06/25/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Burt Reynolds: I Was A Heart Attack Waiting To Happen

To put it bluntly: "I was a heart attack waiting to happen," Burt Reynolds told PEOPLE Friday night.

The 74-year-old Evening Shade and Smokey and the Bandit actor looks great, "feels fabulous" and wants to" live to be 199" after undergoing quintuple bypass surgery in March, he said before receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award for 50 years of film, TV and theatrical work by the Palm Beach International Film Festival.

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