Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas has died at the age of 103.
Kirk passed away in his family home in Beverly Hills, his son, actor Michael Douglas, revealed.
Michael delivered the news in a statement which read: "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."
Michael said his father "leaves behind a legacy" and praised his "history as a renowned philanthropist" also.
He concluded the statement saying: "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."
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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
Since then tributes have poured in from notable names across the globe. Steven Spielberg said Douglas left behind a "breathtaking body of work". In a statement, he added: "Kirk retained his movie star charisma right to the end of his wonderful life and I'm honoured to have been a small part of his last 45 years."
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Kirk's daughter-in-law, also left a touching on tribute.
The likes of Mark Hamill, Rob Reiner and Danny DeVito among others have tweeted tributes to the 'Spartacus' star also.
Kirk Douglas was one of the biggest stars of all time & a brilliant actor with an unforgettable, blazing charisma. He will also be remembered for putting his career on the line by defying the Hollywood Blacklist, hiring writer Dalton Trumbo for the classic Spartacus. #RIP 💔 pic.twitter.com/snzoHPMtDr
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) February 6, 2020
KIrk Douglas will always be an icon in the pantheon of Hollywood. He put himself on the line to break the blacklist. My love goes out to my friend Michael and the whole family.
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) February 5, 2020
Condolences to the family of Kirk Douglas. What an incredible icon he was in this industry! 😞
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) February 5, 2020
Kirk Douglas. The inspirational Scalawag. 103 years on this earth. That’s got a nice ring to it! Great hanging with you man.
— Danny DeVito (@DannyDeVito) February 6, 2020
Legendary actor Kirk Douglas has passed on today at the age of 103. An Academy Award winning actor and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Douglas was a champion for many just causes and lived a long and storied life. He was adored and beloved, and he shall be missed.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) February 5, 2020
Bravo Kirk Douglas on an incredible life. Thank you for so generously sharing your amazing talent with all of us. The film we made together will always hold a special place in my heart. My love to Anne & your beautiful family. #KirkDouglas
— Mitzi Gaynor (@TheMitziGaynor) February 5, 2020
Heartbroken. Kirk Douglas was a friend and an absolute legend of a star and human. He got better with every passing day. So honored to have known him. My love to his family. We could use a true Spartacus. #ripkirkdouglas
— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) February 6, 2020
“I wanted to be an actor ever since I was a kid in the second grade. I did a play, and my mother made a black apron, and I played a shoemaker. After the performance, [my father] gave me my first Oscar: an ice cream cone.” -Kirk Douglas
Goodbye to a Hollywood legend. pic.twitter.com/vnu1Hkb2FA
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) February 5, 2020
#KirkDouglas has died, at 103. He had such a memorable career, but if I may suggest, check out two of his earliest films, both streamable at Amazon: ‘The Strange Love of Martha Ivers’ (1946) and ‘A Letter to Three Wives’ (1949). Right out of the gate, he was mesmerizing. pic.twitter.com/ThGm2eOiuZ
— Tommy Krasker (@TommyKrasker) February 5, 2020
— 10 daily (@10Daily) February 5, 2020
No, no, no! #KirkDouglas just passed away. He was 103. 😢
Douglas was not only one of the finest actors ever, he was also a mensch, a proud Jew and a Zionist! May his memory always be blessed! pic.twitter.com/narxrVIw76
— Arsen Ostrovsky (@Ostrov_A) February 5, 2020
— cinematicanarchy (@cinematicanarc1) February 5, 2020
RIP Kirk Douglas, 103.
One of the all-time great movie stars. What a life. 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/V0l1qEZvTv
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 6, 2020
Kirk Douglas stood up for decency, justice, and the best of America when he put himself on the line to end the blacklist. He’s a reminder that when people with power stand up to tyranny, they can affect change. https://t.co/6CBT5kkNQL
— Ben Mankiewicz (@BenMank77) February 6, 2020