One of the longest acting legends of our time in the golden era of Hollywood Kirk Douglas, has farewelled at the amazing age of 103 years. His scale of work with the film industry will be remembered such as “Lust for Life,” “Spartacus” and “Paths of Glory,” many more.
He died on Wednesday at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif as his son the actor Michael Douglas announced the death in a statement on his Facebook page.
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.
IN 1996 suffered a severe stroke but continued on from recovering and in 2011, cane in hand, he came onstage at the Academy Awards ceremony, good-naturedly flirted with the co-host Anne Hathaway and jokingly stretched out his presentation of the Oscar for best supporting actress.
He will be marked as one of best who left behind such an outstanding record of work and love for the industry.
—Jack Valenti, president of the Motion Picture Association of America.
Kirk is one of a kind. He has an overpowering physical presence, which is why on a large movie screen he looms over the audience like a tidal wave in full flood. Globally revered, he is now the last living screen legend of those who vaulted to stardom at the war’s end, that special breed of movie idol instantly recognizable anywhere, whose luminous on-screen characters are forever memorable.
In Beverly Hill a theatre named after him which I visited late last year.