Burt Reynolds, Hollywood legend of 70s and 80s dies aged 82

US actor Burt Reynolds has died, aged 82.

He starred in numerous films including Deliverance and Boogie Nights.

A spokesman for Reynolds told the Press Association he died in Jupiter Florida after suffering a heart attack.

Spearheading the Smokey the Bandit and Cannonball Run franchises in the 1970s and 1980s, Reynolds notoriety soared, CNN reports.

After a slump in his career from the mid-1980s an Academy Award nomination for Boogie Nights in 1997 saw his fortunes rebound.

"I didn't open myself to new writers or risky parts because I wasn't interested in challenging myself as an actor. I was interested in having a good time," Reynolds wrote in his 2015 memoir ButEnoughAboutMe.

"As a result, I missed a lot of opportunities to show I could play serious roles. By the time I finally woke up and tried to get it right, nobody would give me a chance."

Reynolds also had more than his share of flops and tabloid moments, including an acrimonious divorce from former TV star Loni Anderson and a nearly nude centerfold in Cosmopolitan magazine.

He starred in films such as Deliverance and Boogie Nights. Source: Breakfast