Burt Reynolds, the virile Hollywood action star and former standout college football player, is reported to be in failing health after suffering a possible stroke, according to a new report.
Reynolds, 76, has suffered for years from drug and alcohol dependencies and has suffered heart and back problems, as well.
He had a quintuple heart bypass and surgeries on his back, according to the National Enquirer. He is supposedly strapped for cash and estranged from his family, including adopted son Quinton and former love Pam Seals.
“Burt is on borrowed time, and he’s living his final days in physical and emotional misery,” a source told the tabloid. “In the past few years, he’s been in a psych ward, drug and alcohol rehab, and undergone a quintuple heart bypass and back surgeries.
“He’s in tremendous pain from other injuries he suffered over the years, and he’s so feeble that his legs often buckle beneath him and he collapses.”
Reynolds, however, is still teaching a weekly acting class at his Burt Reynolds Institute for Film & Theater in Jupiter, Fla.
“Many of his students suspect Burt suffered a stroke because of the way he favors his left side, especially his left arm. Besides that, his speech is slurred, and he’s often difficult to understand,” the source said.
Reynolds had a long and successful career in Hollywood. He starred in such movies as “Smokey and the Bandit,” “The Longest Yard” “Boogie Nights” and the 1972 classic “Deliverance.”
He continues to work in an acting career that has spanned five decades. He last starred in the 2011 television movie “Reel Love” with LeAnn Rimes.