Kirk Douglas, last of Hollywood’s Golden Age Actors, passes away at 103

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Kirk Douglas, the ferocious, cleft-chinned leading man and one of the last of Hollywood’s Golden Age matinee idols, passed away Wednesday, his son, actor Michael Douglas announced. He was 103.

The elder Douglas was a three-time Best Actor Oscar nominee and the headliner of more than 80 films. Key credits include Paths of Glory, the Stanley Kubrick war drama; Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, the classic Western that paired him with favorite co-star Burt Lancaster; Lust for Life, the Vincent Van Gogh biopic; The Bad and the Beautiful, the definitive Hollywood melodrama; and the Billy Wilder media-circus exposé, Ace in the Hole.

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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

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He is probably best known for Spartacus, the 1960 Roman slave epic that was also directed by Kubrick.

“I came from abject poverty,” he once said. “There was nowhere to go but up.”

In 1995, Douglas suffered a stroke that robbed him of his distinctive voice.

Douglas went onto regain the power of speech, and stage a big-screen comeback, starting with 1999’s Diamonds.

“You have to make the effort,” Douglas told the San Francisco Chronicle in 2007. “If I didn’t make the effort to talk slowly and distinctly, no one would understand me. It’s difficult because your thoughts are so far ahead of your speech. It’s a constant battle.”

At the 2011 Oscars, Douglas presented in the Best Supporting Actress category.

His survivors include his three living sons, and the former Anne Buydens, his second wife, whom he married in 1954. He was also close to Michael’s wife Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Source: Yahoo News

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