The news was confirmed by his son Michael Douglas who wrote, "It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103."
One of the greatest leading men of Hollywood, Kirk Douglas has passed away at the age of 103, reported CNN. Kirk's personal life was as colorful and eventful as was his reel life. The news was confirmed by his son Michael Douglas. On his Instagram account, Michael Douglas wrote, "It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103."
He added, "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. 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."
Born to Russian immigrants, Kirk Douglas' rise to becoming a Hollywood legend wasn't a bed of roses. He paid for his college by working as a gardener and janitor before winning a scholarship to the Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. That's where he would meet Diana Dill, his first wife, and the mother of two children, actor Michael Douglas, and producer Joel Douglas.
Kirk had previously appeared in movies like the Path of Glory and Spartacus. Some of his other notable movies include Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Lonely Are the Brave, Seven Days in May, to name a few. Apart from being one of the leading actors of his time, Kirk was also an activist during the Hollywood blacklist era. His company produced Spartacus that was penned by Dalton Trumbo, who, at that time, was blacklisted as one of the Hollywood Ten.
The actor was married to Anne Buydens, a producer, for 65 years, until his death. He had divorced his first wife Diana Dill in 1951 before meeting Anne Buydens and marrying her in 1954. He admitted to having many affairs and wrote about them in his 1988 autobiography The Ragman's Son.
Having lived to the age of 103, he was one of the last links to the golden era of Hollywood. Kirk Douglas had suffered a stroke in 1996, following which he had trouble speaking. The recovery from the stroke would be a painful journey for Kirk Douglas. He would go to live till 103.
His son said that his father's life "was well lived, and he leaves a legacy in films 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." He continued, "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."