September 17th, 2009
11:16 AM ET

Burt Reynolds checks into rehab!

This just in to the "Showbiz Tonight" newsroom– actor Burt Reynolds has checked into rehab! Reynolds' manager, Erik Kritzer just released this statement to "Showbiz Tonight".

"After a recent back surgery, Mr. Reynolds felt like he was going through hell and after a while, realized he was a prisoner of prescription pain pills.  He checked himself into rehab in order to regain control of his life.  Mr. Reynolds hopes his story will help others in a similar situation. He hopes they will not try to solve the problem by themselves, but realize that sometimes it is too tough to do on their own and they should seek help, as he did."  

Reynolds is best known for his performances in the "Smokey and the Bandit" films, his Academy Award nominated role in "Boogie Nights" and for dating a string of Hollywood's leading ladies including Sally Field and his former wife Loni Anderson.

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  1. joyce

    love ya baby, hang in there. love from a georgia peach who was an extra in smokey and the bandit..

    September 20, 2009 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Debra R

    Burt Reynolds for the woefully ignorant:

    Posed for the first nude male center fold of Gloria Steinman's magazine

    Stared in several movies that are now being poor remade

    And had a very successful TV show

    Google his name. and take a look at his career before you disrespect him

    He is making a courageous decision to confront his addiction.

    September 20, 2009 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  3. Debra R

    Wow john and lisa:

    John: What does her martial and physcial body have to do with this? Jumping into the shallow end of the pool are we? Maybe got turned down by a woman who is more of a man than you? BTW now I know why a "john" is someone who has to pay for sex.

    Lisa: Geez until you are in the same situation you can judge Carolyn. Obviously you have never been to rehab of any kind. The first step is to admit there is a problem and to take responsibility for your choice to take drugs or alcohol. Carolyn may not mince words and be all politically correct, but she is right! No one forces the pills down your throat but you.....

    September 20, 2009 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. DillyRat

    Well said, jj!
    Hang in there Burt

    September 19, 2009 at 4:01 am | Report abuse |
  5. John Loran

    People get addicted to pain meds because they take them after the physical pain is gone. Life can be pretty heavy to a lot of people and they do whatever than can to try to feel better.
    Hey, "Angry Carloyn", just a guess- you're single? You have the compassion of a rattle snake and I bet your fat.

    September 19, 2009 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ingi

    Best to you, Burt! Can't tell you how you've made me laugh over the years, thank you for those memories. Get better than ever and do a movie so we can see you again.

    September 18, 2009 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mary sc

    Way to go Burt. I am sure you are going make it. Lean on God for help. Other people should not judge but should support you.....

    September 18, 2009 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lisa in OC

    to angrycarolyn – you might be nicer if you were taking something for that sanctimoneous attitude. In fact, maybe some anger management counseling too.

    September 18, 2009 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. angrycarolyn

    What a crock....always the pain excuse for dipping into the pill bottle...i have had 16 surgeries in 7 years, from spinal surgery to open abdominal surgery and i never sucked the pills down or used the pain as an excuse to get pills. You blame everyone but yourself for the weakness. Get real!

    September 18, 2009 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  10. Shocker

    It is hard out here!!..Take it easy Burt we are behind you 100%!

    September 18, 2009 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  11. jj

    It is really sad when other women feel the need to state such cruel mean comments about another human being. Why is rudeness so acceptable in this new generation?

    Burt Reynolds was a huge motion picture star before a lot of you were born so back off ! Reality check, Guess what? Its not all about you!

    Start showing respect to people, you will be older someday, so the people who learn your observe your behavoir will be your caretakers someday.

    God bless you Burt.

    September 18, 2009 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jimmy

    Man, why do we blame everything on drug companies or doctors – or the system. The person who blamed pharma needs to take personal responsibility. If you decide to take pills, you pay the price – but alot of meds have improved the quality of people's lives. Can't have it both ways. Oh well – party on Dude.

    September 17, 2009 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Pastor Kathy Mayes

    God bless you Mr. Reynolds and you made the 1st step and God will
    make two. Lean and depend on God for he is your helper, and that is where all your help and strength comes from. Addiction has no age and no status. It affects all colors and etc. I pray that you will stay with
    the program and come back clean and sober. Most of all stay with God. Be Blessed in Jesus name.

    Pastor Kathy Mayes
    New Light Baptist Church
    Paris, Texas 75460

    September 17, 2009 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jeffwit

    Stick with the smokey burt! Best of luck !!

    September 17, 2009 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. esmesm

    Burt's been partying for years and is no stranger to the drug scene. Isin't he a little old to worry about Rehab?

    September 17, 2009 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Queen 822

    He was on an episode of the Golden Girls. What else was he on? What does he do?

    September 17, 2009 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Raul

    Any form of addiction is difficult to overcome. I wish Mr. Reynolds the best of luck!

    September 17, 2009 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  18. c

    get well soon burt! kudos to your courage to come out...prescriptions imo, are becoming just as bad as meth and coke! just because they hide behind the "legitimacy" of a prescription!!!

    September 17, 2009 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Carol Johnson

    Congratulations to Mr. Reynolds to coming forward about his addiction to prescription painkillers. Isn't it about time that we, as patients, begin to demand that the pharmaceutical companies develop new drugs that aren't addicting! Myself, and many friends have gone through the torture of being prescribed addicting anti-anxiety meds and painkillers, only to find ourselves addicted and thrown into hellish withdrawals! Way to go, Burt, let us know how you are doing!

    September 17, 2009 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Deborah

    Burt Reynolds is still alive?

    September 17, 2009 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |

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