Golden Age Movie Legend Kirk Douglas Passes Away At 103

Legendary movie actor Kirk Douglas passed away yesterday at the age of 103.

Douglas, whose career spanned decades, with his first on screen role being in 1946’s The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, passed away at his Beverly Hills home.

The veteran actor’s son, Michael Douglas, also an acclaimed, award-winning actor, released a statement announcing his world famous father’s death on social media.

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. –Michael Douglas

Kirk Douglas was one of the very few surviving actors from Hollywood’s ‘Golden Age’ of film, an era that preceded the advent of television.

Though Kirk Douglas received a number of awards over his long career, including the Medal Of Freedom bestowed by then-President Jimmy Carter in 1981, Douglas was nominated 3 different times for an Oscar but was passed over each time. However, he was awarded an Honorary Oscar in 1996 for “50 years as a creative and moral force in the motion picture community”, according to the Oscars Committee.

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