Veteran actor Burt Reynolds will reportedly be moved out of the Intensive Care Unit after being hospitalized with the flu yesterday evening.
The Cannonball Run star was admitted to the hospital after being diagnosed with severe dehydration and a high fever. According to ABC News, the actor’s condition has improved enough that doctors are expected to move him out of the ICU shortly.
Burt Reynolds’ publicist Erik Kritzer said in a statement:
“Burt’s fever is down and we believe he should be taken out of ICU very soon.”
CNN reports that Kritzer has refused to disclose which Florida hospital the actor was admitted to on Friday evening. He explained that Burt Reynolds would like to keep that information private for the time being.
The actor’s publicist said:
“He is doing better at this time. We expect, as soon as he gets more fluids, he will be back in a regular room.”
According to TMZ, the actor’s nasty fever reportedly broke this morning. Considering family and friends had described Reynolds’ condition as “touch and go” earlier this week, reports of his transfer to a regular room is certainly good news. The actor’s publicist also told the celebrity gossip website that the actor would be moved at some point today.
Although Burt Reynolds was a box office giant during his heyday, the mustachioed actor and 70s sex symbol has kept a pretty low profile in recent years. Reynolds’ recent appearances include such television shows as Archer, My Name is Earl, and Burn Notice.
Internet Movie Database currently has the Smokey and the Bandit star attached to writer-director Mark Fauser’s upcoming comedy Standby. The film also stars Jason Alexander and Entourage alum Emmanuelle Chriqui.
As a lifelong fan of the Cannonball Run movies, it’s good to hear that the actor is on the mend. What is your favorite Burt Beynolds movie?