- Legendary film star, Kirk Douglas, has died aged 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
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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"
“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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