Legendary Hollywood actor Kirk Douglas dead at 103, son says

"Spartacus" legend Kirk Douglas is the father of Oscar-winner Michael Douglas.
"Spartacus" legend Kirk Douglas is the father of Oscar-winner Michael Douglas. (Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

HOUSTON – Hollywood icon and renowned actor Kirk Douglas died Wednesday. He was 103.

Douglas, the father of actor Michael Douglas, was one of the first box-office stars of the silver screen and had a decorated career over the span of six decades.

He recently celebrated his 103rd birthday in December.

Michael Douglas posted the following on Instagram about his father’s passing:

“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. #KirkDouglas

Kirk Douglas was nominated three times for Oscars — for "Champion," "The Bad and the Beautiful" and "Lust for Life." He later received an honorary award for "50 years as a creative and moral force" in the movie industry.

His son Michael won Oscars as producer for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and as actor for “Wall Street.”

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