Legendary Hollywood actor Kirk Douglas who’s appeared in nearly 100 movies throughout his career, passed away on February 5. He was 103 years old. The news was first reported by People, and included a special message from his son, Michael Douglas.
“It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103,” Michael, who followed his father’s footsteps into the industry, said in a statement: “To the world, he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies who lived well into his golden years, a humanitarian whose commitment to justice and the causes he believed in set a standard for all of us to aspire to.”
“But to me and my brothers Joel and Peter he was simply Dad, to Catherine, a wonderful father-in-law, to his grandchildren and great-grandchild their loving grandfather, and to his wife Anne, a wonderful husband.”
Michael ended his heartfelt message by saying, “Kirk’s life was well-lived, and he leaves a legacy in film that will endure for generations to come, and a history as a renowned philanthropist who worked to aid the public and bring peace to the planet,” Michael added. “Let me end with the words I told him on his last birthday and which will always remain true. Dad- I love you so much and I am so proud to be your son.”
Douglas was born on December 9, 1916, in Amsterdam New York, to parents Bryna Sanglel and Herschel Danielovitch. He grew up poor but eventually became one of the most famous actors during the Golden Age of Hollywood. In 1996, he was given an honorary Academy Award for his half-century of accomplishments in movies.
Throughout his career, the Spartacus star was nominated for three Oscars. In 1957, Douglas was nominated for Lust for Life, again in 1953 for The Bad and the Beautiful, and finally in 1950, for Champion.
Douglas, who famously starred in Spartacus and 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea had been in good health since suffering a stroke in 1996. He is survived Anne Buydens his wife of 65 years and his children Michael, Joel, and Peter. His youngest son Eric Douglas died at age 46 in 2004.
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A mere two months prior to his death, Douglas celebrated his 103rd birthday with his family. Michael, 75, and married to wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, celebrated his father’s birthday on the same day learned that he earned a Golden Globe nomination for his role in Netflix’s The Kominksy Method.
Michael posted a tribute on Instagram with the caption, “2.9.2019 what a great day! Thank you to the HFPA for the @GoldenGlobes nomination, and for making my Dad proud on his 103rd birthday! #TheKominskyMethod.”
In an earlier post that day, Michael shared another photo with his father with the caption, “Happy birthday Dad! You are a living legend and your entire family sends you all the love in their hearts! #KirkDouglas #103.”
Being in Douglas’ shadow was not always easy for Michael, who won the Oscar for Best Actor in 1987 for his role in Wall Street. Even Douglas once told People, “I think having a famous father was a pain in the ass for him.”
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