Warren Beatty has denied having sex "with 12,775 people".

Annette Bening and Warren Beaty

Annette Bening and Warren Beaty

The legendary actor - who was linked to Madonna, Julie Christie, Barbra Streisand, Cher and Dame Joan Collins in the past - has rubbished claims made in a 2010 biography that he bedded thousands of partners before he married his wife Annette Bening because it would have been impossible.

Speaking to AARP The Magazine, he said: "Think about it, sleeping with 12,775 people. That would mean not just that there were multiple people a day, but that there was no repetition."

However, the 79-year-old 'Bonnie and Clyde' star didn't deny his sex symbol status but is adamant he never took advantage of the women who threw themselves at him.

He explained: "Look, I never misled anyone. And... and I'm a nice guy."

Warren eventually married 'American Beauty' star Annette in his fifties and the couple went on to have four children, Stephen, 24, Benjamin, 22, Isabel, 19, and 16-year-old Ella.

The actor believes he settled down at the right time because he was keen to start a family and so was Annette.

He said: "I waited a long time to be married... I always knew I wanted to have children. I wanted to do it well, and I wanted to do it with someone who felt the same way. I'm an attentive father, I have to struggle somewhat not to be overly attentive. It's a burden to be the child of not only one famous parent, but two."

Warren is gearing up for the release of his new movie 'Rules Don't Apply,' which is set in 1950s Los Angeles and also stars Lily Collins and Alden Ehrenreich.