Burt Reynolds' alarmed friends are petrified he has Parkinson's disease, RadarOnline.com has learned.
The 80-year-old Smokey and the Bandit actor is reportedly spending his final days holed up at his Tequesta, Fla., home and is barely able to walk without his black cane.
In a bombshell exclusive, Radar can reveal that friends claim ailing Burt is showing many of the signs of early Parkinson's disease — a tremor in his hand, zero expression on his face and stiffness in his joints.
"On some days, Burt struggles to get off the couch," an insider said. "He knows something is wrong but is refusing to see a specialist just in case it's bad news."
Instead, the twice-divorced Deliverance star spends most of his days shut away in the cushy home he shared with second wife Loni Anderson during their tumultuous five-year marriage, which ended in 1993.
His rep, Erik Kritzer, denied any problems saying, "Burt just finished a four-week movie entitled Dog Years and he is doing great and is the happiest I have seen him in years."
But snitches on the movie's Knoxville, Tenn., set told Radar the star had to be helped by minders during the June shooting.
While Burt was rumored to have battled a slew of health woes over the past few decades — from drug and alcohol rehab to a quintuple heart bypass — he has never faced such a terrifying medical issue.
"Burt needs to man up and get a medical examination to find out if he does have Parkinson's so that he can finally put his mind at ease, once and for all," said a source.