An enormously sad night tonight as Hollywood legend and icon Kirk Douglas has passed away at 103!
“It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103,” son Michael Douglas wrote on his Instagram account. “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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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 was born Issur Danielovitch Demsky in the industrial town of Amsterdam. His parents, Jewish immigrants from Russia, raised seven children, and as soon as he was old enough, Douglas went to work to help support the family.
He put himself through St. Lawrence University by working as a janitor. After receiving his bachelor of arts degree, he moved to Manhattan where, as a result of a single reading for the head of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, received a special scholarship.
Douglas appeared in nearly 100 films and Television shows throughout his storied career. He is perhaps best known for his legendary role in Spartacus (1960).
His numerous film roles included Champion (1949), Along The Great Divide (1951), Ulysses (1954), 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957), The Vikings (1958), Lonely Are The Brave (1962), The Man from Snowy River (1982), and so many more.
He didn’t appear in many genre roles but those he did left a lasting impression on us all. They include The Fury (1978), Saturn 3 (1980), The Final Countdown (1980), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (TV Movie) (1973), Tales from the Crypt (TV Series) (1991).
Nominated three times for best actor by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — for Champion (1949), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) and Lust for Life (1956) — Douglas was the recipient of an honorary Oscar in 1996. Arguably the top male star of the post-World War II era, he acted in more than 80 movies before retiring from films in 2004.
Douglas’ many honors include the highest award that can be given to a U.S. civilian, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Douglas is survived by his wife who is 100 and sons Michael and Joel.
There will never be another Kirk Douglas. He was undoubtedly one of the greatest stars of the golden age of Hollywood. He will be deeply missed, but his work and memory will live on forever.
All of us at Horror Patch would like to offer our sincerest condolences to Kirk Douglas’s family and friends.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter