- Legendary film star, Kirk Douglas, has died at the age of 103
- Kirk appeared in over 70 movies in his long Hollywood career
- His son and fellow actor, Michael Douglas, said Kirk will best be remembered as a wonderful family man by those who were closest to him
Movie legend Kirk Douglas passed away yesterday at 103 years old. His passing was confirmed by his son, Michael Douglas, in a statement that detailed how much Kirk meant to his immediate and extended family.
Michael wrote: “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 of us all 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 grandchildren, their loving grandfather, and to his wife Anne, a wonderful husband.
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“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.”
Kirk was born Issur Danielovitch to parents of Russian descent in New York city. He began his career as a stage actor and went on to be nominated for a Best Actor Oscar in 1959.
He's made over 70 films and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Fans have begun paying tribute to the Lust for Life star on social media:
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In a related Hollywood death story, some months ago Legit.ng reported that veteran comedian and actor, John Witherspoon passed at 77. The entertainer gave up the ghost on October 29, with cause of death yet to be stated. Witherspoon was survived by his wife and two sons.
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