had that over the top look.
And the best plastic sergery money could buy. She could have ended up like this:
Burt had his issues (anger, etc.), but he was very gay friendly. He had a lot of gay friends and was very tolerant of us. I worked on two of his movies (crew) in the 70s and he knew I was as gay as Dorothy but he always treated me with respect. I even confessed to him that I had a huge crush on him and he laughed it off and said he was grateful for his fans and friends, no matter who they were. Was very courteous and charming. Great sense of humor too. I really liked him. One of the nicer stars I ever dealt with. I wish him a speedy recovery.
R41 That's nice to hear. I always figured he was gay-friendly. I remember him on Graham Norton years ago joking that Graham had a purty mouth when they were talking about Deliverance. He seems like a nice guy.
I loved Evening Shade. I'm going to put it on my Netflix cue before he dies and it ends up long wait.
He had to have been somewhat gay-friendly to have worked with Michael Jeter in "Evening Shade." How come that series is never in syndication?
R43 "Evening Shade" isn't on Netflix, I'm afraid.
Funny I just put it on my queue.
R37, we understand now the secret of both your "health" and your meanness.
R46 Is it really? When I was looking for it last year, they didn't have it.
Now I'm going to add it!
I hope he's ok. I don't like these celebrities from my youth getting older and dying on me.
I love Burt. I hope he recovers soon.
That's all I want to write.
I always liked Burt and thought he was sexy as hell (back in the day, of course). Very under-rated actor, too. I know the reason he has been under-rated is because he made far more bad movies than good. Look at his Rotten Tomatoes page for an example. Probably 100 poorly rated movies. He was great in Deliverance, The Longest Yard, Mel Brooks' Silent Movie (totally parodied his image, hilarious), Smokey & The Bandit, The End, Starting Over, Sharky's Machine (a previous poster mentioned Sharky's Machine, I had forgotten completely about that one. Very good one. He directed it too, I believe), Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (a guilty please, plus it had DOLLY), and years later, Boogie Nights (one of his best performances). I loved when he would host The Tonight Show in the '70s. He could have carried his own talk show if he had desired.
I'm with you, R50. It seems like just yesterday that he was Hollywood's cock of the walk (in more ways than one). I hate seeing the great ones from the sixties, seventies and eighties kicking off. Makes me feel like I'm even more 'eldergay' than I am.
I think the sexiest he ever looked was in the first Smokey & The Bandit. He looked smoldering hot in that red shirt, tight jeans with the great bulge, boots and the cowboy hat. He was already in his early 40's at that point, but I think that was his peak of sexiness (even though he wore a toupee and I read that his bulge was actually padding sewn into a pocket inside the front of the pants). He was also sexy as fuck in Deliverance. He wasn't wearing his rug in that one and looked F-I-N-E with the receding hairline. I think I'm gonna go watch "Deliverance" right now. Lol.
I wish he had done fewer of those light-weight "good ole boy" comedies. I'm sure he saw dollar signs and those movies did rake in the bucks (until the early 1980s). If he had done fewer of those and more dramas, action films and a few 'serious art house films', he would be regarded as one of the all-time greats today. I'm sure he's had more than a few regrets about the quality of his film career, but at least he was in a few true classics.
I love him, too.
The Ghost of Dinah Shore
More people that confuse popularity with quality. Burt was no 1 in the 1970s, but he was also one of the worst actors in shitty movies.
RI P you idiot.
Prior to his health issues in the mid-1980's, Burt Reynolds was one of the sexiest men who ever strutted this earth. Jesus H. Christ, that beatiful hairy chest, that gorgeous ass, those perfect legs, that godlike face. The mustache (much like Tom Selleck's) only added to his sex appeal. I always loved his sense of humor (though he seems to have lost much of that over the years. Seems slightly bitter in more recent interviews. Possible due to his health issues).
Yes, he was a sexy one!!! Seethed sexuality.
I find it hilarious that when I was 18 or 20 years old in the late 1970's, Burt Reynolds was my ideal man. So fucking sexy. I look at 18 to 20 year old gays today and they idolize that girly Justin Bieber, that goofy Taylor Lautner and that scrawny Harry Styles geek. Boy, times have changed. Most of the younger guys probably think Burt was gross because he weighed over 100 pounds and had (gasp!) body hair.
Apparently, his biggest career disappointment was losing the role of Sonny (the James Caan role) in The Godfather. He could have been great in that...he even resembled a younger Marlon Brando at that time.
I can't help but think that posing for Cosmo just as he was becoming an international movie star knocked him out of consideration for serious roles with important directors of the era.
I remember Sally was asked if he was gay she didn't say no..
[quote]Burt had his issues (anger, etc.), but he was very gay friendly. He had a lot of gay friends and was very tolerant of us
Tolerant? I hate that expression. It makes it seem like he "put up " with gays. Burt has and had many gay friends which he loves. Believe it or not one of his closet friends was Charles Nelson Reilly.
He does not come off well in Loni's autobiography, "My Life In High Heels"...she describes him as being pretty self-absorbed and basically dumping her for that tacky "hostess" in Florida...I did hear from a friend who was connected to Carson that by the 90s Burt had developed severe depression issues and was medicated all over the place...on top of that the painkillers and the Halcion just pushed him into Neely O'Hara territory.
[quote]Believe it or not one of his closet friends was Charles Nelson Reilly.
LOL! I hope that was intentional and not a typo!
R62, in an interview she gave in Playboy she said that she would not let her son maintain contact with him. Is this the son who ended up gay, anyway?
R63, This is R41. "Tolerant" was a poor choice of words on my part. Sorry if I offended. I see your point. Note: Yes, Charles Nelson Reilly was one of his dearest friends.
Always loved Burt. Like a couple of other people have said, I wish he had made more good movies than he did.
I would have gnawed the skidmarks out of his Fruit of the Looms.
"Very under-rated actor, too"
That's what they said for 20 years. He was only good in Deliverance and Starting Over. The rest was shit.
He and his agent had the absolute worst taste in scripts -- he could have done anything from 1975 to 1978 because of his popularity. And what did he do? Shit. Then complained. Then made fun of DeNiro's acting style.
I loved the "Deliverance II" sketch Burt did on the original Saturday Night Live. It was in the final season with the original cast (circa early 1980). Burt LOOKED FUCKING AMAZING! At the end of the sketch, Burt and the guys he's boating with end up having a huge orgy in their tent (while the Village People's Macho Man plays). Hilarious. Not to mention... FUCKING HOT!!!
Cahulawassee Banjo Boy
There were rumours in the '80s that Burt and Tom Selleck had a long hot fling. I doubt it's true, but it makes for a hot fantasy.
I never understood why he didn't have the career that Clint Eastwood or the other guys had. He had the star power at the time but I think it went to his head, he was stuck in 1977 and refused to grow out of it.
Everything R91 says is true, but Clooney went the same direction with his Oceans movies (which were just as big a grab-ass vanity project as Smokey and the Bandit), but Clooney has managed to hold it together, and Burt became a joke. Why?
Clooney was smart because he went behind the scenes and directed and produced his movies like Clint and Redford. I guess Burt was too dumb for that. I just sense a lot of bitterness from him.
I remember the night that one aired, R89. I remember swiping a blank videocassette (they were very expensive at the time) from my dad's "media room" to record the show because Burt was on it. I sure didn't regret it once that sketch came on. It drove my 14 year-old libido into overdrive. Even though I knew a crew member was moving the walls of the tent and moaning and Burt was backstage changing for the next skit, it was still boner inducing. And yes, Burt did look amazing that night.Tomm
R85 Shit, dude. He could have worn one of Dolly Parton's fucking wigs and I eould have still tapped that shit.
R89 Every skit Burt appeared in on that episode of SNL was extremely homoerotic. Do you remember his monologue where he invited the cute guy on stage with him? He sat on the edge of the stage with his arm over the guy's shoulder. At one point he asked the young guy, "You married?" The guy said, "No". Burt replied, "You fool around?" I almost came in my jeans. Burt was all over that guy like a cheap suit.
Hot Hot Hot
If I remember correctly, R96, that S.N.L. episode with Burt also included one of the all-time grossest skits, "The Vomitorium". Funny, but sick.
Bill Murray's Pock Marks
R90, I remember reading about Burt and Selleck in one of the gossip rags in the mid-80s. I think it was The Enquirer. I remember thinking if it was true I would love to walk in on one of their daliances.
I loved that Deliverance II sketch. Hysterical and hot at the same time.
Anita 'It's not just for breakfast anymore' Bryant
Agreed, R96. There was a lot of homoeroticism on that Burt hosted SNL. Remember the fake commercial for "The Burt Book"? It was a bio/picture book for "lonely women". At the end the voiceover said, "The Burt Book. Not necessarily for women only." I laughed because that's what I always thought about him ("not necessarily for women only").
