New York: Kirk Douglas, the cleft-chinned movie star who fought gladiators, cowboys and boxers on the screen and the Hollywood establishment, died on Wednesday at the age of 103, his son Michael Douglas said.
It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103, Michael Douglas said in a statement to People magazine and on his Facebook page.
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 setting a standard for all of us to aspire to, Douglas added.
Kirk’s life was well-lived, and he leaves a legacy in the 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, Michael added, saying he was “so proud” to be his father’s son.
Douglas made more than 90 movies in a career that stretched across seven decades and films such as Spartacus and the Vikings made him one of the biggest box office stars of the 1950s and 60s.