Legendary Actor Kirk Douglas Dead at 103

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Legendary actor Kirk Douglas, who starred in such films as Spartacus and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, died Wednesday, February 5 at the age of 103.

His son Michael Douglas took to social media to share the sad news with a lengthy and loving post about his dad.

“It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103,” he began the post.  “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 went on to add, “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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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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Kirk Douglas, born Issur Danielovitch Demsky, entered the world on December 9, 1916. He was the only son amongst six sisters. The handsome actor began his career in 1946 in the role Walter O’Neil in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers with Barbara Stanwyck. It wasn’t until 1949 that Douglas became a star in his role as Michael Kelly in The Champion, where he received his first of three Academy Award nominations. He would later go on to receive two more Oscar nominations  in his career, receiving the Oscar for Lifetime Achievement. He went on to star in over 90 films.

Kirk married his first wife Diana Dill in 1942. The couple welcomed two sons, Michael and Joel. They later divorced in 1951. In 1954, Kirk married the woman he would spend the rest of his life with, Anne Buydens, whom he met on the set of Lust For Life. Kirk and Anne went on to have two sons, Peter and Eric, who died in 2004 from a drug and alcohol overdose.

Michael recently celebrated his father’s 103rd birthday with a special post, at the same time he received a Golden Globe nomination for The Kominsky Method on Netflix.

“Happy birthday Dad! You are a living legend and your entire family sends you all the love in their hearts! #KirkDouglas #103,” Michael wrote in post. He followed it up in a second post, thanking the Hollywood Foreign Press for his nomination on his dad’s 103rd birthday. “12.9.2019 what a great day! Thank you to the HFPA for the @GoldenGlobes nomination, and for making my Dad proud on his 103rd birthday! #TheKominskyMethod.”

Kirk is survived by his wife of 65 years, Anne, and his sons Michael, Joel, and Peter.

Our thoughts go out to the Douglas family at this time. R.I.P.