Legendary Hollywood icon and Presidential Medal of Freedom winner Kirk Douglas has died at the age of 103.
As The Hill reports:
The honorary Academy Award winner died Wednesday, his son, actor Michael Douglas, said in an Instagram post.
“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,” Douglas wrote.
It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103. 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. 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. 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. 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. #KirkDouglas
The star of “Spartacus” – the 1960 film that helped to end the Hollywood blacklist – didn’t shy away from discussing politics during his career that spanned more than six decades.
In a 2012 interview with Variety, Douglas said of making “Spartacus” that “the [political] climate was similar to the climate we’re having now. And what I mean by that is, there are too many Republicans, too many Democrats, and not enough Americans.”
Douglas, best known for his iconic role in ‘Spartacus,’ is survived by his children, including his son Michael Douglas.