In his heydey, Burt Reynolds was one of Hollywood's highest-paid and most-beloved movie stars. But as the 75-year-old actor has aged, his troubles have mounted.
In this latest round, Reynolds faces losing his 4-acre waterfront Florida estate to a mortgage lender seeking to collect $1.2 million. Merrill Lynch Credit Corp. filed a foreclosure lawsuit against the "Smokey and the Bandit" star Aug. 9, claiming he hadn't made a mortgage payment since Sept. 1, 2010, on his home in Hobe Sound.
"I am as surprised as everyone," Reynolds told ABCNews.com in a statement about the foreclosure action. "I thought my career and my life could not be going better. To all of the people who have had such faith in me and stuck by me through thick and thin, thank you. I know it is not the end of the world."
"There are a hell of a lot of other people worse off than I am, and my heart goes out to them," he added. "I will do like I've always done, keep my head up high and continue to move on down the road."
Despite Reynolds optimism, some say, the house is only the tip of the iceberg.
"He runs up bills and ignores them," a source familiar with Reynolds' financial state told ABCNews.com. "He owes millions of dollars to people. It's a sad state of affairs."
Merrill Lynch is asking a judge to order that Reynolds' home be sold to satisfy all debts, including a $750,000 second mortgage held by BankAtlantic, according to the suit obtained by South Florida's Sun-Sentinel newspaper.
The paper said the Mediterranean-style home, which has a swimming pool, private beach, boat dock, cinema and its own hair salon, is valued at $2.4 million. Reynolds put the 12,500-square foot home on the market in 2009 for $8.9 million but got no takers.
The source familiar with Reynolds' money problems claims the house is "falling apart" and "the land is what's worth the money."
If so, the house seems to be a reflection of Reynolds current financial state, which the source claims is also in shambles.
"Unfortunately, it's history repeating itself," the source said. "It sounds to me as if he's going to go bankrupt again."
The first time was in 1996, when Reynolds filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy following his messy divorce from actress Loni Anderson and failed investments in a Florida restaurant chain.
Reynolds originally purchased the home with Anderson, taking out a 25-year mortgage in 1994 for $1.5 million.
They married in 1988, adopted a son, Quinton, and separated five years later when Reynolds fell in love with cocktail waitress Pam Seals. Seals and Reynolds' relationship ended with dueling lawsuits, which they settled out of court.
At the height of his stardom in the late 1970s and early '80s, Reynolds was No. 1 at the box office five years in a row (a record still unmatched in Hollywood) following a string of hits including "Smokey and the Bandit," "Starting Over" and "Cannonball Run." He received nine People's Choice Awards, including five for favorite motion picture actor.
When he moved to television in the first half of the '90s he scored a hit with the sitcom "Evening Shade," winning his only Emmy Award.