Veteran actor Burt Reynolds has been admitted to intensive care for treatment for severe flu and dehydration.

Sky News reports that the 76-year-old - who is famous for his roles in films such as Boogie Nights, Smokey and the Bandit and Deliverance - was rushed to a Florida hospital after falling ill.

His representative Erik Kritzer told CNN that the star was "severely dehydrated" when he was admitted to hospital. He also said that Reynolds had requested the name of the medical facility be kept "private".

He added: "He is doing better at this time. We expect as soon as he gets more fluids, he will be back in a regular room."

Reynolds underwent a quintuple heart bypass procedure in 2010. The previous year he received treatment for a prescription drug addiction.