Actor Michael Douglas has announced on Wednesday that his father, Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas, has passed away at age 103. The screen legend appeared in more than 80 films including the Hollywood classic, “Spartacus”. He was nominated for three Academy Awards and awarded an honorary Oscar for his service to the movie industry.
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It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103. 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. 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. 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. #KirkDouglas
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Michael Douglas revealed on Instagram that: “It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103.” He further added that “Kirk’s life was well-lived, and he leaves a legacy in film that will endure for generations to come.” We can’t agree more with his words.
The renowned actor survived a helicopter crash in 1991 and had suffered a stroke in 1996. In recent years his health had been in decline but continued to serve as a Goodwill Ambassador for the U.S. State Department. He will not only be remembered for his work in Hollywood but also tons of humanitarian work.