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Kirk Douglas Dies at 103

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2019 was a hard year for all of us with all the celebrities that passed away. 2020 started with tragic deaths of Nick Gordon, Rocky Johnson, Kobe and Gianna Bryant. And yet we keep receiving sad news. Kirk Douglas passed away on February 5 at the age of 103. The legendary actor is one of the pillars of Hollywood’s golden age. He was also a known author and philanthropist.

His son, Michael Douglas, made the announcement on Instagram. He revealed that it was with tremendous sadness that he and his brothers had to announce the passing of their father at the age of 103.

He continued by saying that he was a legend, an actor of Hollywood’s golden age, and a humanitarian committed to justice as well as the causes he strongly believed in. He also said that his father set a standard for all of them to aspire to. However, for Michael and his brothers Joel and Peter, Kirk was simply Dad and to his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, a wonderful father-in-law and a loving husband to his wife, Anne.

In addition, Michael said that Kirk lived his life well. He had left a legacy in film which is guaranteed to endure for many generations. His work as a philanthropist in helping the public and bringing peace to the world will never be forgotten. The actor concluded by saying the words he said to his father during his last birthday and that is how much he loves his father and how proud he is to be his son.

Kirk Douglas is famous for his classic movies like Spartacus, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Ace in the Hole, The Way West, Paths of Glory, There was a Crooked Man, A Gunfight, and more. However, he was proudest of Lonely are the Brave which he insisted on filming against the advice of the studio and on a meager budget. According to him, he loved the theme of the movie which focused on the fact that if you try to become an individual, society will crush you.

He was first married to Diana Douglas, an actress, whom he had two children namely Michael and Joel. They divorced in 1951. In 1953, he met Anne Buydens while filming the Act of Love in Paris. She didn’t want to get involved with him at first but eventually, she gave in and accepted his offer to accompany him to watch the circus. They got married on May 29, 1954, in Las Vegas and were blessed with sons Peter and Eric.

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Kirk Douglas had a stroke in 1996 but he still managed to accept a tribute presented to him at the Oscars by famous presenter, Steven Spielberg. He also received several awards including the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991 and the Screen Actor Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999 among others.

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