Now the 79-year-old has dished about losing the ‘love of my life,’ Sally Field, who is 11 years his junior, in an interview for December’s Vanity Fair.
The couple were hot and heavy in the late 1970s and early 1980s and co-starred in four of Burt’s biggest hits – Smokey And The Bandit, Smokey And The Bandit II, The End, and Hooper.
‘I miss her terribly,’ he told the magazine. ‘Even now, it’s hard on me. I don’t know why I was so stupid.
‘Men are like that, you know. You find the perfect person, and then you do everything you can to screw it up.’
The veteran actor revealed he blamed himself for his poor track record with women and even warned them, saying: ‘It’s going to be awful sometimes.
‘And they say, “Oh, no, you’re not. That’s not you.” And I say, “It is me, and I don’t want to be that way. I hate that guy. But you’re going to see him, and I hope you don’t run away from me.”
‘They always say, “I’ll be able to handle it.”
‘They can’t handle it. And they don’t understand what they’ve done. And it’s not them. It’s me.’
Burt also talked about his bankruptcy, saying: ‘I paid everyone back,’ and his decision to put his lush 3.4 acre estate in Tequesta, Florida on the block.
Vanity Fair reported that he has received an offer of $4.9 million.
And he’s no doubt hoping his new memoir, But Enough About Me, will be a bestseller when it hits shelves on November 17.
Meanwhile, Sally was spotted out at the Women’s Media Center Women’s Media Awards in New York on Thursday.
The beautiful brunette, looking years younger than her age, wore a grey trouser suit with a silky sheen, a cream sweater and black and white brogue shoes.
She turns 69 on Saturday and, like Burt, she is presently single after going through two divorces.