This winter hasn’t been kind to actor Burt Reynolds, who was admitted to a Florida area hospital last week with flu symptoms as well as dehydration. News soon spread that the 76-year-old star of the highly popular “Smokey and the Bandit” series of action films was hospitalized in intensive care.

Reynold’s manager made the announcement this week that his client has improved enough to be discharged from hospital care and that Reynolds is heading home for further recuperation.

Reynolds, who was the first male centerfold for “Cosmopolitan” magazine, once dated singer Dinah Shore and had a long relationship with actress Sally Field prior to marrying actress Lonnie Anderson. He is best known for such film roles as “Boogie Nights”, “Deliverance” and “The Longest Yard.”

His most recent hospitalization for the flu is Reynold’s second biggest health scare in the past two years. In 2010, the Golden-Globe winning actor successfully underwent heart bypass surgery.