Michael Douglas Wrote A Touching Tribute To His Father, Kirk Douglas, Who Died On Wednesday
Our condolences go out to the entire family at this difficult time.
Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas died Feb. 5, two months after his 103rd birthday. The actor who was known for his tough-guy roles starred in more than 80 movies, but he was perhaps best known as the rebelling Roman slave in “Spartacus.”
Over the years, Douglas was nominated for Best Actor for three films: “Champion” in 1949, “The Bad and the Beautiful” in 1952 and “Lust for Life” in 1956. The Academy gave him an honorary Oscar in 1996.
Douglas’ exploits extended beyond the silver screen, though. He led a fight against Hollywood’s blacklist in the 1950s, and the success of “Spartacus” helped demolish the blacklist — which the film’s screenwriter, Dalton Trumbo, was on at the time. He told NPR, “Sometimes I often think that if I were much older, would I still have done it? Anyhow, I did it. It was an impulsive thing. I’m proud of it. I think it’s one of the good things that I’ve done in life.”
His humanitarian efforts took him to former Iron Curtain countries, where he served as a goodwill ambassador for the U.S. State Department, and Douglas and his wife Anne Buydens spent millions of dollars sprucing up more than 400 playgrounds in California.
In the 1990s, he survived a stroke and a helicopter crash, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“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 in the post, which included photos of his father and family. “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.”
Michael continued the post by saying his father’s life was “well-lived.”
“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,” he wrote. “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.”