Burt Reynolds stepped out over the weekend for a rare public appearance at Wizard World Comic Con in Philadelphia. Best known as the 1977 legendary Trans Am driving bandit from the “Smokey and the Bandit” films, Reynolds, 79, appeared frail and walking with a cane as he chatted and answered questions with fans.
Burt Reynolds steps out at Comic Con
Burt Reynolds, dapper wearing rose-colored glasses and a black velvet jacket appeared to having a great time chatting with fans who were asking the former sex symbol questions such as what was his favorite film. Reynolds answered fans graciously stating “Deliverance” as his favorite film and that Sally Field was “the best leading lady I ever had.”
Burt Reynolds’ health issues taken toll on aging sex symbol
Over the past few years Burt Reynolds has worried fans with his constant health scares including back surgery in 2009 and a quintuple bypass in 2010 that led many to believe that the aging former sex symbol was nearing his end.
The “Boogie Nights” actor also recently experienced some major financial setbacks forced to file bankruptcy in 1998, and in 2011 he was reportedly facing foreclosure on his Jupiter, Fla. home. “I think it’s a good time to find out what it’s all about,” Reynolds told Philly.com in an interview before the weekend gig. “I always enjoy talking to fans and I’m usually very pleased with their curiosity about my career, what I’m doing, what I’m not doing, and why I’m not doing more.”