Kirk Douglas, Hollywood’s iconic actor has passed away at the age of 103. The legendary actor of the silver screen is the father of Michael Douglas, who has a number of films to his credit.
He made his film debut in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers in 1946 and become an international film star throughout the 1950s and 1960s
Kirk was best known for his Oscar-nominated role as an unscrupulous boxing hero in 1949’s Champion, as well as his starring role in the 1960 historical epic Spartacus, based on the story of a slave who leads a revolt at a gladiatorial school.
“It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103,” his son actor Michael Douglas said in a statement to People Magazine.
“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 setting a standard for all of us to aspire to.”
“Kirk’s life was well-lived, and he leaves a legacy in the 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,” Michael added.
“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 Douglas made an appearance at the 2018 Golden Globes to present the award for best screenplay and received a standing ovation when he came out onto the stage.
The iconic star is survived by his wife of 65 years Anne Buydens, and his three sons Michael, Joel, and Eric.
He was awarded an honorary Oscar for 50 years in 1996, as a creative and moral force in the motion picture community.