Hollywood Legend Kirk Douglas Has Passed Away At The Age Of 103
Kirk Douglas, one of the most beloved actors in Hollywood history has passed away today at the age of 103. His son, actor Michael Douglas made the announcement on behalf of his family earlier today in an Instagram post.
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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
Douglas is well known for his action epics including his turn as Ned Land in Disney’s 1954 film 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. Other noteworthy roles include Colonel Dax in Stanley Kubrick’s 1957 anti-war film, Paths of Glory, as well as the title character in the 1960 epic historical drama film, Spartacus, which he produced and starred in along with Peter Ustinov. He also played Archie Long in the Touchstone Pictures film, Tough Guys (which he also produced), Eduardo Provolone in the Touchstone film Oscar, Harry Agensky in the Miramax Films film Diamonds, and Mitchell Gromberg in the Buena Vista International film It Runs in the Family. He also produced Something Wicked This Way Comes for Disney.
Douglas was also known for his efforts in breaking Hollywood’s famous blacklist during the height of Cold War paranoia and was a committed philanthropist. In 1981, Jimmy Carter presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Douglas was the child of Jewish immigrants from Belarus (his birth name was Issur Danielovitch) and grew up in New York. His breakout role was the 1949 boxing drama Champion for which he received his first academy award.
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