Los Angeles: Hollywood’s legendary actor Kirk Douglas died at the age of 103. He was the son of Jewish Russian immigrants who rose through the ranks to become on eof the biggest ever stars on The US silver screen.
Kirk was one of the last survivors of the golden age cinema. His son Michael Douglas is an Oscar winning actor and filmmaker.
The ‘Sartacus’ actor was well known for his tough boy roles he took up in around 90s. Kirk had a six decade long career.
“It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103,” his son said on social media further adding, “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 Kirk was honoured by the Academy Award in 1995 for lifetime achievement. He was awarded for 50 years as a creative and moral force in the motion picture community.
He was Oscar-nominated for different roles namely a double-crossing and womanizing boxer in “Champion” (1949), a ruthless movie producer in “The Bad and the Beautiful” (1952) and tortured artist Vincent Van Gogh in “Lust for Life” (1956).
While his fourth son Eric died of drug overdose, in his 40s, Douglas is survived by second wife Anne Buydens (100) and three sons.