Burt Reynolds has been admitted to the intensive care unit at a Florida state hospital, reported TMZ on Jan. 25. Reynolds was stricken with severe dehydration from the flu this season.
The aging “Smokey and the Bandit” star warranted specialized care when his condition worsened. The 76-year-old movie star is expected to make a full recovery.
This has been the worse flu season that has reached epidemic proportions in the United States; hitting the northeast the hardest. New York hospitals are overcrowded with patients coming in to be treated with complications from influenza.
Once the actor’s condition has stabilized, his doctors may then transfer him to a step down room at the hospital before being released to completely recover at home.
During Reynold’s earlier years, he attained the Florida State Drama Award, a scholarship to study at the Hyde Park Playhouse in Hyde Park, N.Y. Before his career took off in the movie and television industry, he performed on stage in New York for many years.
The sexy 1972 Cosmopolitan magazine centerfold model had relationships with actresses Tammy Wynette and Sally Field; along with tennis star Chris Evert and golf player Dinah Shore.
The Golden Globe Award winner married actress Loni Anderson in 1988; they ended up in a messy and publicized divorce in 1993.
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