Kirk Douglas Dead at 103

Hollywood icon, Kirk Douglas, has died at the honourable age of 103.

His son, actor Michael Douglas, confirmed in an emotional Instagram post that his father had passed away of natural causes on Wednesday, 5 February, at his home in Beverly Hills, California.

The “Wall Street” star paid tribute to his father: “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 … I am so proud to be your son.”

Born Issur Danielovitch Demsky, Douglas and his family lived in abject poverty in Amsterdam, New York. After a stint in the navy, he made his on-screen debut in the 1946 film, “The Strange Love of Martha Ivers.”

In 1949, Douglas achieved fame by playing a boxer in the film “Champion.” He went on to star in 80 films, including 1960’s “Spartacus”, and received multiple awards, along with acclaim from critics and audiences alike.

He is survived by his three sons – Michael, Joel and Peter – as well as his eight grandchildren.

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