Kirk Douglas has died at the age of 103, but not without leaving behind one of the most enviable legacies in movie history.
The star of movies like Spartacus and Stanley Kubrick's war epic Paths of Glory was among the last of his generation of leading men, who took on westerns, war movies and swords-and-sandals epics.
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He died yesterday at his home in Beverly Hills, his son Michael Douglas at his side.
“It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103,” he said in a post to his Facebook page.
“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.
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“Dad - I love you so much and I am so proud to be your son.”
Hollywood has paid tribute to a dazzling career in front of the camera.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Anne, Michael and sons Joel and Peter.
Kirk Douglas was one of the biggest stars of all time & a brilliant actor with an unforgettable, blazing charisma. He will also be remembered for putting his career on the line by defying the Hollywood Blacklist, hiring writer Dalton Trumbo for the classic Spartacus. #RIP 💔 pic.twitter.com/snzoHPMtDr— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) February 6, 2020
Bravo Kirk Douglas on an incredible life. Thank you for so generously sharing your amazing talent with all of us. The film we made together will always hold a special place in my heart. My love to Anne & your beautiful family. #KirkDouglas— Mitzi Gaynor (@TheMitziGaynor) February 5, 2020
KIrk Douglas will always be an icon in the pantheon of Hollywood. He put himself on the line to break the blacklist. My love goes out to my friend Michael and the whole family.— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) February 5, 2020
“I wanted to be an actor ever since I was a kid in the second grade. I did a play, and my mother made a black apron, and I played a shoemaker. After the performance, [my father] gave me my first Oscar: an ice cream cone.” -Kirk Douglas— The Academy (@TheAcademy) February 5, 2020
Goodbye to a Hollywood legend. pic.twitter.com/vnu1Hkb2FA
The SAG Awards mourns the loss of the legendary and talented Life Achievement Recipient Kirk Douglas. His commitment to acting and justice were inspirational. Our thoughts go out to his family at this time. pic.twitter.com/ydrciLNRZm— SAG Awards® (@SAGawards) February 6, 2020
I was lucky enough to spend some time with Kirk Douglas almost exactly 3yrs ago today. The body was fading but the spirit was sharp, he was sweet, courteous and a little melancholic https://t.co/qDW8phwJKA— Hadley Freeman (@HadleyFreeman) February 6, 2020
Condolences to the family of Kirk Douglas. What an incredible icon he was in this industry! 😞— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) February 5, 2020