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Heart surgery gives Burt Reynolds 'new pipes'

By Alan Duke, CNN
Actor Burt Reynolds won a Golden Globe for his work in the 1997 movie "Boogie Nights."
Actor Burt Reynolds won a Golden Globe for his work in the 1997 movie "Boogie Nights."
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Actor Burt Reynolds, 74, has had "speedy recovery" from bypass surgery
  • Doctors at Florida hospital performed planned operation on actor last week
  • Manager said all reports implying that he was rushed to hospital are untrue
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Los Angeles, California (CNN) -- Burt Reynolds is feeling great now that he "has a great motor with brand new pipes," his manager said Wednesday.

Doctors at a Florida hospital performed a planned heart bypass operation on the veteran actor last week, Erik Kritzer said. He did not name the hospital.

"All reports that are implying he was rushed to a hospital are completely untrue, as he has had this operation scheduled for over a month," Kritzer said.

Reynolds, who celebrated his 74th birthday last month, returned home to continue his "speedy recovery," he said.

In September, Reynolds checked into a drug rehab clinic "to regain control of his life" after becoming addicted to painkillers prescribed following back surgery, his manager said.

Reynolds was an Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner for his role as a porn producer in the 1997 movie "Boogie Nights."

His film career, which started in 1961, also included starring roles in the movies "Deliverance," "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Cannonball Run."

CNN's Brittany Kaplan contributed to this report.

 
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