Hollywood’s golden era actor Kirk Douglas dies at 103
Hollywood’s golden age cinema’s superstar Kirk Douglas passed away at the age of 103 at his Beverly Hills residence on Wednesday. He was known for his intense muscular performances in movies like 1960 classic ‘Spartacus’ and ‘Paths of Glory’.
The news was confirmed and announced by his son and Oscar-winning actor and filmmaker Michael on the social media networking website. His post read, “It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103.”
In another of his posts, he wrote, “(To) me and my brothers Joel and Peter he was simply Dad, to Catherine (Zeta-Jones), a wonderful father-in-law, to his grandchildren and great-grandchild their loving grandfather, and to his wife Anne, a wonderful husband.”
His concluding post read, “He was well lived, and he leaves a legacy in a 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.”
As the news of his death spread, tributes poured in from across Hollywood and around the world.
Douglas was a prolific actor with over 90 credits to his name in the six decades of his professional life. He was born in New York in 1916 and started his career as a stage actor. He then graduated to movies in 1946 and shot to fame for his role as a womaniser boxer in 1949’s Champion. Before starting his stage career, he also served in the US Navy during the Second World War.