Kirk Douglas, one of the last movie stars of Hollywood’s golden age of cinema, whose rugged looks in 'Spartacus' made women go weak in their knees, has passed away at the age of 103. The legendary actor, producer, and director breathed his last at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif.
His son, the Oscar-winning actor Michael Douglas announced of his passing with an emotional post on his official Facebook handle.
“It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103,” Michael said in the statement.
Kirk rose to prominence in the '40s and popularity has followed him ever since then. In a career spanning over 60 decades, the big star has worked in nearly 100 movies. Amiability followed him into his old age as he unabashedly and good-naturedly flirted with young actresses, including his daughter-in-law, Catherine Zeta-Jones.
“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." read the post.
Instantly recognizable with a chiselled jaw-line, a dimpled chin, a gritty voice, and an intense gaze, Kirk Douglas was a big star-- the last of the legendary leading men like Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, and Gregory Peck. In his words, Douglas liked to play the "tough sons of bitches"-- the flawed men.
“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," wrote his son.
Kirk is survived by his second wife Anne Buydens, 100, and his three sons.