TORONTO — A frail Burt Reynolds stunned fans Saturday during a rare public appearance at the Wizard World Comic Con in Philadelphia.
The 79-year-old actor relied on a cane as he walked across the stage to take part in a Q&A session.
It was Reynolds’ first ever comic con appearance.
“I always enjoy talking to fans and I’m usually very pleased with their curiosity about my career,” he told philly.com before the event, “what I’m doing, what I’m not doing, and why I’m not doing more.”
Once one of the biggest movie stars in the world, Reynolds has had several health issues in the last decade.
The Smokey and the Bandit star had a quintuple heart bypass in 2010 and was hospitalized in early 2013 with influenza.
Earlier in his career, Reynolds suffered injuries that led to an addiction to pain killers.
Last year, he auctioned off hundreds of personal items amidst reports he was suffering financial problems. Reynolds, who has not done much on-screen work in recent years, lives in Florida and gives acting classes.
Reynolds’ second memoir, But Enough About Me, is scheduled to come out in November. He promises to dish on ex-loves like Sally Field, Dinah Shore and Loni Anderson and on people he’s worked with.
“I got along great with 98 per cent of them,” he said, “and a few of them I didn’t like at all.”
Reynolds’ long list of credits include movies like Deliverance and Boogie Nights as well as the TV series Evening Shade.
At Wizard World, Reynolds said Deliverance is the favourite of his movies.