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Kirk Douglas dies


Kirk Douglas dies

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Kirk Douglas, the legendary lead actor in Spartacus and Gunfight at the OK Corral, is dead.

His son, actor Michael Douglas made the announcement today on his Instagram account.

“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,” Michael wrote.

“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 was nominated for best actor three times and won an Oscar in 1996.

Among his other accolades include the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1981), the French Legion of Honour in 1985 and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Kirk survived a helicopter crash in 1991 and a stroke in 1996. He had four children and was married to Anne since 1954. His first marriage to Diana, mother of Michael and Joel, lasted from 1943 to 1951. Another son, Eric, predeceased him in 2004. (SAT)