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Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas, whose acting career lasted seven decades, has died at the age of 103.
Kirk Douglas, a stage and screen actor, was known for a number of roles, including the 1960 classic Spartacus, in which he played the title character.
Born in New York in 1916, Kirk Douglas rose to prominence during the “golden age” of Hollywood, winning his first Oscar nomination for the 1949 film.
The legendary actor was also the father of Oscar-winning actor Michael Douglas.
Michael Douglas said in a statement:
“It is with great sadness that we announce with our brothers that Kirk Douglas has left us today.”
“He was a legend to the world, an actor from the golden age of film … but to me and my brothers Joel and Peter, he was just a father.” the statement read.
“Let me end with the words I said to him on his last birthday, which will always remain true. Dad – I love you so much and I’m so proud to be your son. “
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Michael Douglas’ wife and Kirk’s daughter-in-law, Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, posted a photo of the two together, writing: “I will love you for the rest of my life. I miss you already.”
Kirk Douglas was prolific as a film actor, with more than 90 credits in his name, from the 1940s to the 2000s.
He is perhaps best known for Spartacus, a Stanley Kubrick film that won four Oscars and was so popular that its iconic scene “I’m Spartacus” entered the pop culture lexicon.
Kirk Douglas himself has been nominated for an Oscar three times – for Champion (1949), The bad and the beautiful (1952) and Thirst for life (1956). He eventually won the honorary award in 1996 in recognition of his 50 years in the industry.
The actor faced difficulties in his personal life. He barely survived a helicopter crash in 1991 that killed two people. Five years later, he suffered a severe stroke that affected his speech.
In 2004, his son Eric died at the age of 46 from an accidental drug overdose.
In his later years, Kirk Douglas turned his attention to charity. He donated millions of dollars to charity and helped fund an Alzheimer’s unit at a retirement home in Los Angeles.