Kirk Douglas | AFP
Flowers are placed on the star of late actor Kirk Douglas, February 5, 2020 on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California | AFP
In this file photo taken in 1960 US actor Kirk Douglas and British actress Jean Simmons are pictured during the filming of "Spartacus"directed by Stanley Kubrick | AFP
In this undated file photo actor Kirk Douglas poses for a portrait | AFP
In this file photo taken on November 17, 1997 US actor Kirk Douglas (C) holds the King David Award that was presented to him by the Jerusalem Fund Aish Ha Torah during a dinner in Beverly Hills, which was attended by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu(L) and Rabbi Katzow(R), director of the Jerusalem Fund Aish Ha Torah | AFP
Douglas made more than 90 movies in a career that stretched across seven decades and films such as “Spartacus” and “The Vikings”
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 set a standard for all of us to aspire to,” Douglas added.
“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,” 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.