Why isn't that SNL Deliverance sketch on line anywhere????
I need it NOW!
Though Burt was perhaps the most popular male film star of the 1970s, the important directors of the era like Scorsese, Coppola, de Palma, et. al. wouldn't have cast Burt if he was willing to work for free.
His reputation and image were ruined by too many comical TV talk show appearances, which were ironically also what made him so hugely appealing to the general public.
Contrary to r88's and other's claims, I don't think Burt was ever considered for prestige film projects in the 1970s.
Clooney may have done those Ocean films, but remember they were directed by Soderbergh and cast with the cream of the younger Hollywood acting pool....hardly comparable to Smokey and the Bandit.
He used to knock his women around-Sally Field, Loni, Judy Carne and gorgeous Inger Stevens, who wound up dead while dating Burt. She had bruises on her face and wrist when she was found and Burt admitted hitting her the night she died. Some people think he killed her. Didn't it also seem like Dinah was a beard????????? I always thought major closet case, who dated these women to prove he was straight. Today he's a joke-with his wig, contacts, false teeth, face-lifts, fanny tucks etc. He did look his best in the late60s-early 70s. Very handsome in that period.
The Deliverance sketch is on Hulu. I watched it this morning after reading how "Hot" it was.
Watch it and see how hot it wasn't.
He has a hairy arse.
R104, you neglected to point out that Judy Carne turned into a lesbian after her marriage to Burt.
Liza had a brief affair with him during the making of Lucky Lady. She was married to Jack Haley,jr. at the time and told him that it was her half sister Lorna Luft who was seeing Burt.
"I don't think Burt was ever considered for prestige film projects in the 1970s."
He was considered for Michael Corleone, but Brando refused to act alongside him. Hitchcock also wanted him for FAMILY PLOT. Then of course he was offered Jack Nicholson's role in TERMS, which he declined. Burt was loyal to his friends, that was his biggest problem. And it caused him to lose out on several high profile roles.
As the number one box office star in the country, it's ludicrous to think that he wasn't going to be attached to many films.
"Clooney may have done those Ocean films, but remember they were directed by Soderbergh and cast with the cream of the younger Hollywood acting pool...."
LOL. Hardly. None of those men were under thirty five when they did it. And aging Julia Roberts??
He dated Chris Evert for five minutes in the mid-70s.
R109, I never believed any of that because Burt was such a liar. Michael Corleone? That's an absurd lie.
R108 There is an interview in ...12 !! parts on youtube with Liza and Lorna.
Liza says in the first segment maybe second that she was having an affair with a darling man Burt Reynolds and told her husband it was Lorna. I do remember that Lorna and Burt was linked together.. maybe he did them both.
Doing either of them is nothing to be proud of.
I found a photo of Burt presenting. It's from the 1972 paperback [bold]BURT REYNOLDS - Hotline: The Letters I Get... and Write[/bold] and contains several interesting pages of beefcake photos.
When I was ten, my mother bought a copy at the corner drugstore (which I of course read) and like the title implies, it's a compilation of endearingly saucy if not outright salacious fan mail from early 70s flyover women [italic]and[/italic]a few men. This site link also has the rest of the photos from the book with a few sample pages of several letters that are in the book. Here are two that I found amusing.
[quote]My dear Mr. Reynolds,
[quote]I am sure you receive hundreds of fan letters daily. However, I assume my letter is unique in that I am a gay male. I hope this doesn't turn you off. I can think of no one who is more deserving of all the recognition you have been getting. Brother, you really turn me on! I would give anything for one hour with you. Please answer. Yours for the asking.
[quote]+++++++++++++++++++R.D., Normal, ILL.
A fan is a fan is a friend no matter what current he/she/ it operates on, AC or DC. Thanks for being one of mine.[/italic]
[quote]Hi, Sensuous Man!
[quote]Here's the situation: I am receptionist/secretary for the Kentucky State Department of ________ and about a month ago I wrote you a very warm letter. I sort of hinted at the good time you could expect if you ever came to Frankfort and looked me up. I also enclosed a snapshot of myself so you could see just who you'd be getting into, if you'll pardon my Swahili. You'll have to admit I got some points going for me.
