Rattlesnake Bites Actor Cary Elwes Near Malibu Home

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MALIBU (CNS) - Actor Cary Elwes was taken to a hospital after being bitten by a rattlesnake while doing yard work near his Malibu home, it was reported today.

Elwes, 59, was airlifted to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on Saturday for treatment of a ``nasty'' rattlesnake bite, according to TMZ.com.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department did not confirm Elwes' identity, but paramedics were sent about 3 p.m. to the 23000 block of Pacific Coast Highway on a report of a snake bite and airlifted a person to the medical facility in unknown condition.

Elwes is an English actor and writer best known for his leading film roles in ``The Princess Bride,'' ``Robin Hood: Men in Tights'' and ``Saw.''

``Sources connected to Cary tell TMZ ... the 'Princess Bride' star was airlifted to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center,'' TMZ reported.

``We're told he was working outside when the accident happened -- it's unclear where he was bitten,'' according to TMZ. ``In any case ... our sources say it was serious enough that Cary required immediate medical attention, as we're told people around him felt it was a life-threatening injury. The good news ... Cary is going to make a full recovery and got the help he needed in time.''

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