Actor Burt Reynolds passes away at age 82

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 22:  Actor Burt Reynolds speaks during a Q&A session at the Los Angeles premiere of
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 22: Actor Burt Reynolds speaks during a Q&A session at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Last Movie Star" at the Egyptian Theatre on March 22, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)

ACCLAIMED actor Burt Reynolds has passed away overnight at the age of 82.

The Academy Award-nominee passed away following a reported heart attack in the early hours of this morning Australian time.

Reynolds was best known for his roles in Deliverance, The Longest Yard (both the original and the remake) and Smokey and the Bandit.

In 1997, Reynolds was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Academy Awards for his role as pornographic filmmaker Jack Horner in Boogie Nights.

An icon of the 70s, Reynolds was also well-known for having passed on several leading roles in films which went on to become Hollywood blockbusters.

He rejected the role of Han solo in Star Wars and Bruce Willis’ role in Die Hard, among others.