[quote]Knowing what a red-blooded hunk of stud you are, I thought sure you'd be taking me right up on my invitation. Every day for the last month when I come back from lunch I ask my relief, "Did Burt Reynolds call while I was out?" The answer is always "No&mdash much to my embarrassment. What would a girl have to have to get a rise out of you? (Again pardon my Swahili!) Okay, you don't have to pay me a visit. But can't you least give a girl a call so she can get rid of her red face?
The problem, dear Bev, is that I might not be "up" to you. (Yes, I too speak Swahili.) You're probably more girl than I could [/italic]handle. [italic]You do indeed have some points going for you&mdashtwo of them are nothing short of outstanding. I mustn't call. I wouldn't do anything to "get rid" of that pretty face, no matter what color it is.[/italic]
He's exhibit A for why some actors need the studio system. He needed a Louie B Mayer to manage his career, pick his roles, handle his PR, clean up his messes, keep him out of Cosmo, and make sure his income taxes got paid.
I've always thought he was hiding something, maybe something very serious, concerning the "suicide" of Inger Stevens:
I always felt he had a huge chip on his shoulder. Public loved him but he did not know how to navigate middle age and health issues are horrible. Show business can be mean. I keep wondering when Tom Cruise will no longer be supported by studios and what he will do as his Plan B.
I remember when he was asked if he got upset about not getting an Oscar nomination, he said, "I'm the number one box office star in America, that is my award."
Burt is so gay he may as well have it tattooed on his forehead. Who were his inner most circle of friends? He "dated" Dinah. He Married Judy Carne, a lesbian. He had a long term relationship with Sally Field, who went on to breed with a gay man who exited the closet to end their marriage.
His "Loni" thing was all about publicity and financial security for her. He had a terrible relationship with his much older father who was never proud or pleased by his fame. There are at least 5 other connections, but you get the point. I live about 5 minutes from him in FL. Everyone loves him here, but absolutely no one thinks he's straight. He is very ill, and will be gone soon. ARC.
Saddles, LA bar. Anyone remember it? See him there?
Wasn't one of his pals R. Urich?
There should be a Chris Ever thread about how she was such a big slut.
Burt always pinged for me, big time. I never once thought he was heterosexual. What others have said about Dinah was true... Beard! I never bought Burt and Sally as a couple either. Pure publicity. The Loni thing? I agree with the previous poster. It was for her financial security and their mutual publicity. Amazing, for such a ladies man that he never fathered a child with any of them. All of his friends were either gay or rumored to be. I think the truth will "come out" one day.
Sheriff Buford T. Justice
Didn't he father Quentin with loni? Still think he is gay.
R125 - No, the child was adopted.
Yes, Burt pinged for me as well. I wonder what the gossip is about that.
The "Burt" episode of "Golden Girls" is on WE right now.
Golly gee. Maybe someday he'll be brave and courageous like me after 60 Years in the closet and marry just like me. After all the heavy lifting for equal rights is done.
Goober says hey!
I agree with r24. He never "pinged" as hetero for me, not at all. Why the rumors of abuse/violence? Why no kids of his own, no stable marriage? Why pals who are rumored to be pals of Dorothy?
Never thought he was sexy. And never thought he was straight.
Oh, the stories I could tell. The stories I could tell...
But, I'm dead, so I can't say anything.
The Spectre of Jackie Gleason
J. Nabors (newlywed)
I don't think he was gay. Gay friendly, but not gay.
He always wanted to be taken seriously as an actor, but he was always doing things to fuck it up. Around the time of "Deliverance" is when he did the nude Cosmo centerfold, which may have ruined his chances for an Oscar nomination. He did a controversial interview in Playboy magazine where he fumed about how guys like Dustin Hoffman, Al Pacino and Robert DiNiro get all the Oscars. In the interview he said he could the same movies that they did and be just as good, or better. That didn't help him, either.
Those stupid Smokey and the Bandit movies cemented his image as a superficial actor who could only do lightweight roles.
It broke his heart when Robin Williams won the Academy Award instead of him. He was on Inside the Actor's Studio and when James Lipton asked him "If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?" he answered "you should have won."
He was probably at his best in "Deliverance."
No one has mentioned "The Longest Yard." That was a good movie! The role suited him very well (he played Paul Crew, a self-centered former football player) and he gave a very good performance.
Any update on his hair?
R136, Hi, Loni. The hair washed down the drain decades ago. You mean to tell me that, after the divorce, you didn't get visitation rights with the wigs? Girl, you should have gotten yourself a better lawyer. My hair, incidentally, is all my own.