Burt Reynolds’ frail appearance has fans concerned about his overall health. On Saturday, the 79-year-old actor made a rare appearance at Philadelphia’s Wizard World Comic Con. Although he participated in a Q&A session without issue, Reynolds appeared to be alarmingly feeble.
Examiner reports fans were stunned when the former Hollywood heartthrob entered the venue with the assistance of a cane. They were further concerned as he seemed to be unusually weak and gaunt.
Questions about Burt Reynolds’ frail appearance date back to June 2013. At the age of 77, the iconic actor was honored with the “Alpha Male” award during the Spike TV’s Guy’s Choice Awards.
As reported by Daily Mail, Reynolds has undergone numerous surgical procedures to enhance his looks. Although the surgeries “drastically altered his appearance,” fans were specifically concerned about the actor’s physical health.
Just saw some pics of Burt Reynolds at Comic Con. Poor thing looks extremely frail and sickly; as if he has had a stroke. Poor guy!
— Anne (@athorpeus1) May 12, 2015
In 2009, Burt Reynolds entered a rehabilitation facility, as he was reportedly battling an addiction to prescription painkillers. One year later, he underwent a quintuple bypass surgery.
Although he had numerous health issues in the years leading up to the event, his frail appearance at the Guy Choice Awards was blamed on “a near fatal bout of flu.” Unfortunately, two years later, Burt Reynolds’ health remains a point of concern.
A native of Lansing, Michigan, Reynolds had dreams of becoming a professional football player. Although he attended Florida State University on a football scholarship, he suffered a serious injury — which forced him to rethink his plans for the future.
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— Pius Charles Murray (@PCMurray03878) May 12, 2015
Burt Reynolds eventually focused his efforts on acting and appeared in several television programs throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s. However, he got his big break with a role in the 1972 film Deliverance.
Throughout his career, Reynolds was honored with two Golden Globes, a Primetime Emmy Award, and six People’s Choice awards.
He is best known for his lead role in the 1977 film Smoky and the Bandit and his supporting role in the 1997 film Boogie Nights.
As reported by IMDB, Reynolds was a world-renowned male sex symbol, who was voted Glamor’s Sexiest Actor Alive on numerous occasions. His iconic strong and rugged image makes it even more difficult for fans to accept his weakened stated.
Burt Reynolds’ has not discussed his frail appearance, or responded to rumors about his failing health.
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